Barbara Ruth Sherlock, 84, of Gothenburg died Nov. 5, 2020, at Gothenburg Health. Barbara Ruth was born on Oct. 3, 1936, in Farnam. She was the middle child of Elma and Clifford Nickerson.

Barb attended Farnam Public School, graduating with the class of 1954. She attended Kearney State College and received her bachelor’s degree in Home Economic Education in 1957. Barb began her teaching career in Franklin. She taught in schools in Kansas, Colorado, and finished her teaching career in Brady. Barb was a life-long educator, retiring in 1998. She still continued to substitute for several years in Brady and Maxwell.

Barbara married Philip Sherlock on Aug. 20, 1966, in Westminster, Colorado. Barb and Phil lived in Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska eventually settling in Farnam. After Phil’s death, Barb moved to Gothenburg. Barbara enjoyed spending time with friends and family especially her nieces and nephews. She loved doing crafts, sewing, and always enjoyed a good book. She enjoyed lunches with friends old and new at the Senior Center.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Elma Nickerson; husband, Philip Sherlock; brother, Clifford “Nick” Nickerson; and sister-in-law, Pearl Nickerson; sister, Madeline “Madie” Widick; nephews, Brad Nickerson and Clinton Nickerson.

Survivors include nieces, Priscilla Meester of Lexington, Amanda (Brian) Woolley, of Johnson Lake, Kelsey G’Schwind of Kearney, Karmen Widick, Linda Moody of Ceresco, Kim (Todd) Rosenthal of Lincoln, Andrea Nickerson of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Brittany Nickerson Myles of Apollo Beach, Florida; nephews, Gregg Widick, Tom Eckery of Lincoln, Charles Rosenthal of Omaha and Nick Rosenthal of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Ralph Widick of Farnam, along with many friends and former students.

Private inturnment will be held in the Farnam Cemetery, next to her parents. Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Senior Center, 410 20th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or the Farnam Senior Center, 214 Main St., Farnam NE 69029.