Vella “Sherry” Raney Frey

February 11, 1945 ‒ September 06, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

Vella Charlene “Sherry” (Harris) Raney Frey, 73, of 2755 Lexington Ave in Mansfield, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2018, in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital following a very sudden illness.

Sherry was born to Clyde Lee & Margaret Frances (Reese) Harris on February 11, 1945, in Bristol, Tennessee. She graduated Mansfield Senior High with the class of 1963 and later attended IBM’s technical school. She lived in Lexington and Mansfield area most of her life and was a homemaker.

She was talented at music and was able to play by ear the Accordion and Keyboard as well as a talented singer. She loved to read and always looked forward to a new book. Sherry was very creative with crafts and decorating. Sherry attended Peoples Baptist Church of Mansfield where she met and recently married William Frey.

Sherry is survived by her husband Bill Frey of Mansfield; daughter Phyllis & Doug Hutchinson of Mt. Gilead; son Tim & Genie Raney of Lexington; four grandchildren Adam Hutchinson, Luke Hutchinson, Mackenzie Raney, and Bre Raney; and brother James Harris of Mansfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde & Margaret Harris and her sister-in-law Patricia Harris.

Friends may call Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Rd) where a funeral service honoring Sherry’s life will be held 11 a.m. Monday. Pastor James Spencer will speak and burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Peoples Baptist Church of Mansfield.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Sherry’s family and encourage you to share a memory and watch her tribute video at

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  • I grew up with aunt Sherry and her family. She will be missed dearly. I remember my trips back home after joining the Air Force and her family always had open arms for myself & family throwing a great grilling/picnic at their house.Very special….love you aunt Sherry, rest in peace

    • Joe, we always loved to see your family and have always been proud of you. I know you meant a lot to mom too. Thanks for your thoughts.

  • Thoughts and prayers to all the Raney’s. May the Lord wrap His arms around you and give you Peace. Our deepest condolences 🙏✝️

    The Miller’s
    Mike, Lynne and Shelby

  • Phyllis and family,
    So sorry for you and and your family. May the Lord continue to bless and wrap his arms around all of your family.

  • I am thinking and praying for all of you. I have a lot of memories over the years. If you need anything let me know.
    I love you guys ♥️

  • Our love reaches out to you all upon the news of sweet Sherry’s going home to rest with The Father… She always greeted us with a warm smile and was a kind hearted friend over the years… May God’s love surround you all at this time…

  • My condolences to you and yours. This news was just a total shock! I’ve known Sherry for the last four years of her life….and was tickled to find she found true love in Bill, he’s a great guy and I knew she was in good hands. I love you Sherry and greatly going to miss you…..spread your wings and fly high……RIP !

  • Your Mother was always very kind to my entire family. She had a smile that I will never forget. Know that Paula and I are praying for peace and comfort for your whole family that can only come from our Lord and savior Jesus. We love you and loved watching you kids grow up into wonderful Christian adults.

  • Tim, Genie & family,
    Phyllis, Doug & family,
    So sorry to hear of your moms passing, you are all in our prayers. Prayers that she is at peace now.
    Love & Blessings,
    Ed & Carol Sickmiller

  • Tim & family,
    It was such a blessing to meet you and some of Sherry’s family after the dinner at church. Your mother blessed my life with her enormous smile & loving heart. I had the pleasure of meeting her and I grew very fond of her. I will never forget her. You are very fortunate to have known her for so long. She loved you all so very much. Even though her physical absence brings tears more, her spiritual life just took a whole new, wonderful, eternal twist!! Praise Jesus, we shall see her again!! May the Lord bless & keep you during this difficult time & know that her “family” at People’s Baptist will be praying for all of you!