Shirley Scherer


Shirley Christine Scherer was born Nov. 24, 1938, in Manderson, S.D., to Joseph and Christine (Standing Bear) Mesteth.  She married Robert D. Scherer in Rapid City, S.D., July 28, 1965, and they enjoyed 53 years of marriage together. Shirley was a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Shirley was a gifted artist and her beadwork was both beautiful and helped provide for the family. Her talents of crafting beadwork, drawing and painting were world-renowned and displayed in museums and in art collections. Her favorite pastimes included walks in the woods, driving the backroads, rock hunting, picking wild berries, gardening and frequenting the casinos. She will be well remembered for being loving, caring, helpful, funny and a hard worker.

Shirley, of Custer, S.D., died Dec. 23, 2018, at Custer Regional Care. She was 80.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; daughter, Tina; granddaughter, Serenity; two brothers and three sisters.

Shirley is survived by her son, Robert (Mandy) Scherer of Martin, S.D.; daughters, Kathy Scherer of Erie, Pa., Leslie Wendt of Edgemont, S.D., and Sherry Scherer (Wambdi Sea Boy) of Sisseton, S.D.; brother, Skee Mesteth of Manderson; sister, Opal Calendar of Gillette, Wyo.; and 12 grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at a later date.