SALEM — Sharon "Sherri" (Mac Arthur) Brophy, a longtime resident of Salem, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, surrounded by loved ones at MGH, of complications from Viral Pneumonia, at the age of 63.
Sherri was born in Lynn and was the daughter of the late Dorothy Mac Arthur of Marblehead. Sherri shared 45 wonderful years with her husband Paul. She was the mother of Michael James Brophy of Hull and Tina Marie Bettencourt of Haverhill; mother-in-law to Theresa Brophy of Hull and Joseph Bettencourt of Haverhill; grandmother to Nolan, and Jett Brophy of Hull, Nikki Moberg and Kalani Brophy of Plymouth and Alicia Bettencourt of Haverhill; great-grandmother to Mason and Madison Moberg of Plymouth. She was the sister of the Marcia Mc Laughlin of Salem, N.H., and the late Bruce Mac Arthur of Beverly; and aunt to 18 nieces and nephews in the North Shore and Southern New Hampshire area.
Sherri lived life to the fullest by traveling extensively and enjoying nature to as she found it. Sherri loved the great cites of Europe and visited Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Zurich. Sherri traveled extensively across the USA numerous times, visiting Rocky Mountain, Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Volcanoes National Parks where she had close encounters with Grizzly Bears, Bison, Long Horned Sheep, and Elk.
Sherri had a passion for bridges, tunnels and mountains. Sherri drove over the Swiss Alps and through the Mount Blanc tunnel. She drove to the top of Mt. Rainier in Washington and Mt. Evans in Colorado, across the Federation Bridge in New Brunswick, the Chesapeake Tunnel-Bridge complex in Maryland and the Boulder Dam in Arizona.
Sherri loved day tripping and weekending in New England. She visited most every village and hamlet in the six state areas as well as the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Woodstock, Vt., Newport, R.I., and Rangeley, Maine, were here favorite New England destinations. Sherri was an avid moose spotter and birder. Her life list included Bald Eagles, Sand Hill Cranes, and Snowy Owls. She photographed scores of moose in Northern Maine and New Hampshire.