In Memoriam: Sherri Jones
By Deana Foster
Women On Wheels® recently lost the woman that some could say saved our organization from extinction. Women On Wheels® was the idea of Arlene Ruby, but was acquired by P & S Management (Paul & Sam Hildebrand) which was associated with GWRRA. Sherri Jones worked for P & S, and was appointed Advertising Director in January 1987, taking editorial responsibility of the WOW magazine somewhere during June or July 1987. As the interest of P & S in Women On Wheels® waned, Sherri Jones purchased Women On Wheels® from P & S Management in October 1987, including all rights to the magazine, the trademark and our logo. Without the dedication and efforts of Sherri Jones and several other women during that time, Women On Wheels® may have ceased to exist in 1987.
Sherri Jones was a native of Arizona. As an employee of P & S, she did the design and typesetting for the Gold Wing Road Riders publication for several years prior to her work on the Women On Wheels® magazine. Thanks to her association with Paul and Sam Hildebrand, Sherri was in a position to purchase Women On Wheels® rather than allow P & S to dissolve the organization and cease publication.
Longtime member of GWRRA, joining the organization in March 1979, she was the second GWRRA newsletter editor and was instrumental in changing the newsletter into a magazine. She was the very first Wing Ding Queen, and I think it is safe to say that we WOW members can call her our Queen as well. Sherri was an avid Gold Wing rider and was riding until her passing on June 9, 2016, in Maricopa, Arizona.
Thank you Sherri. We can’t thank you enough and we will miss you greatly.
*Thank you to Kate Greenwood who put together the Early Years Scrapbook of Women On Wheels® and from where this information was gathered.
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