Sherrie Earlene Neff

Passed away on March 18, 2020

Sherrie Neff, age 60 of Columbia passed away on Wednesday March 18, 2020. Celebration of Life services are being planned. Sherrie was born on January 25, 1960 in Wood River, Illinois the daughter of Earl and Sylvia Prager who preceded her in death.

As a teenager in Fosterburg, IL she obtained the First Class (Gold) Award in Girl Scouting. She has been involved with the Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland since 2009 and served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader for several years.

She earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Northeast Missouri State University in 1982. On October 3, 1992 in Fosterburg, IL she was united in marriage to Bruce Neff who survives in their home. Sherrie worked most of her career at the University of Missouri Columbia as a veterinary technician. She celebrated 35 years of service with the University in May 2019.

She is survived by her husband Bruce, son Matthew, and daughter Katherine. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Ward of Fosterburg, IL; brother Tom Prager and his spouse Paula of Fosterburg, IL; and brother, Frank Prager and his spouse Chris of Dorsey, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aunt Sophia Prager and Brother Wilmer “Willie” Prager. Donations can be made to


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Jane Robinson Flynn

April 8, 2020

Sherrie had a zest for life and adventure. I always thought she could have a second career in the theater. But she also had a serious side to her: in her long career in animal health, as a teacher in research techniques, and especially in her devotion to her family.
Thanks for the many good memories and friendship, Sherrie.
I’ll see you again someday.

Suzanne Terrell

April 6, 2020

During my many years of flight nursing at University Hospital, I worked quite a bit with Sherrie with invasive skills labs. She was a wonderful person and I will miss her greatly.

John Donahue

April 2, 2020

Sherrie always had a smile on her face when I saw her. She always had something positive to say and was always joyful, even when things weren't the best in the world. I will dearly miss her smile and our conversations.

Nhu Nguyen

April 2, 2020

I also want to extend my sincere condolences to your family. You are in my prayers!
Stay well and take care,
Nhu Nguyen

Nhu Nguyen

April 2, 2020

My inner circles of friends include very few, but valuable individuals - the gems of my life. Today I've learned that my circles become smaller as I lost one of them.

Sherrie was one of the very few people I trusted, and she helped me tremendously in my animal experiments during my PhD training at the University of Missouri (MU). I always remember how patient and dedicated she was when she taught me to perform surgical procedures on rodents from A to Z. I admire her commitment, compassion, teaching abilities, and excellent techniques in veterinary care and surgeries. It is my honor to be her friend!

God took her to Heaven on March 18, 2020. This is a great loss to her people and to MU. "Everyone dies, but not everyone lives". Sherrie left her footprints of loving kindness, dedication, and wisdom. A lady of dignity and high respect!

Sherrie now rests peacefully in God's arms. From Heaven, she is smiling at her beloved family, friends, and colleagues, and is forever alive in our hearts.

Mona Kacher

April 1, 2020

I want to extend my heart-felt condolences to Sherrie's family. I was introduced to Sherrie in the mid-80's by my father-in-law Frank Garro who helped establish the first AALAS chapter on MU campus. For over 31 years on campus, I have intermittently worked with Sherrie as she taught countless techniques to researchers, graduate students and technicians in so many labs. Her knowledge base was tremendous and along with her always friendly demeanor, made her respected and well liked by everyone she met and worked with. Sherrie's ability to teach methods and techniques assisted directly and indirectly to the publication of many scientific manuscripts. She made a huge impact at MU for several decades and everyone who knew her feels the loss of this great and humble soul. Although I did not know Sherrie outside of the workplace, I was always happy when I ran into her on campus. She will be missed.

Kathy Timmd

March 31, 2020

I have known and worked with Sherrie for years. I can't believe this has happened. She was always so helpful and sharing. My best memory is our shared love of The Beatles. "Let It Be".
Gods Speed Sherrie! You are greatly missed.

Tim Evans

March 31, 2020

I am very saddened to hear of Sherrie's death. I worked with her at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and she taught me everything I know about gavaging rats and mice. We spent a lot of time talking while we were treating these animals, and once you have gavaged 50 rats together for 30 days you form a bond of friendship that just doesn't go away. She will certainly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, because Sherrie had a big personality and was a pleasure to know.

Tim Evans

Susan Hartnagel

March 31, 2020

Bruce, Katherine and Matthew,

We were all so saddened to hear of Sherrie's passing. She devoted her time and presence to our girls through scouting and it was so apparent that it was her passion. Please know your family is in our prayers.

Bryan, Susan, Kaitlyn and Brooke Hartnagel

Sheila & Tec Chapman

March 28, 2020

Remembering Sherrie as someone who always had a smile for you, was quick to laugh or share a memory related to our time share when kids were in elementary together.
She will be missed within the community & we are praying for your family at this time.
Sincerely, Tec & Sheila Chapman.