Marjory Niewenhous Sherman

November 8, 1921July 21, 2018

Marjory Burdett Niewenhous Sherman died on July 21, 2018 at age 96. She was born in New York City to Mathias William Niewenhous and Edith Aue Hyatt Niewenhous on November 8, 1921. She grew up in New York and graduated from The College of Mount Saint Vincent in 1942 with a Bachelor's degree.

Later that year, Marjory moved to Washington, DC and worked for Naval Intelligence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Security Agency as an intelligence analyst until her retirement in 1958 to become a housewife in Bethesda, Maryland.

Marjory married Robert Miller Sherman on January 7, 1956, and the couple had two children together. Her son, Robert Miller Sherman, Jr. was born on August 6, 1957, and her daughter, Carolyn Hyatt Sherman was born on July 31, 1959. Mrs. Sherman and her family moved to Dallas, Texas in 1974, where she lived for the rest of her life. The family had many animals and a small farm in Wills Point, TX. Marjory enjoyed gardening, reading, and was devoted to her Christian faith.

Mrs. Sherman is preceded in death by her parents, Mathias William Niewenhous and Edith Hyatt Niewenhous, and by her husband, Robert Miller Sherman. She is also preceded in death by her four siblings: Dorothy Niewenhous Marsh, Mathias William Niewenhous, Jr., Dr. Theodore Hyatt Niewenhous, and Gerald Elveron Niewenhous. She is survived by her son, Robert Miller Sherman, Jr., and by her daughter, Dr. Carolyn Hyatt Sherman, and by several nieces and nephews and their families.


  • Visitation Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Marjory Schwartz

August 1, 2018

Some of the earliest of family stories about Marjory Burdett Niewenhous Sherman took place on an island that the extended family of Niewenhous brothers owned and visited every summer for many years. This island is located off Canada in Lake Ontario. The only way to get to the island is by boat. The island is big enough that it had several houses, and the family included aunts, uncles and many cousins. With the coming and going of so many people the boathouse was an important structure. With the many children around, the kids were always up to mischief.

The story goes that Marjory climbed up on top of the boathouse, maybe to wave in some arriving cousins, or maybe she climbed up on a dare. She was dancing around on the roof, but then she slipped, fell off, and broke her wrist. There was no doctor anywhere nearby so one of the adults rigged up a splint, and by that means her bones knitted together, slightly off set. But her mood could not be dampened and her characteristic vivacious spirit prevailed.

For school, she followed her elder sister Dorothy (my mother) to the girls school of Mount Saint Vincent. The Mount, as they called it, was founded by the Dominican Order of the the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. Several of Marjory's great aunts and uncles immigrated from Holland and as adults took vows to serve in the Dominican Order. The Mount is in a beautiful, bucolic setting on the Hudson River just outside the hustle and bustle of New York City. Her aunt, Sister Mary Emmanuel lived there in the convent, and taught piano. Marjory was quite athletic, and with her sister, won all the sports ribbons at the Mount, every year. Mother said it was almost embarrassing that they were always having to pop up to receive another award. These two girls attended the Mount "all through school", including graduation from college.

Below is a photo taken of Marjory (second on left, first row) with her many cousins, in the early 20s.

Marjory Schwartz

July 31, 2018

Auntie Marjory brought such good energy wherever she was. She was fun-loving, had an infectious laugh and would attend to those around her with complete warmth. She would never take the spotlight, but her spirit shown all the more, for her unassuming, joyful nature. She was one-of-a-kind and heaven is a brighter place with her presence. I can almost hear the angels laughing. I will carry the sweet memory of Marjory Burdett Niewenhous Sherman with me all my days.

Rebecca Gonzalez

July 28, 2018

Mrs. Sherman was a gentle soul. She was a country girl at heart. She was always very hospitable to my brother Danny, his wife Peggy and myself. Her son Robert has been very helpful on different home projects that we’ve had over the years. Robert has been an exceptional son to Marge. He lives down the street from her where he would see her practically every day. For about a year now, he had been spending 16 to 20 hrs a day taking very close care of her in her home, while his sister Lynny has been at work. When Dr. Sherman would come home from the hospital, she would call all her patients for the next day, to make sure they were doing the right things before their surgery. She's an anesthesiologist. She also would answer any last minute questions they might have. When she was done, then she would also help care for her mom. It’s wonderful to see how they both cared for their mom in their respective ways, in order to keep her at home for as long as possible. Mrs. Sherman knew she was loved.
The Bible at 1Cor.15:26 says “The last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing”. I look forward to that day. Christ Jesus taught us to pray for God’s Kingdom to come. When on earth, Jesus performed many miracles. He cured the sick, the lame & the blind and raised loved ones from death. This was just a sample of what he will do. When God’s Kingdom is established, he will do these on a grand scale, not just for a few, but for all righteous ones. There are many more blessings to come when the earthly paradise is restored. God’s original purpose for the earth will be accomplished. Right now, we’re living in the detour.
I look forward to seeing Christ Jesus resurrect dear Mrs. Sherman to a perfect body in the Paradise earth restored that Adam had lost for us, but that Jesus gave his life for us to regain it. She will get to see the lion and the lamb feed as one. –Isa.11:6
A friend,
Rebecca Gonzalez

Laura Niewenhous

July 24, 2018

Beth, Bobby, Lynny, and baby Devona April 1970

Laura Niewenhous

July 24, 2018

Uncle Bob, Aunt Marjory, and baby Devona in 1970

Laura Niewenhous

July 24, 2018

Mom and I found a few old photos from when the Sherman's lived in Maryland. Aunt Marjory was a very sweet, kind, and caring woman, who loved to laugh. I never heard her say anything unkind. She was a beautiful example to me of a Christian woman. We will meet again with God's grace.

David and Paula Etter

July 24, 2018

Marge was truly a special friend and we loved her like family. We enjoyed so many wonderful times together and we will miss them tremendously. With Marge we shared evenings at the theater, birthdays in the park, many fun meals at Mexicali and Szechuan, and years of birthday and holiday celebrations. Marge was always such a delight! She has changed and blessed our lives in ways she did not know. We always tried to tell her how special she was, but she was humble and never haughty about her special loving qualities and sweet disposition. She will be dearly missed by all of us. We love you Marge! David and Paula Etter and all The Kelsey family

*The photo was Marge's 95th birthday.