Obituary for Liz Shoup

LizISABELL (LIZ) SHOUP (SCHERR), born September 1, 1943, passed away of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Monday, September 28, in Rapid City, SD.

Liz is survived by her husband, Dennis Shoup, Summerset, SD; children, Todd Sholey and wife, Helen, Rock Springs, WY; Shawn Shoup and wife, Deanna, Erie, CO; and her step-son, Bryan Shoup and wife, Karen, Cambridge, VT; grandchildren, Autumn Shoup, Erie, CO; Cynthia Shoup, Superior, WI; Isabella (Bella) and Mikella (Kella) Shoup, Erie, CO; Ethan Sholey, Rock Springs, WY; and Zion Shoup, Erie, CO; siblings, LeRoy (Lee) Scherr and wife, Patricia (Pat), Osseo, MN; Clarence Scherr and wife, Betty, Rosemount, MN; Anna Cotton and husband, Roger, Costa Mesa, CA; Alvina (Al) Davis and husband, Frank, Helena, MT; Michael (Mike) Scherr and significant other, Kathleen, Dickinson, ND; Lorraine (Lori) Day, Blaine, MN; Helena (Helen) Bourgois and husband, Tim, Bismarck, ND; Joseph (Joe) Scherr and wife, Kathy, Ossipee, NH; Irene Feist and husband, David, Bismarck, ND; Steve Scherr and wife, Lanet, Dickinson, ND; Judy Pfeifer and significant other, Tim, Strasburg, ND; Elaine Bauer and husband, Brian, Aberdeen, SD.

Liz is preceded in death by her parents, Mike and Helen Scherr; sister, Angeline Scherr; brother-in-law, Walter Day; brother-in-law, Robert Soule; and sister-in-law, Vicky Scherr.

Liz was the oldest child of Mike and Helen (Ternes) Scherr. She was born at the family home with the aid of a midwife in Braddock, ND, where her parents owned and operated a farm. When she was about 3-years-old, the family moved to Strasburg, ND, where her father purchased a service station. Later Liz’s parents bought the family farm from her grandfather, Clemens Scherr, located 15 miles southwest of Strasburg. Liz attended one year of Catholic School and graduated from Strasburg Public School in 1961. She was a cheerleader in high school and the homecoming queen of Strasburg High.

Liz has 13 younger siblings, including one sister, Angeline, who passed away in infancy. Her family has treasured memories of Liz for her tender heart, gentle nurturing skills, cooking abilities and her caring spiritual guidance.

Liz married Thorman Sholey in 1962 and gave birth to her first son, Todd. After moving to Rapid City, she began a long career working as a professional childcare giver and preschool teacher. She then married the love of her life, Dennis Shoup, in 1976, in Rapid City, and gave birth to Shawn. Liz made it a priority in life to care, pray for and teach her children to love and serve God with all their hearts. Her children remember her as an eternally loving, kind and very involved mother who encouraged, equipped and released them to pursue their passions, goals and dreams.

Liz was known for her compassionate love and excellence in childcare, eventually opening up a home daycare business and often being referred to as the “best in town”. She is loved and cherished by many of the children — and parent/guardians of the children — that she loved and cared for over many years.

She was a faith-filled and dedicated follower of Christ who loved spending hours praying and reading God’s Word over family and loved ones. She was a passionate worshipper and deeply enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was an active and dedicated member of Destiny Foursquare Church and you would often see her volunteering, serving and giving to various ministries and services at the church.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Liz at a Celebration of Life service to be held at Destiny Foursquare Church, 927 E. Philadelphia Street in Rapid City, SD, Monday, October 5, starting at 11:00 a.m., Pastors Brent and Tani Parker officiating. A reception and light meal to follow. Preceding the ceremony there will also be a special gathering for family of Liz and Dennis (both sides) beginning at 10:30 a.m. Inform the ushers that you are family and you will be directed to the appropriate area.

Condolences can be sent to Dennis Shoup, 10298 Ventura Lane, Summerset, SD, 57718. They can also be shared in the comments below or on the funeral home guestbook. 

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