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Sheryl Mott, known for community service in Freehold, passes away

FREEHOLD — Sheryl Mott, who had a decades-long association with Freehold Borough’s recreation program, has passed away.

Mott, 63, died at her home on May 24, four days before she would have turned 64.

Mott grew up on Institute Street, attended Freehold Borough public schools and was a 1977 graduate of Freehold High School, according to an obituary posted online by the Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold Borough.

From the age of 14, Mott worked as a camp counselor for the Freehold Borough recreation program, eventually advancing to the position of head counselor for the summer program.

She attended Brookdale Community College and earned a scholarship to study at the University of San Diego. She also attended Ramapo College and Kean University.

In 2002, Mott received the John G. McGackin Renaissance Award in recognition of her contributions to Freehold Borough.

In her professional career, Mott was recognized by the Monmouth County Superior Court for her service with the Volunteers in Probation program. She retired as a court attendant.

Mott served as a member and former chairwoman of the Freehold Borough Recreation Commission; she worked with the Human Relations Committee and the Hispanic Junior Optimist Club; and she volunteered with the Olde Freehold Day Committee and the Spooktacular Committee.

On May 6, several weeks before her passing, Mott was honored by Mayor Kevin Kane and Borough Council members with a resolution in her honor.

In comments provided to the News Transcript, Kane said, “Sheryl was a lifelong friend and a passionate advocate for all things Freehold Borough. She bled Boro Blue and Gold.

“Councilwoman Sharon Shutzer, Councilwoman Annette Jordan and I were fortunate to
visit with Sheryl at her home in early May and presented her with a resolution of the Mayor and Borough Council acknowledging all her achievements and contributions to the borough throughout the years.

“Sheryl was involved with everything from youth activities through senior citizens events and was the chair of the Freehold Borough Recreation Commission for many years. If anyone ever needed help, Sheryl was the first person in line to volunteer.

“Sheryl was also very emphatic that she did not want any type of recognition for her services, which made it very special that we were able to personally present her with the resolution before she passed.

“Sheryl was a good friend to many, was a tireless worker on countless committees and will be truly missed throughout the Freehold community,” Kane said.

Mott was predeceased by her parents, William H. and Anne Brown Mott.

She is survived by her brothers, Duane Mott and wife Vennis, and Glen Mott; her sisters, Cynthia Mott, Karen Mott Baldwin and husband Marion, Michelle Key, and her twin and caregiver Sharon Mott; her nephews and a niece; a great nephew and great nieces; several cousins; and a goddaughter.

Mott’s great niece, Tiffany Foy, predeceased her.

According to her obituary, flowers or a memorial donation may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation.

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