Get to Know Sherry Okonmah, 66, Retired Schoolteacher

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Sherry Okonmah, 40-year a Maywood resident. | Shanel Romain/Village Free Press

Friday, December 2, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

I ran into Sherry Okonmah, 66, during Friday’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony that was sponsored by the Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission and held at the corner of 5th Ave. and St. Charles Rd. Okonmah, a decades long resident of the village, shared some of her memories of the place where she raised her children. 

I’ve been living in Maywood for 40 years. Back in 1975, I was looking for a home for my son and I. The first place I started looking was in the Austin area [on Chicago’s West Side], but I didn’t find what I wanted. My sister told me to come to Maywood and it was here where I found my house.

Back then, it was nice. Still is. The neighbors welcomed me when I came and told me that, if I needed anything, to just let them know. I never bothered them, but it was just great knowing that.

I really valued the personal contact, especially with the schools and in the neighborhood. My sons grew up with policemen as their neighbors. That really made a difference.

I remember one incident where the police brought my son home after something had happened. I told him, ‘You know, if you were in Chicago, the police would’ve killed you.’ [Laughing]. That friendly atmosphere, that neighborhood atmosphere — I love that. VFP

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