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April
23
2021

April 23, 2021

Hi friends and family,

Just another reminder that tomorrow, Saturday April 24th is Cheryl's Celebration of Life. It is open house style from 2 pm to 4 pm with appetizers and drinks. This is a casual event as Cheryl would've wanted it! Parking may be limited, so car pool if possible. 

The address is:

6445 Kimberly Ln N
Maple Grove, MN 55311

We ask that in lieu of flowers that are traditionally sent, people donate to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude's Children's Hospital for any amount they desire. These two charities were very important to Cheryl. At the "Celebration of Life," we will also be taking donations to plant a tree in Cheryl's honor. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, Steph, at my email address sas.smith87@gmail.com. I will respond as soon as possible. 

We look forward to sharing this time with family and friends over food, drinks, and memories. 

Stephanie 

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March
8
2021

March 7, 2021

Hi family and friends,

Cheryl's open-house "Celebration of Life" will be on Saturday, April 24th at 2-4 pm at Cheryl's niece's house located in Maple Grove, MN (address provided below). This will be a casual event, as Cheryl wanted it to be, and food and drinks will be provided. Parking will be on residential streets so we ask that if you're willing and able, you car pool if possible. 

We ask that in lieu of flowers that are traditionally sent, people donate to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude's Children's Hospital for any amount they desire. These two charities were very important to Cheryl. At the "Celebration of Life," we will also be taking donations to plant a tree in Cheryl's honor. 

Regarding COVID concerns: While we will be indoors, there will be plenty of space to celebrate outdoors as well. If the weather is still cool, there will be heaters in the outdoor space. We hope that an outdoor space will further allow people to socially distance. There is expected to be many people at the event at any time, so please use discretion. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, Steph, at my email address sas.smith87@gmail.com. I will respond as soon as possible. 

We look forward to sharing this time with family and friends over food, drinks, and memories. 

Cheryl's Celebration of Life
6445 Kimberly Ln N
Maple Grove, MN 55311
March
3
2021

March 2, 2021

Dear family and friends,

Cheryl passed this afternoon at home. It was peaceful. The sun was shining through the window and it was such a nice “Spring” day, we even opened the living room window for a little while to let in some fresh air and hear the birds chirping. 

We want to thank family and friends again for all the love and kindness. This was a difficult end to a long journey but your love and memories made it more bearable. 

Cheryl will be so missed. I think I can speak for others and say that taking care of her during this time and being by her side has been such a gift. I wouldn’t have had it any other way...

Please continue to follow Cheryl’s site for updates regarding memorial. ❤️

sincerely,

Steph and family

February
25
2021

February 24, 2021

Hi family and friends, 

We want to say thank you again for all the cards, flowers, food, and love from family and friends. We’ve created a table of pictures, cards, letters, and flowers facing Cheryl’s bed in the living room. Reading the memories and kind words has been bitter sweet...and it’s been eyeopening: of how quickly life changes, but how strong our love and connection is to those special people—even people we haven’t seen or spoken to in so long. Some of you haven’t been in contact with Cheryl in awhile, yet the words you write are so alive with emotion. It’s hard to read all of your well wishes and memories without tears. Thank you.

When we are facing the inevitable—the death of our friends and family members—we are overwhelmed with all the reasons we loved them so much, and, of course, it makes saying “goodbye” that much more difficult. But, I’m learning that saying goodbye to those we love is a process. The process of saying “goodbye” is over a period of time and will continue even after she is gone from our sight. The journey for Cheryl appears to be ending soon, but we are so grateful for the time we have spent, even during the most difficult moments. All the care and love that has been sent our way has helped us smile and laugh during this complicated and emotional process of saying “goodbye.” 

Cheryl has been resting peacefully and calmly over the past couple of days. She’s even eaten a little tater tot hot dish and joked with my dad, Jack. Today she’s been resting and quiet most of the day, but she seems very comfy and warm which is what matters most. I will keep people updated and please feel free to email me. 😊

Sincerely,

steph

February
14
2021

February 13, 2021

Hi family and friends, 

I don’t have much to update; however, I just wanted to say a BIG “thank you” for all the kind and loving words. It means so much to us to read your thoughts and feelings. Your words are definitely beacons of light during this time. 

If you have any pictures you’d be able to upload to the site, please feel free to add them to the gallery. 😊 

Note: if you have tried to reach Cheryl by phone to speak with her, it may be difficult at this time. One option is to leave a comment below to let us know you’ve been trying to reach her so we can reach out to you. The other option is to Facebook messenger me (Stephanie Nownes) or my dad (Jack Smith). The third option is to email me at sas.smith87@gmail.com. 


Thank you again for leaving your comments. We really appreciate them!

Happy Valentine’s Day!❤️


Steph 

 

February
11
2021

February 11, 2021

Welcome to our Caring Bridge site for Cheryl. I wanted to create a site for her so that friends and family could see updates about Cheryl and share their own thoughts and memories. Cheryl was diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer in January 2018. Over the past three years, she has completed several rounds of treatment and surgeries to combat the disease. The past three years have been very difficult, but Cheryl and family remained hopeful that the treatments would help slow the progression of the illness. 

Unfortunately, it has been recommended for Cheryl to begin hospice care. She is at currently at home with my father, Jack. Because of this next stage, and the challenges that come with it, I am hoping that this site can be a place of sharing and healing. 

I may not be able to update as frequently as I would like, but I will try my best to check in on the site to see your messages and share them with Cheryl as much as possible. 

Stephanie