Nov. 14, 1945 - Nov. 1, 2011
Cheryl A. Smith of Milton-Freewater passed away Nov. 1, 2011, at her home at the age of 65 years. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Valley Christian Center in Milton-Freewater with Pastor Duane Geyer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family of Cheryl Smith through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Cheryl was born Nov. 14, 1945, in Salmon, Idaho, the daughter of Owen Richard and Annabell DeWitt Lee. She grew up with one older brother and the family later moved to Amagrosa, Nev. She attended Catholic schools and went to the convent in Cottonwood, Idaho, from 1962-1963. Her senior year she returned home and graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas in 1964. After high school, she worked for eight years for the state of Idaho as a caseworker for elderly in Idaho Falls and Bonners Ferry, Idaho. In 1980, Cheryl moved to Milton-Freewater with her two younger children. She worked for Rogers Walla Walla Cannery as a seam operator for six years. She then decided to return to school and graduated with honors with an associate degree in 1987 from Walla Walla Community College, but was unable to utilize her degree due to a vast majority of health problems resulting in limited activities. Cheryl was a devoted, strong-willed person, witty personality and loved to make others laugh. She had a big heart and most of all she was a "survivor." She loved to play bingo, baking, sewing, knitting, telling stories, gardening, talking on the phone to friends and family and loved her dogs Bengee I and Bengee II, and being a gram gram to all her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and the love of her life, her husband Arthur E. Smith, Sr.
Cheryl is survived by two daughters, Donna Marie Pennington of Townsend, Mont., and Monna Smith Lane of Walla Walla; a son, Artie Smith of Waukegan, Ill.; a brother, Rick Lee of Amagrosa, Nev.; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.