Monday, July 25, 2011

Cheryl's Obituary

Cheryl Ann Maher, 41, died tragically Sunday, July, 10 2011. She was born in Peterborough , NH on a beautiful New England Fall morning on October 11, 1969.
Cheryl was a graduate of Layton High School (UT), but spent the majority of her adult life in New Hampshire , taking great pride in her roots, often fondly touting a clever New England accent. She built a life for herself and her children as a stay-at-home mom in Londonderry & Derry, NH with great involvement in her church community (especially the Young Women’s group, which she most enjoyed) and further in the business community of Derry, NH where she ran a scrapbook store with her mother. Her creativity and enthusiasm for business came through in her scrapbooks, which will be enjoyed for years to come by all of those she loved and those who love her, especially her children, Samantha, Katherine, Kelly & Jacob.
With immense enthusiasm for her family history, Cheryl amassed an incredible amount of information around her family’s genealogy. She was so proud to be able to identify family members in old ragged photos, most especially telling each person’s story to those inquiring – especially to the youngest generation of her family.
As an extremely energetic and intelligent woman, Cheryl had the drive to have her hand in multi-faceted business endeavors, from modeling, to product design, to publishing for her father’s business, and more recently had begun writing. Her most recent venture was contribution to state politics regarding women’s issues, specifically cases around family courts where … so willing to be a voice to serve those who had experienced even the toughest of challenges, leveraging all forms of media to communicate matters.
Cheryl was blessed with an enormous personality and brilliant social skills to compliment it, always willing to offer charity, empathy, and love for any in need – all who knew her loved her. While her family will never cease missing her, they are most grateful and comforted to know they will indeed be together again.
Cheryl is survived by her 4 children that she adored, Samantha Crawford, 21, of Scottsdale, AZ; twins Katherine (Katie) & Kelly Knight, 16; and Jacob Knight, 10, a loving mother and father, Richard and Marjorie Maher of Gilbert, AZ; devoted siblings, especially her sister Linda Brown of Cedar City, UT; brothers Thom Maher of Gilbert, AZ; Richard (Rick) Maher of Mesa, AZ; Timothy Maher of Gilbert, AZ; Shaun Maher of Mesa AZ; and half-brother, Stephen Maher of Sarasota, Florida; many aunts and uncles; 13 nieces and nephews; and 11 cousins.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may call on Friday, July 22, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm at the Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 North 300 West
Cedar City, Utah 84720, 435-586-4040. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 11 am (with viewing prior from 9:45-10:45am) at the Cedar View LDS Chapel -Leigh Hill Chapel, 320 South 1925 West, Cedar City , Utah 84720. Burial will be in Cedar City Cemetery . Donations to help with funeral arrangements can be made to any Bank of America location or checks made out to: Thom Maher for the benefit of Cheryl Maher Estate.


Cheryl said...

Wow, what a tragedy indeed! My heart truly goes out to Shaun and you and your family!!! I can't even imagine... The obituary was so thoughtful and beautiful. Cheryl was/is quite the beautiful and extremely talented woman! The blessings of knowing the plan of salvation make tragedies such as this more bearable..., but I know it's REALLY hard and sad even still!!! I will continue to pray for you guys and your family.

Ammie said...

Thank you Cheryl. :)