On Sunday evening, September 29, 2019 Cheryl made the decision to end her own life. While we struggle for answers and try to make sense of why she made this decision we are comforted by the knowledge that she is now wrapped in the arms of a loving Savior and her family that has preceded her in death whom she adored, especially her grandparents.
Cheryl was born September 3, 1970 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Sandra Louise Mann & LaRoy K Barton. She was the oldest of five children, with four younger brothers who will miss her dearly.
She grew up in Bennion, Utah and graduated from Taylorsville High School. She worked for Hudson General at the Salt Lake International Airport and afterwards spent most of her career working in law firms as a legal secretary.
Cheryl’s life revolved around BYU football, her Rottweilers, friends, and family. She was big hearted, independent, generous, and loyal. If you were lucky enough to count Cheryl as a friend you knew she would do anything within her means to see that you were happy. She received so much joy from her friends, the “Misbehaves”, going to Marvel movies, Firefly nights, Comic Con and Fan X conventions, where she could be found every year dressed in cosplay that had been planned for months and researched to make sure she was dressed to perfection. With these friends she volunteered much of her time to the Utah Browncoats, a charitable organization that meant a lot to her.
Family meant the world to Cheryl. She was known for daily phone calls to her mom to check in and see how things were going. One of her favorite days of the week was when her Dad would come to town and she could take him out to dinner. Growing up she loved visiting and going on vacations with her aunts and uncles. She was very close with her aunts and uncles and loved them all. Later family vacations to Lake Powell became a favorite pastime, where she could always be found sunbathing, many times sunbathing for a bit too long! She loved Lake Powell so much she spent one summer working at the Bullfrog Marina, she had many fond memories of that summer.
Nothing in this life made her happier than spending time with her nieces and nephews, to whom she was affectionately known as “Crazy Aunt Cheryl”. She loved taking them out to movies, ice cream, Home Free concerts, and buying them copies of her favorite childhood books.
Her favorite day of the year was Christmas Eve, when she knew her parents, brothers, nieces and nephews would all gather for a night of games, laughter, and giving. She would make sure every member of her family received a gift from her that was thought out and personal.
Cheryl is survived by her parents, Roy and Sandy; brothers, Brent (Linda), Mike, Glenn (Molly), and Eldon (Megan); her nieces and nephews, Jared, Katelyn, Tyler, Jason, Jordan, Corey, Mikailee, Maisy, Maxwell, and Madelyn; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends she treated like family.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 4, 2019 at 12 Noon at the Westlake Ward, 3175 South 3450 West, West Valley City; where friends and family are invited to visit 10:00-11:30am prior to the service. There will also be a private family gathering held on THORSday, October 3, at Holbrook Mortuary. Interment will take place at the Valley View Memorial Park.
Cheryl's beloved Ninja, per her wishes, will be cared for by Big Sky Rottweiler Rescue. In lieu of flowers consider a donation to them in Cheryl's honor. Click for more Info: Big Sky Rottweiler Rescue
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