Pastor Ken and Family,
It has been thirteen years since we spent time together. This evening I was moved to search you out online only to learn of Cheryl's passing. My heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family. Since moving to South Dakota in 2005, I have lost my Dad (2010) and Mom ( this year, 2013). Although I know Dad, Mom, and Cheryl are with Jesus, the void and loss is still ever present. Know that you are in our prayers today and tomorrow and the next day as well. God bless you Pastor Ken. Godspeed.
You and Cheryl impacted my life. I am sure many others can say the same
God bless you
Louis & I were talking about you recently were saddened when we looked you up to see of your loss. You have been in our conversation numerous times since you married us on July 24, 2012. We will now be praying for you and your family. I hope time has brought some healing. She looked like a beautiful person and obviously made a strong impact on those who knew her. Louis and I wish the very best for you.
Ken, I've been wondering how you are doing. I wept as I read your feelings shared, and Lisa's. It is, of course, difficult to lose anyone we love; but especially someone so personalable to everyone she met. Nothing I say will truly help; the emptiness can only be filled by opening up the door to that empty area to the Lord. He heals, rather than fill it up again, and the healing often seems to be so very slow. But, I want you all to know that I think of you each day, and as I do I pray for you all. And, it's okay to cry.
Remember the song, "What Will I Leave Behind?" There's no guessing when it comes to Cheryl - she touched, in a very special way, everyone she ever met.
I join pastor Ken in his grief
This afternoon, I cried as I read what our daughter, Lisa wrote TODAY. A few days ago, I cried as I read on Judy Kay's Blog: At 5:30 AM on Wednesday, October 25th, my life changed forever. Last week, Ron and Lisa and I cried as we sat here talking about Cheryl.
As a Pastor for over 35 years, I have tried to comfort families and individuals going through where our family is today. It never goes away. The void will never be filled. The reality is not comforting. But our Heavenly Father is more than we could ever need and much more than we deserve.
THANK YOU for all of these notes. I have read them all. As David said about his infant child after his death: 'My son will not come back to me, but I will go to be with him.'... we know where she is. As Paul said: 'She fought the good fight, and her course is over.'.. her crown is there, and we know she LOVED crowns. We WILL see her again, and until we do, the Lord Jesus has a ministry for our children and me. We are not sure what that is right now, but we will strive to be obedient.
Thank you again for your kind words. Our family has been blessed to walk by her side, and as her husband, and the Father of her children, I have never been more honored and proud as when our three children wrote the Obituary, and organized her final service. To our children, you will always be my treasure, and as long as I live, I want to help you remember your Mom with DIGNITY. Your farewell was truly a Proverbs 31 service!
Ken Babington, Dad, Paw Paw
It has been two weeks and I still have no clue how to say goodbye. I miss you more today than yesterday and yesterday was intense pain. You were the most amazing mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, wife and friend. The lessons I have learned throughout my life and even now through your death (wow, so hard seeing those words) are treasures. I want to be just like you when I grow up momma. Kiss Jesus for me, hug Paul and Mary and start decorating our big huge family mansion for us because that's how you always wanted it...to get there first and because of your legacy, your whole family will join you one day. I've never yearned for that more! I adore you mom...loving you through eternity!
Your daughter, Lisa
Ken, we haven't seen you since high school. However, we wanted you to know we care about you. May the Lord comfort you and your family during this period of grief.
Ken and family,
I was saddened when I learned of Cheryl's passing. I pray for peace for all of you. Alice, former Class of 65,
We are deeply saddened at learning of Cheryl's passing. May your wonderful memories of her sustain you and the families during this difficult time.
Ken and Family,
Please know that the members of Cheryl's Mel-Hi Class of '65 were saddened to learn of your loss. It always seems too soon to bid farewell to a loved one. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God bless you.
Reverend Babbington and Family:
I am so saddened about Cheryl's passing. I remember Cheryl from the Ballet School when Judy Kay took lessons with my daughter Shawna Marie, probably 25 years ago. I remember Cheryl like it was yesterday- she just had a "radiance" about her. We worked on costumes together (for the dancers). May God provide you strength and may you cherish the wonderful memories of Cheryl..
Maxine (Hitchcock) Trainor
Although I have never met Cheryl, you and your brothers have touched our family. We will never forget your talk of my Dad's life at his memorial service. Many condolences to you and your family.
To Pastor Ken and Family,
Fountainhead Memorial Funeral Home sends our sincerest condolences and our warmest thoughts.
We see the light shining in heaven already!
I was sorry to hear about Cheryl. It's been many years since we have seen one another but I know you and Cheryl have been busy doing the Lords work and I am certain you have comforted and blessed many people in your life. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and give you the comfort of knowing she is with our heavenly father. God Bless you and your family.
It has taken me several days to be able to write something. I have known you since I was 16. I had the privilege of being a close friend to your daughter Lisa. I will remember all the wise counsel you gave me threw the years all the recipes all the scripture. You truly were the hands and feet of Jesus. The world would be a better place if there were more people like you. You have left a wonderful legacy in your children and grandchildren. They will honor you because everyone of them are so much like you in so many ways. You were my spiritual Mom and I will miss you forever. I am so blessed to have been honored to know you and to feel apart of your family. The only thing that gives me true joy right now is to know how happy you are now to be at the feet of Jesus. I love you and again you will be greatly missed. Love always, Rhonda Rose
Ken, it was with great sadness that I learned of your wife and companion Cheryl passing. I send my condolences in this time of sadness and grief for you and family. Just know that we don't remember months, weeks, days, hours, or even minutes but moments. Over the years you have shared many of those moments with Cheryl and they will live on in your memory of her.
I'm sure your other classmates from Melbourne High class of '64 share my sentiments and many will add their own voice here.
Wishing you the best during this time of sadness and grief for you and family. Knowing that she is now in the care and love of our Lord and Savior is comforting and knowing that you will join her in the place He has prepared for us will ease your sadness and grief during this difficult time.
Pastor Ken, Lisa, Judy Kay, and Ron,
I pray that all the tears I've cried will somehow lessen the tears you shed. I so wish I could be there and wrap my arms around each of you. I just wanted to write and share my heart concerning your wonderful wife and mother. She was one of the most influential and inspirational women in my life. As I thought about you all so much today I began to think about what I loved about her. And the thing that stood out the most was the example that she was. It didn't take long after we first met for me to realize that I wanted to be like her. I wanted to love God and His word like she did. I wanted to love my husband and children like she did. I wanted to home school just like she did. I wanted to embrace the joy that each day brought and I wanted to laugh and laugh and laugh just like she did. God used this precious lady to mold me into who I am today. Over the years I've continued to seek her advice and desire her wisdom. I'm so thankful that not long ago I was able to share with her how much I adored her. I love her and she will always hold a very special place in my heart.
Pastor Ken, you too will never know the true treasure you have been in our lives. We've still never met another pastor that can top you. My dream remains to move to Cocoa Beach one day just so we can sit under your teaching again. The bible studies ya'll sent me make me yearn for that day even more. They have blessed my life immensely. I love you.
My heart aches for each of you. I will continue to pray day and night. I pray that on my knees I can bear this burden with you.
With a heavy heart,
I was best friends with Judy Kay and Ron as a young girl. The Babington's were my second family. I Will remember those good times and always smile. You will always be dear to my heart. May God bless you. Cheryl thank you for being an awsome influence on my early years.
I remember Cheryl , and Ken all the way back to my early days in Palm Bay, Florida in the 1980s Great people I will miss Cheryl For she is with Jesus which is far greater now . May peace be with the family.
Dear Ken and all the family,
My heart is deeply saddened with the loss of Cheryl. Always take comfort in knowing she is an angel smiling down on each and every one of you. Keep her memory alive in your heart and she is always with you. My memories of Cheryl from my childhood will always be cherished. Thoughts and Prayers during this most difficult time. Hugs to all of you, Love, Carla Stanger Campanale
I was one of Cheryl's classmates at Johnson High School in Japan. I was a Junior when she was a Freshman. We rode the school bus together. She was always fun to be around. Marilyne Sebastian Ayers, class of 1963
BILL AND RUBY ROUDABUSH. WE ARE SO TERRIBELY SORRY.GOD BLESS.LOVE YOU.
Ken, even after all these years hearing this was like getting hit in the heart. My condolences and heart-felt sadness. Your Faith and Trust in OUR FATHER will see you through this time. I look forward to the 50th Reunion and I will look you up so I can give you another Big Hug. Take Care, Pat
"Ken, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of losing your wife. We all recognize that she is in a better place then those of us left behind. God Bless You." Charlie and Judy Robertson (St. Cloud, FL.)
Ken, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers. Marj Green, class of '64
Sorry to hear of the passing of your lifemate. May HIS strength keep you strong in the days ahead and give you joy in your heart for having been a part of her life. My condolences, Connie P.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
My sincere condolences to Cheryl's family. We were saddened to hear of her passing. Though I have never met Cheryl, she has become one of our dear friends and classmates from Johnson High School, Japan. We will miss her.
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Cheryl. She always had a warm,caring outlook with passion on life, family and her many friends.
Cheryl you will be missed in this life but only till we meet in the next.
I still see you in my mind as my classmate when we were at Melbourne High; eternally young, vibrant, and a memorable spirit from decades ago.
I never met Cheryl; as a deeply devoted Christian, I know within my heart and
soul that she now has what we are all waiting for.
Jesus told us that in His Father's
house are many mansions....I go now to prepare a place for you. Cheryl, as your wife and the mother of your children, has gone to prepare her mansion where our Father resides.
Time is passing quickly; now Cheryl lights up that mansion in Heaven and
she's radiant in the glory of God the Father, and God the Son. God the Holy Spirit will enable her spirit to reside within your hearts while she waits there. You know this is true.
I have known deep loss and human grief; however, when I am still and I am quiet, I really can feel and "hear" the man I lost 17 years ago.
You and I both know this is truly the power of Jesus and His Father, our Lord.
With Christ's eternal love,
Judy (Melbourne High, 1964)
Dear Ken, children and grandchildren of Cheryl,
Although I never knew Cheryl she sounds like a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and a fine Christian. Even though you may be separated from her for a time, you know that you will see her again in heaven along with many other loved ones. I pray that our LORD will give you His Strength as you endure this temporary separation from her. Because, as the book,HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, tells us, we WILL see ALL of our loved ones again---all who believe in Him. What a great Comfort this is for all who believe in Him.
May His Comfort and Strength
Sustain you during these
Susan A. Condon
I am so sorry to learn of the loss your wife. May the Lord be with you and your family during this period of healing and may you always remember the good times and knowing that someday you and Cheryl will be together again in heaven.
I was a classmate of Ken at Mel-HI and am sorry for your loss. Cheryl is now in the arms of Jesus our Savior. Prayers for the Family during this time of grieving.
Ken & family, The Shaws are praying for you across the states. I will miss Cheryl. From the few short years I've known her, she had a meaningful impact on my spiritual life. May the Lord provide you with comfort, encouragement, joy, peace & strength as you grieve. Much love to you.
Dear Ken and Family
May memories of your love one bring you comfort and the knowledge she is in God's Kingdom bring you peace.
Ann Rake, Mimmeapolis MN (formly staff at Florida Memorial)
Ken I am so sadden to hear of your bride passing my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. God bless you my brother.
Though I never met her and despite the fact that both of us were of different origins, nationality, religion etc; I feel like I've known her for years & years. And this is simply because she was a great great human being and carried a super loving heart. She was probably the only one I knew who had mastered the art of respectfully agreeing to disagree. She had great love for Jesus & Christianity. I could see it from her status updates that her family was her everything. I will most certainly miss her presence. I pray that she be there in heavens forever & enjoys a wonderful eternal life. THANK YOU AUNT. My family will love you & miss you.
Dear Ken and family,
We are shocked and saddened to hear of Cheryl's passing. We have so many wonderful memories of family get-togethers and visits. Cheryl had a way of drawing people to her and engaging with them. We wish that we could be with all of you today to celebrate her wonderful life. Laurie and Rob McIntyre and family
Cheryl was such an awesome lady. She had a way of immediately making you feel at ease even if you hadn't ever met her before, or hadn't seen her in years. Her smile and her laugh was infectious, and that is what I will always remember about her. She was truly a special person, and loved by so many, because she loved so many.
I am so sorry to hear of your overwhelming loss. You have always helped so many of our families overcome their grief. If we, at Brevard Memorial Funeral Home can now help you in any way possible please let us know. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dear Ken and Family,
Our Prayers and Love are with You All.
Your Pennsylvania Farmer and e-mail friends, Bonnie & Norm Morrison
Ken and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time .
Tom and Leslie Hoadley
Any time I saw Cheryl she had a smile on her face and a kind word. Although I did not know her well, I felt as if I knew her from the stories Ken would tell in his sermons; most of which had us laughing. She will be missed by so many. My deepest condolences.
Cheryl was a blessing to know. She was such a true inspiration to me, and I hold all her advice in my heart. She was so friendly, funny, and giving. She loved Jesus and others and was dedicated to the same things that God holds dear to His heart. She was courageous and took a stand for righteousness. My heart and prayers go out to the entire Babington family. I know this is VERY difficult beyond words. God will make a way where there seems to be no way.
Ken, and family. I certainly cannot speak anything differently than what has already been said as Cheryl was, indeed, a beautiful person. Your family has her wonderful lacacy to carry on. God grant each of you much comfort during these times of sorrow. Yet, REJOICE! And know that we shall all join her soon...HE cometh!
Cheryl will be missed and Loved for enternity. Her grand faith in God as her Lord and Savior will forever shine bright in our memories of her.
My heart is indeed broken as I heard of your loss. Ken, Lisa ... you have been very kind to me over the years. Anna and I stand by you and oftentimes pray for you. May God grant you peace during this time. And yet Cheryl is in glory dancing on golden streets basking in the radiant glory of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Love you guys.
Cheryl was of our immediate family in God and in Glory. We have never met a more Godly woman or one more devoted to her family in her home and to all of us in her extended family. She was quick to forgive and quick to remind us all of her deep and unconditional love. She will be surely missed. But we who knew her and were blessed by her love will carry her memory to the end of this life and into the next. Dennis and Claudia Chamberland
Condolences to you and to your family on the loss of your wife. You and your family are in my thoughts and in my prayers.
I am so saddened by the news of Cheryl's passing. Although I didn't know her personally, I knew she was a woman of strong faith and love for her family. Our prayers are with you at this time, as you grieve the loss of such a precious woman.
We love you all sweet Babington family. Praying for you continually. What an honor it was to call Cheryl friend. Our lives were richly blessed by her. She influenced and inspired us in many, many ways.
Your entire family is in my prayers at this time. Though I never met Cheryl, her love for her family was evident in all her FB posts and her love for the Lord was evident through her blog writings! I will miss her insight!
Ken and Cheryl were the first people who taught me about integraty. Love ya'll.
Dear Pastor Babington,
Thinking of you and your family during this time of sorrow. Jerry & Connie Smith, Cassie and Jim Smith
What an incredible woman of GOD and truly a Proverbs 31 woman. Our loss is truly heavens gain. We will see you in glory our beloved !! XOXO John & Charita Wilcox
We look forward to meeting again one day when the rest of us finish our work unto Him in these earthly vessels and then in the presence of our blessed friends and family we shall praise Our Father forever. Love you all, Diane Gierling from all of US!!
As a classmate of Cheryl's, at Johnson High School in Tokyo, Japan, I got to know what a wonderful and dynamic person she was. I don't think I ever saw her not smiling... and now, 48 years later, I see that same smile in the posted picture here. She was a special person then, and I know all of her family was blessed to have her in their lives. I am so sorry for your sudden loss.
To all of Cheryl's family I send my most heartfelt condolences. May God's peace and love comfort you in this most sad time. I know I speak for all of us who were her schoolmates at Johnson High School, Cheryl will be missed!
May our Lord Jesus and the loving memories you have for Cheryl help you get through this very difficult time.
With our sincerest condolences.
The Moody family
So sorry for your loss! May your memories comfort you as you clebrate a life well lived. Randy & Marie (Eckhoff) Lambert
A Great Loss ~ Cheryl radiated in her endless love, giving, and careing.
To Cheryl's families and friends; she has given everyone the precious gift of "Memories". She will forever live in your hearts. I ask God to give you comfort, strength, and peace in your time of grief.
My heart aches for your family! What a joyous reunion it will be when you meet again in heaven!!! Praying for you to feel God's love as Jesus comforts and holds your family in His arms.
I did not know her, but I know two of her children, Judy Kay and Ron. I enjoyed reading her posts on Facebook about them and their children. She always projected such love and joy. Many blessings on the family as you walk through your grief.
Our love and prayers to all, especially you Ken. Being the Godly man you are, I know you are happy for her to be experiencing the real presence of our Lord...but I also know you are human and feeling the real pain of separation. We hope you can feel our prayers holding you up. All the Meadows family
To the Babbington and Shook families: God Bless your families in your time of need, deepest condolences.
Ken and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Cheryl. I have fond memories of her when Judy Kay and Stephanie were dancing at The Ballet School with Ann. Praying God's comfort to all her family and friends.
My heart won't stop hurting and aching. Oh Cheryl I miss you so very much. Though there is sorrow here on earth there is much rejoicing in Heaven. Love you all!
Such an honor to have gotten to know Cheryl and her amazing family. Her life proves what a legacy just one person can leave, to live on and influence for generations to come.
She will be dearly missed but she truly lives on each of those she touched.
Pastor Ken and Family,
I will be praying for your family. Cheryl was a loving person and I will always have fond memories of her.
There will never be another like her. She was one of a kind and will be very missed. We love our Babington family. ~Bethany & Stephen Spatz
We are so shocked and deeply saddened to hear that Mrs. Babington passed. She was a beautiful, wonderful woman. She was the epitome of what every person should strive to be. Ken and family, you will be in our every thought and all of our prayers during this time, and forever. We love you.
Ken and family. Words cannot describe the pain I feel for you. Cheryl was so beautiful inside and out. She lit up the room when she entered. I will always remember how much Ken would swell with pride when he told us about how he met his bride. Ken, we love you and are praying for comfort that only our Lord can provide. We will all meet up with Cheryl someday soon and knowing she's gone ahead of you must be comforting. Again, we are terribly sorry for your loss. Love always. Jeff and Debbie Downs
I am heartbroken to lose you yet thrilled you are in heaven free of human sufferings...
Oh Cheryl l will cherish all the memories from all the years...the many laughs we have shared and the prayers we have said for one another and our families!! You were my "big" sis, confidante, cousin and best friend. I will miss you so much.
Love you forever,
Chrissy and "her" Ralph
God bless all of you during your time of grief. All of the children are a reflection of what a wonderful, Godly mother and grandmother she was.