I'm Cheryl Balman, but when I knew Venus I was 17, single, and Cheryl Read. Today I went online to find my old friend from college, Venus. Discovering her gone leaves me so sadened. I'm sitting here looking at years of her friendship through her ever-faithful Christmas letters and pictures. She brought such a joy to everyone and her smile will be greatly missed. Venus was truly a devoted friend and her love for her family was evident in every word and action. I send my prayers up for her family.