Cheryl Ann Lamason 1957 - 2010 Cheryl Ann Lamason passed away unexpectedly in her home of natural causes on April 13, at the age of 52. She was born June 11, 1957, in Eads, Colorado and grew up in Redondo Beach, California. Her husband, Dale Lamason, grew up in the same neighborhood and attended the same schools. Shortly after high school they became best friends, and in August 1981 they joined together to raise their family. In November 1991 she moved to Bakersfield with her family, including three children: Christopher, Amber, and Joshua. In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by her mother, Mary Roberta Wagers; her stepmother, Gloria Wagers; her siblings, Conda Brown, Deborah Brown (husband, Gary), Dwayne Wagers, Vickie Decker (husband, Richard), Ronda Wagers, Ronald Wagers; and, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was also blessed with a large, much-loved extended family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Wagers, and her father, Dewey Wagers. Cheryl was a woman with a huge heart, who loved everyone who crossed her path. She spent most of her life helping those in need around her, especially children. She excelled as a hardworking, wonderful mother and a caring friend. To Cheryl, family did not mean a blood relationship and she asked all young children to call her "Shea Shea." She was the glue that kept the family together, regardless of life's crazy circumstances. She often sternly reminded loved ones to call a fellow family member or friend; but, at the same time, the calls also often shared the joys of life and great humor. Cheryl was known for her shocking honesty, and most people found her honesty refreshing and endearing. She cultivated the most colorful quirks. For example, Cheryl's favorite color was "sparkle." She loved the mountains and the ocean, and she refused to go camping unless it was near a body of water. She was an arts and crafts enthusiast and was so proud of the ribbons her ceramics won at the county fair. Every January, she started making Christmas art projects and gifts for family and friends. Cheryl was an excellent cook, an avid swimmer, and was quick to share her views, fears, and anxieties about the simple things in life. Cheryl had dreams of having her own mountain. At the time of her death, she and Dale were in the process of planning and building their dream home at Hart Flat. Shea Shea will be deeply missed by everyone whose life she touched. It is hard to say good bye to a woman who cared for so many. Services will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 21, 2010