Cheree Langford February 19, 1953 ~ April 24, 2010 Elvis'heavenly audience grew when his biggest fan joined him on Saturday, April 24, 2010 as Cheree Langford continued her journey beyond the constraints of her physical body and went to be with her father, mother and host of other family members and friends. Cheree was born on February 19, 1953 in Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. She grew up in Beaumont with her Father, James H. Clotiaux; her mother, Mildred A. Carmichael; and her sister, La Rue Clotiaux Atterbury. Cheree graduated from Southpark High School in 1971 and attended Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas where she earned her degree in nursing. Cheree pursued her dream of serving others as a nurse at Woodland Heights Hospital in Lufkin, Texas and ended her 35 years of selfless service at St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Cheree was an accomplished pianist who often amazed her audience with her ability to play almost any tune by ear. As was her way, she was always willing to share her talent to the enjoyment of others. Her love of music was evidenced at her son Christopher's wedding where she tore up the dance floor to the song Teenage Wedding and encouraged all to do the same. Cheree was always the gracious host and made all who came into her home feel welcome. Although her life was full of significant accomplishments, her children were her greatest source of pride. Her daughter, Kristen D'Ann Langford, is a lawyer who serves as a public defender in Laredo, Texas. Her son, Christopher Lyndon Langford, is an award winning sales representative with DataScope Corp in San Antonio, Texas. Cheree lived to see Christopher marry Sarah Elizabeth Langford whom she adopted into her family as one of her own. Cheree's love of life, her intelligence and way of making any activity fun for all is reflected in the personalities of Kristen and Christopher and will be a continuing legacy to her love and devotion. Cheree was preceded in death by her mother: Mildred A. Carmichael, and her father: James H. Clotiaux. She is survived by daughter: Kristen D'Ann Langford, son: Christopher Lyndon Langford and his wife Sarah Elizabeth Langford, sister: La Rue Clotiaux Atterbury, nieces Lauren Kyle Atterbury and Bethan Patrice Atterbury, her beloved companion Max, and a host of extended family and friends. The family of Cheree Langford would like to thank all of those who stood by Cheree during her long and courageous battle with cancer. Your thoughts, prayers and acts of kindness will remain along with the cherished memory of a loving mother, sister, aunt and friend. In lieu of flowers, Cheree's family asks that donations be given to the charity formed by Sarah Langford in honor of Cheree's remarkable life. Please visit http:// pages.teamintraining.org/ stx/rnr10/mhakert for details on how a love donation may be made. Memorial service to be held at the Meyer Chapel (1st Floor) in St. David's Medical Center, 919 E. 32nd Street, Austin, TX 78705 on Friday, April 30, 2010 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Fellowship will follow in the Rehab Library (basement). Arrangements have been entrusted to the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels, 1410 Jacaman Rd.; Laredo, Texas; 78041; 956-722-8850.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2010