Dr. Cheryl A. Mugford, Ph.D., 49, formerly of Pittston, entered into eternal life unexpectedly in Royersford on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.
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Born Oct. 8, 1963, in Pittston, she was the daughter of Wesley Mugford and the late Ruth Ann Mugford.
She was a graduate of Pittston Area High School, Class of 1981, and the University of Scranton, Class of 1985. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the Honors College. Cheryl received her Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. Through her educational journey she triumphed many milestones and was the recipient of several awards, including the National Research Service Award by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She was also awarded the French Gano, Fulmer and Pollard Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship. Throughout her college career, she was also a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society and the Rho Chi Honor Society. She also authored several scientific publications.
Aside from her passion for science, Cheryl was known by many as Bruce Springsteen's number one fan. She was known as a devoted and caring aunt to her niece and nephews. She was loved by many, including her best friend of nearly 30 years, Irene Feingold.
Cheryl is survived by her father, Wesley Mugford, Pittston; her sister, Leslie and her husband, Joe Melochick, Pittston; her sister, Lori and her husband, Tim Hahn, Pittston; her nephews, Timothy Hahn, Evan Hahn and Jared Melochick; and niece, Kendall Melochick.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Ann Mugford; maternal grandparents, Howard and Arline Sutter; and paternal grandparents, Granville and Janet Mugford.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, 134 Church St., Pittston. A service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, contributions may be made to the University of Scranton to the Dr. Cheryl Mugford 1985 Memorial Award. Donations may be sent to 3 Drummond St., Pittston, PA 18640.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 17, 2012