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11/26/1944 - 8/15/2013
With her loving family at her side Chester resident Cheryl Marlene Darnell passed from this life Thursday evening, August 15, 2013 at the Paradise Hospice House following a short but valiant battle with cancer.
Born in Scotia, California to Clint and and Janet Haywood on November 26, 1944, she graduated from Colfax High School as a member of the "Class of 1962". She went on to continue her education at Sierra Community College before beginning a career in the financial industry.
In 1966 Cheryl married Neil D. Swihart and to this union two daughters were born. The marriage later ended in divorce. In 1991 she married her longtime companion Harold Darnell. Harold passed from this life in 1996.
Cheryl moved to Chester in 1986 and shortly thereafter went to work for the Seneca Health Care District where she was currently serving as their Director of Finance.
Cheryl enjoyed relaxing with a good book and was an avid NASCAR fan who enjoyed following the exploits of Dale, Jr. She especially enjoyed her time with the " Lobster Girls" of the Chester /Lake Almanor region.
In passing Cheryl leaves her daughters: Stacey Garitone and her husband Marc of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Stephanie Thompson and her husband Michael of Chester, Calif.; mother, Janet Haywood of Chico, Calif; her grandchildren: Ana Nier, Andrew Garitone and his wife Ember and Elizabeth Garitone; along with her sister, Marsha Osborne of Chico, Calif.; three nieces and two nephews. She was proudly expecting her first great-grandchild in January of 2014.
Cheryl joins her father, Clint; husband, Harold; and sister; Diane in her eternal home.
At her request family services will take place at a later date. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com. The family asks that any remembrances in Cheryl's memory be made to the Long Term Care Unit of Seneca Health Care District, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Aug. 25, 2013