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Cherrilyn "Cherri" Peterson, 63, of Sterling, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado. Cherri was born in Salida, Colorado, on July 3, 1950, to Ernest and Helen (Koenig) Atchison. She graduated from Salida High School in 1968, and graduated as a Registered Nurse (RN) from St. Luke's Hospital in Denver in 1971. She later received her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner license. Cherri started her nursing career in New Brunswick, ME, and later returned to Colorado to work for local pediatricians in Sterling. Later, she began working in pediatrics and public health for the Northeast Colorado Health Department. In 2000, she continued her career with the Eastern Colorado Services for the Developmentally Disabled before returning to the Northeast Colorado Health Department. Among many achievements and recognitions during her career, Cherri was a finalist for the Florence Nightingale Award for nursing. On December 30, 1978, she married Gary Neal Peterson, owner and operator of Croft Drug, in Sterling. Cherri was a an amazing daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who was best known for taking care of everyone she knew, as well as so many whom she didn't. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and enjoyed reading, shopping, the arts, spending time with her family, and taking care of others. Cherri is survived by her mother, Helen Atchison of Sterling; daughter Audra (Brandon) Cathy of Aurora; grandson Bryce Cathy; brother Larry (Mickey) Atchison of Union, OH; sister-in-law Scharee Atchison of Hotchkiss, CO; mother-in-law Beth (Andy) Peterson Gag of Sterling; sister-in-law Carole (Bill) Thimgan of Taylors, SC; brother-in-law Dan (Sharon) Peterson of Texarkana, TX; step-daughter Amy Peterson with step-grandchildren Meighan, Izaiah, and Izabella of Colorado Springs; and many nieces, nephews and life-long friends. Cherri is preceded in death by her father Ernest Atchison; husband, Gary Peterson; son, Toby Peterson; brother, Bill Atchison; and father-in-law, Neal Peterson. Rosary will be Friday, June 6, at 6:00pm at Tennant Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial is Saturday, June 7, at 9:30am at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Father Wojciech Gierasimczyk officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cherri Peterson Memorial Fund, care of Tennant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1547, Sterling, CO, 80751.

Published in Journal Advocate on June 6, 2014
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