With her beautiful smile, love and determination, Cheryl Ann Tyler, of Renton and Issaquah, WA, passed on to her next adventure, October, 23, 2013, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
Cheryl was born to Gordnell Buckner and Bobbie Joe Tyler on May 4, 1961 in Juneau, Alaska where she grew up surrounded by Southeast Alaska's natural and native wonders. Along with sister Trina, she spent many of her younger years working alongside her parents at their 20th Century Super Market in downtown Juneau, learning the ropes and importance of business, family and community.
A Juneau-Douglas HS graduate, she married Ted Thorp and, in 1983, they welcomed daughter Tessa. Cheryl and Ted eventually went their separate ways but remained great friends and parents. Cheryl moved to the Seattle area in 1986 and hired on at Boeing in 1988, where she spent twenty five years. Her energy and passion, both in life and work, brought her well-deserved challenges, experiences, successes, travels, adventures and, most of all, time for her daughter, family, loves and friends from all walks of life.
Cheryl was member of the Juneau Moose Lodge, the Issaquah FOE, the Calico Cut Ups quilting group in Arizona and member of several wine tasting, quilting and music groups and organizations. She loved fishing and folly, city lights and northern lights, black ties and tie dyes, Harleys and hammocks, sewing and sipping, music and mayhem.
Most of all, she loved her family – parents Bobbie and Gordnell Tyler of El Mirage, AZ; daughter Tessa Brown (James) and granddaughters Taitam and Juno of Lodi, CA; sister Trina McMullin and nephews Shaun and Scott McMullin of Oregon City, OR; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends. She was proceeded in death by cousin Robert A. Stevenson and uncle Frank "Rick" Buckner.
A family celebration of Cheryl is planned later next year in Juneau. For more info, go to www.fintofts.com.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Nov. 7, 2013