ANGELICA - Cheryl Owen, 60, of 4383 County Road 2, passed away in peace and comfort on Monday (Dec. 17, 2012) at Cuba Memorial Hospital after a short battle with cancer.
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Born in Buffalo, she was a lifelong resident of Western New York. She worked for the Fisher-Price Toy Company in East Aurora and later sold Vigortone feed products, winning numerous sales awards. She raised cattle and horses and held a lifelong love of farming and country life. While she was never able to finish college, she prized education and learning throughout her life. In 1978, she went to work for United Parcel Service as a loader and delivery driver and settled in Angelica on the estate of the Allegany County Home in 1983. She retired in 1995.
A lifelong advocate for the poor, she purchased the County Home property with hopes of turning it into a facility for the care of disadvantaged children and victims of abuse. Cheryl was a compassionate, loving and proud woman, ever ready to offer what help she could to those in need.
She was predeceased by her mother, Winifred, and her father.
She is survived by her two sons, William and Jason of Brooklyn; and her brothers, Clinton Pataye of Farmersville and Calvin Pataye of Delevan.
To send a remembrance or to light a candle in Cheryl's memory, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com.
A memorial service will be held Saturday (Dec. 22, 2012) at 3 p.m. at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 101 West Ave, Angelica.
Friends may make memorial contributions to Habitat for Humanity at www.habitat.org or Boys Town USA at secure.boystown.org/Donate/.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Dec. 20, 2012