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Cheri Smith

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Cheri Lynne Smith Cheri Lynne Smith, 53, of Pflugerville, TX, with family by her side, died peacefully at Christopher House on Thursday, May 17, from a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Cheri was born to Ronald and Sharon Conner (Shafer) on September 24, 1958 in Omaha Nebraska. Cheri grew up in Irving, TX and graduated from MacArthur High School in 1976. It is there, she and her future husband Jess started dating in their senior year. Cheri and Jess married on Aug 22, 1981 in Irving where they lived and worked until 1983, when Jess accepted a position with Motorola here in Austin. Cheri hired on with Motorola in 1984, where she spent the next 14 years in positions ranging from Administrative Assistant, to Marketing. Cheri and Jess purchased their first home in Austin in 1984 within the Pflugerville School District, living there 9 years before purchasing their second home in the city of Pflugerville in 1993. In 1987, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter Kari Michelle, and in 1991 with the birth of their son Jared Michael. It would not be possible to find a more loving and proud Mom than Cheri was to her kids. She became the ultimate Soccer Mom to Kari, who started playing at age 6, and went on to play club Soccer in Pflugerville, and Georgetown. Kari went on to play high school soccer as a starting forward at Pflugerville High School, her freshman year, before transferring to Hendrickson High School and playing forward during her sophomore to senior years. Kari was proud to be part of the first graduating class of 2006. While Jared started in his sister's footsteps with soccer, a trip with Dad to Wood's Fun Center in 2002 resulted in the purchase of (surprise Mom!) his first dirt bike, and the start of a motocross racing period in his life. Nothing made Cheri more nervous than to see her "baby boy" ride and race motocross, but she not only supported Jared's decision, the only time she missed a race was when soccer and motocross were happening on the same day. We got her a 4-wheeler for Mother's Day one year, so she could ride it around and keep a close eye on her boy as he made his way around the race track. Jared excelled at motocross, quickly moving through the beginner, and novice classes, up to the intermediate level. Cheri was always one proud, but nervous mama. While working at Motorola, Cheri always expressed the desire to work with kids. This passion led her to eventually accept the position as the Registrar at Pflugerville Elementary School in 1998, where she proudly worked in the front office until Oct 2011, when no longer able to physically make it in. She took disability retirement in March of this year. Cheri loved "her" school kids, and she loved the staff at PES. Cheri had one of the most infectious personalities found anywhere and developed special relationships with the kids, parents, and staff alike. One of Cheri's strong points was in her uncanny ability to remember just about anyone she came across. She loved talking about the kids, the job, and the great community of Pflugerville. She truly, truly loved them all. Always the frugal shopper, the one thing Cheri wouldn't skimp on was a good purse. While she had several brands such as Dooney and Burke, Liz Claiborne, Coach and other quality purses over the years, she always wanted a Louis Vuitton. She had the opportunity to purchase one several times, and always decided not to, saying she just couldn't justify spending that kind of money. Thanks to many blessed friends, we were able to give her that dream, Louis Vuitton purse for Christmas this past year. Although her vision had been lost to cancer back in November, she could feel that the original purse we got her was "not the right one", and we had to take it back and get her the right one. That was so "Cheri". Not afraid to tell you when she came across something she didn't like. Cheri was preceded in death by her Father, Ronald Conner, and her nephew Taylor Marks. Cheri was a "Daddy's" girl, and developed an unwavering love and support of the Nebraska Cornhuskers from him. You could never find bigger Cornhusker fans than Cheri and her Dad. At least 50% of her wardrobe was Husker's t-shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets. No one who ever knew Cheri could say they were not aware of her Nebraska heritage. Pity the poor soul who unknowing walked in and started carrying on about "UT". Cheri was blessed with grandson, Kaden Tyler Murphy son, of daughter Kari and husband Aaron, on May 17, 2010. Kaden became the joy of her life. She so looked forward to going to San Angelo to visit, or having them visit in Pflugerville. You couldn't talk to her without seeing the photos of Kaden she had on her phone. Kaden was her newest "baby". It cannot be a coincidence, Cheri miraculously held on until Kaden's 2nd birthday before deciding to enter Heaven's gates. Cheri is survived by her loving husband Jess of Pflugerville: daughter Kari, her husband Aaron and grandson Kaden of San Angelo, TX: son Jared of Pflugerville: mother Sharon Conner and brother John Conner along with niece Jenna Conner of Weatherford, TX: sister Pam Conner Marks and her husband Ken of Lancaster, TX:, uncle Larry Shafer and aunt Linda Shafer of Atlantic, Iowa: father-in-law Jerry Smith and mother-in-law Carolyn Smith of Reno, Nevada: along with several cousins, and so many close friends, whose lives she so lovingly touched, throughout her too short life. The family sends out a special thanks to Sherry Whittaker, who was such an angel and special caregiver to Cheri during her illness. Her presence always made Cheri's day better. Thanks to "Grandma" Carolyn Smith who tirelessly stayed by Cheri's side for the last 10 weeks. Thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Texas Oncology, and Round Rock Medical Center. And finally, thank you to the all the great staff at Christopher House of Austin. The loving care and compassion she received there was second to none. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 21, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m.. at Beck Funeral Home, 4765 Priem Lane, in Pflugerville, with services set for Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 4 p.m., at the same location. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Hospice Austin Christopher House, or a favorite in Cheri's name.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on May 20, 2012
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