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Cheryl CRUICKSHANK


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Cheryl CRUICKSHANK Obituary
CRUICKSHANK, Cheryl Cheryl Cartledge Cruickshank drew her last breath just before midnight Sunday evening, November 12, at home with her husband and two daughters at her side. For nearly two years Cheryl underwent treatment at Emory Winship Clinic for a high risk case of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS bone marrow cancer). She battled the disease with strength and grace, sustained by love, humor, and blood transfusions. Cheryl was the daughter of Amy and Ned Cartledge (noted wood carver folk artist) of Atlanta. Born June 26, 1950, in Emory Hospital, she grew up in the immediate area and graduated from Briarcliff High in 1968. After attending Georgia State University she moved to Houston where she met a Mexican movie actor. Their subsequent marriage took her to Acapulco and then to Cancun. The marriage was brief, but she often recalled her Mexican menagerie of pets while in Cancun, including "Buckwheat" her spider monkey and "Susannah" her toucan. Returning to Atlanta, she obtained a real estate license and specialized in the sale of in-town condominiums while working for Secured Communities and others. She met future husband Bradley Cruickshank in the sales office of one of these projects. Cheryl and Brad lived in Ansley Park for over 30 years. There they remodeled two homes which Cheryl loved designing and decorating. She created many beautiful rooms that incorporated her beloved collections, including toleware trays and natural curiosities like shells, butterflies, and mineral specimens. Many of the local objects she found in the woods and pastures of Brad and Cheryl's farm in Suches. She loved mowing on their John Deere tractor and exploring on the Kubota RTV with the family poodle. Creative and artistic, she loved painting. Her canvases were typically pastel abstracts. She also loved gardening (especially peonies); a passion inherited from her father. Her floral arrangements won several awards at the Atlanta Flower Shows. From her mother she learned an appreciation for cooking; but as a home cook, Cheryl was self- taught. Even an ordinary night's dinner would be delicious and beautiful, with an extra touch of care in presentation. Cheryl's motto was "Presentation is everything". Her holiday dinners were no exception and typically concluded with a themed dessert such as Peter Rabbit's garden with marzipan characters and creations for Easter or a buche de noel yule log for Christmas. Cheryl volunteered at Morningside Elementary school while her two daughters attended. She was active in the Ansley Park Garden Club and was a founder of Ansley's "Art in the Park". Despite not finishing college, she had a vast mind. Her politics were liberal and her knowledge was great. An avid reader, Cheryl normally read two books at once. David Sedaris, Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker and Nora Lofts were among her favorites. If you haven't heard Sedaris' "Stadium Pal", find it on YouTube and laugh in memory of Cheryl. A devoted Anglophile, she enjoyed reading histories England; especially of English royalty, of which she was descended. Family vacations to England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain gave her a personal connection with the histories she read. Cheryl is survived by her husband of 31 years, Brad, daughter Claire Cruickshank and son-in-law Devon Martinez of Long Beach, CA, daughter India Cruickshank of Atlanta, stepson William A. Cruickshank II of Huntsville, AR, and sisters Deborah Edwards, Helen Hickey and Mary Poulos (Mrs. George) all of Atlanta. The family invites friends to an informal open house at Cheryl and Brad's home at 30 Golf Circle, NE on Saturday, November 18, 1-3pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to "Be the Match" bone marrow registry; www.bethematch.org.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2017
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