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Cherylyn Rosaria Smith (Regan) passed away at the age of 71. Born to Austin Francis Regan, and Marietta Ann (Randazzo) Regan in Crockett, CA, Cherylyn was the oldest of six girls. She moved to Fresno, CA in 1964, to attend Fresno State College. A lifelong admirer of literature, poetry, and the arts, Cherylyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1968. She met her husband of 48 years, Ronald Smith, while attending Fresno State. They raised three children together in Fresno's Tower District. A proud Sagittarius who embodied the intelligence and larger than life characteristics of her sign, Cherylyn inspired many people through her eloquence of speech, perseverance of action, and abundance of compassion. While raising a family, Cherylyn worked for 25 years as a dedicated educator and multilingual specialist for Fresno Unified School District. She was a tireless environmentalist and social justice activist throughout her adult life, and she was particularly passionate about empowering marginalized people in society. Most recently, she served as the Vice President for the Fresno Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club while also advocating for Fresnans Against Fracking (FAF), and Citizens for California High Speed Rail Accountability (CCHSRA). When she was not teaching in the classroom or engaging in her community as an activist, Cherylyn enjoyed reveling in nature with her family, traveling the world, reading poetry and literature, visiting art museums, attending concerts and plays, and spending quality time with her grandchildren. Cherylyn is survived by her husband, Ronald Smith; her children, Jessica Smith Bobadilla, Thomas Smith, and Stephanie Smith; and her grandchildren, Sophia Bobadilla, and Giovanni Bobadilla. Her indomitable and loving spirit is honored by everyone she inspired throughout her lifetime. Her legacy will undoubtedly benefit the world for generations to come. A Celebration of Life will be held for Cherylyn Rosaria Smith at at The First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness, Fresno, CA 93704, on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.
Published in the Fresno Bee on Feb. 11, 2018
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