Cheryl Barnhart
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Cheryl Renee (Johnson) Barnhart left this world on March 22, 2018 at 11:11 a.m., to receive her angel wings. She was surrounded in love by family and friends as she took her last breath. Cheryl passed away suddenly after a short battle with ovarian cancer.
Cheryl was born in Ellensburg, Washington on December 1, 1960, to Alfred and Estelle (Christopherson) Johnson. She attended Ellensburg High School where she graduated in 1979. She then attended Central Washington University obtaining her Associates Degree. On June 25, 1988, Cheryl married her soulmate, Daniel Wade Barnhart, and they settled into their life together in Ellensburg. Cheryl and Dan were foster parents to many children, adopting their 3 boys, Micah Daniel, Robert Wade and Matthew David. Cheryl and Dan remained active in the life of their foster son, Caleb, until the time of Cheryl's passing. Cheryl was an avid bowler, both in high school and in the years following graduation and a lifetime member of First Lutheran Church. She was an active member and officer of the Women of the Moose Ellensburg Chapter. She was the Ways and Means Chairman of the Washington State /Northern Idaho Moose Association, and her involvement in Mooseheart was a project that was very near and dear to her heart. Cheryl was always willing to lend a helping hand and volunteered in the Kittitas Valley in many capacities, including with the Ellensburg Rodeo. Cheryl treated every child she met as though they were her own, working in past years as a daycare provider and, more recently, in the kitchen at the Thorp School District, as well as working as a Para educator in the Special Education Program.
Cheryl is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, Dan, and the greatest treasures of her life, Micah (Breanna), Robert, Matthew and Caleb. She is also survived by her grandson, Michael, and granddaughter, Evelyn; her parents, Alfred and Estelle Johnson; her brothers and their families, Mark and Jennifer Johnson, their boys, Ethan and Tye; and Paul and Julie Johnson, and their children, Justin, Cassie and Kiley. Cheryl is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Randy and Malina Christopherson; her uncle, Dale Christopherson; and aunt, Faith Youngberg, as well as her paternal grandparents, August and Lucy Johnson; her aunt and uncle, Wayne and Cassie Johnson; and her uncle, Floyd Johnson.
A celebration of Cheryl's precious life will be held on Friday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 512 N. Ruby Street, Ellensburg, with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Cheryl's honor to Hospice Friends or Mooseheart, in care of Brookside Funeral Home, 101 E 2nd Ave., Ellensburg. For those individuals looking for additional ways to help the family, a GoFundMe page has been set up in Cheryl's memory to assist with final expenses.
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Published in Daily Record on Mar. 31, 2018.
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April 18, 2018
Love and hugs to Cheryl's family. May God bless you with comfort and peace. God gave her a gift that she used to touch many lives and she will be fondly remembered by those that she touched.
Joe & Marsha Weyand
April 8, 2018
Dear Dan, Experiencing the death of a wife is so personal that very few of us can understand the grief involved. perhaps it will help to ease your pain and sadness if you know that Cheryl will be greatly missed by all of her friends and that we all share in your sadness. Cheryl was one of the most charming a warmest women I have ever known. I will never for her. Most sincerely, Theresa Svendsen
April 4, 2018
Remembering your great love story today and always.
April 3, 2018
Al, Estelle and all,
My heart goes out to each and everyone of you in your loss of Cheryl. Please know that I am sending healing thoughts and prayers to you all.
Take time to share all of your fond memories with each other - they will get you through!
Patti Whitman
April 1, 2018
Im deeply saddened that weve lost Cheryl. Ive known her since first grade and will also remember her as being a kind, funny, sweet person with a heart of gold. Rest In Peace, Cheryl.
Tammy Wilson
March 31, 2018
Cheryl, I will miss you till we all meet again up yonder. I said a special blessing for your parents and brother Mark and his wife. We had many good times around the coffee table at the line headquarters in Thorp.
March 31, 2018
So sorry to hear of Cheryls passing, she was a loving person with a quick wit. She will be missed, God bless you Cheryl (Chuck)
March 29, 2018
Very sorry for the lost of your loved one May God the hearer of prayers comfort you during this difficult time and give you strength. 2 cor. 1:4
March 29, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Cheryl was such a nice person with a wonderful heart. She so clearly made a difference to those she touched. May she rest in peace and may the Lord keep you all in his loving embrace.
Brenda Huston
March 28, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 28, 2018
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends help you through your grief. Php 4:6,7
March 28, 2018
You are not alone during this time of sorrow and pain. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, the God of peace give you comfort and peace in every way. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 2 15,16
March 28, 2018
May the peace from God be with you and know that He is a God that cares for those in grief.
March 28, 2018
May the God of all comfort and mercy give the family hope and peace during this time of sadness. Jeremiah 29:11.
Jeanette McGhee
March 28, 2018
May God's love be with the family. John 3:16.
March 28, 2018
Sorry for your loss. Take time to grieve and find comfort in knowing that God is near to all those calling on him. Psalm 145:18
March 28, 2018
In this time of grief and sorrow for the passing of Cheryl, may family and friends draw close to God and he will draw close to you, giving you all the strength to endure this great loss.
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