LAIRD, CHERYL F., age 65, passed away Friday, December 10, 2010. Cheryl was born May 7, 1945 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She received her Doctorate of Education in human sexuality from IASHS. She has been in private practice as an LMHC since the 1990's. Throughout her career she was an active leader and member in various mental health organizations, including her past Presidency at FMHCA, as well as other affiliations. Cheryl attended Northland Community Church in Longwood. She is predeceased by her husband, Tom; survived by her four children, grandchildren, brother, nieces, and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. A Memorial Service will be conducted at 11:15 a.m, Monday, December 20, at Northland Community Church in Longwood. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation. The family would like to send a special thanks to the nurses at Vitas Hospice Center for their comfort, guidance, and support for the family and for her final journey.
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Published by Orlando Sentinel on Dec. 13, 2010.
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One year ago, you found peace. I can still hear your laugh and see your smile. You proved that one person could touch many people and make a difference, for the better. You touched my heart, and I will never forget you. Better yet, I will carry your message forward and you will live forever. Thank you for blessing me with your love and friendship. I miss you. RIP Cheryl.
Gloria Levine
December 8, 2011
Your love and extraordinary care in guiding us into His arms will never be forgotten. My heart breaks that we no longer have you here, and we look forward one day to long, wonderful talks and dancing with you into eternity.
Carol Don and Anne
May 13, 2011
I just heard about Cheryl's passing today. She was an amazing therapist and my prayers go out to the family...I have know her many years...Anne Rufiange
January 13, 2011
You have always soared with eagles, and now you are flying with angels. I am sure Tom met you at heaven’s gate with your wings. You love for your family was everlasting and your faith was pure. You had the memory of an elephant and the kindness of a lovebird. Love-birds, Yes… you did! Moreover, you rescued many. Love-people, Yes… you did! You rescued many and protected the voiceless children. You made a difference in this world, for the better. You accomplished so much because you did everything with love and great dedication. Your wisdom and wit will be missed, but never forgotten. Merry Christmas, My Dear Friend, for now you are with your Lord and Beloved ?
Gloria Levine
December 22, 2010
Dr. Laird was a great therapist to the youth in our community. She will be greatly missed.
December 20, 2010
You kindness and caring were felt deeply and appreciated more than I can say. Now you can ask God about female birds!. I hope to see you someday in Heaven. Save me a seat by you. Cecyle Carson (Orlando, Fl.)
Cecyle Carson
December 15, 2010
Caring, thoghtfulnes, kindness, and more fun than you could ever imagine are words that describe Cheryl. She will be so missed by her Yana Project Advisory Council members. Over the past years while our Council was Family Focus we had a lot of fun together. Rest in peace sweet Cheryl and know we will miss the beauty of your smile. The Yana Project Advisory Council
Sarah Fetters
December 15, 2010
"Only knowing Cheryl for a little over a year, she touched me greatly and I will miss her dearly. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family. She will always be an angel to all who have been blessed to have her in their life." The Hardesty Family
December 15, 2010
After years of knowing Cheryl she always treated me like a son. I will miss her dearly and my heart and prayers go out to her family. My wife Tracy and I have always loved her and appreciated her kindness and gentleness. Cheryl, I know that U and Tom are finally dancing to your favorite song! U will be missed dearly. John and Tracy Nolan
john & tracy nolan
December 14, 2010
Cheryl was a dedicated and caring supervisor who diligently sought to bring out the best in all her clients. She was unashamedly Christian and yet respectful of clients of all religious faiths. She was tender yet willing to confront clients when they needed it. She was charitable almost to a fault and I never saw her turn a client away for inability to pay. Her early life was not easy but she brought these life experiences into her counseling in a way that helped her relate to clients where they found themselves to their benefit. Central Florida counselors have lost one of their brightest shining lights. I have lost a supervisor and my wife a dear friend.
Keith & Pauline Vennum
December 13, 2010
Thank you Cheryl for all the Light you brought into this world
Gail Gullo
December 13, 2010
Cheryl has been a caring teacher, wise friend, and joyful presence in my life for the last 10 years. I'm so blessed to have worked alongside her, and to have had the opportunity to learn from her! Yes, she is already missed.
Dale Eshleman
December 13, 2010
Cheryl was a great person and will be missed my prayer go out to the family Ray vickers
December 13, 2010
I knew Cheryl for fifteen years, she was a generous person and a brilliant caring clinician with a great sense of humor. Her practice will continue in her honor. She will be missed.
John Huffer
December 13, 2010