Cheryl Simons, age 60 of Enning, SD, died July 4, 2008, at her daughter's home in Elm Springs.
Cheryl had battled cancer for eight years with an inspiring attitude and courageous determination.
Family services were held Tuesday, July 8, at the Prairie Bible Church west of Enning.
Services were held Wednesday, July 9, at the Central Meade County Community Center at Union Center, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
Music was provided by Butch Samuelson, pianist; Teri Kissack, vocalist; and drummers (former students), Collin Holy, Ira Hayes and Gideon Hayes.
Ushers were Grant Simons and Lee Baldwin. Pallbearers were Glen King, Brian Olson, Larry Hauser, Darwin Hauser, Norman Hanzlik, Lane Butler and Tommy Simons.
Interment was Wednesday, July 9th at the Elm Springs Cemetery.
Cheryl was born August 24, 1947, in Anaheim, CA, to Clark W. and Arlene (Hauser) Scott. Cheryl moved to Faith, SD, at the age of nine. She held a great admiration for her stepfather, Maurice Talley. As a young woman she was very active in 4-H, MYF, numerous sports, and cheerleading. She also enjoyed playing the piano. Cheryl graduated from Faith High School in 1965.
She married Jack Simons in 1966 and to this union five children were born. After moving to the Enning Country, she was active in Cow Belles, softball, and keeping score at ropings. She attended Black Hills State College and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education.
The lives of many students and co-workers were touched by Cheryl during her 35-year teaching career. Cheryl taught at various country schools and spent the last 15 years of her career at Takini School.
Cheryl was a constant support for her children and attended every activity they participated in. She looked forward to any time she could spend with her family which included holidays, brandings, and various camping trips.
Cheryl enjoyed many crafts such as sewing, beading, gardening and flowers, toll and acrylic painting. She later developed a passion for quilting, making beautiful quilts for each of her grandchildren. She loved feeding and watching birds and collecting rocks for her grandchildren to paint.
Cheryl is survived by her husband of 42 years, Jack, of Enning; her four children, Scott (Lynn) Simons, of Union Center; Shirrise (Morris) Linn, of Elm Springs; Bummer (Jodi) Simons of Enning; and Sanden (Elaine) Simons, of Wall; her mother, Arlene (Hauser) Talley and special friend, Dayton Shannon, Rapid City; two sisters, Deb Brookman, Rapid City; Colleen (Ron) Dell, San Angelo, TX; eight grandchildren, Kassandra Linn, Ashlyn Simons, Jared Simons, Regan Simons, Maverick Simons, Thane Simons, Madison Simons, and Athena Simons; and a host of relatives and friends.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her infant son, Danny Ray; her father, Clark W. Scott, Anaheim, CA; and her stepfather, Maurice Talley, Faith, SD.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangments were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com.