December 22, 1952 ~ July 12, 2015
Cheryl Lee Smith of Fowler passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2015. Cheryl was a kind and caring person, who loved life and laughter. Cheryl's sense of humor was always appreciated by friends and family, who recall many memories with jokes, teasing, fun, and games. A lover of all animals, Cheryl adopted countless dogs, cats, and birds over her lifetime. She enjoyed reading, learning, and teaching, and was always ready to recommend a good book. Cheryl valued fairness, honesty and integrity. Many people counted on Cheryl for her guidance and support due to her level head and sound judgment when making decisions. Cheryl graduated from Otero Junior College with her RN degree. She worked for the Colorado Department of Corrections for 27 years before retiring in 2012. During her retirement, Cheryl completed her master's degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from Colorado State University Global Campus. Cheryl is preceded in death by her mother, Nellie Copp. She is survived by her husband, Larry; her children, Jeremy (Tiffany) Kingrey, Steven, Brianna (Kyle) Bourne, Keanan, and Mariah; her grandchildren, Lacey and Jaxon; her father, William Copp; her sisters Carlen (David) Tooley and Arlinda (Butch) Vulgamore; her brother, Bill (Brenda) Copp; numerous nieces, nephews, coworkers, and friends; and many pets and grand-pets. A small family service was held on Friday, July 17th, 2015, by Rod and Susan Coulter from Las Animas. A celebration of life will be held from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Sunday, August 9th, 2015, for family and friends that would like to attend at their convenience at Monte's Senate Bar and Grill on 219 S. Grand Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003. Supporting non-profits was very important to Cheryl, so in lieu of flowers and food, the family would like donations to be made in Cheryl's name to the Friends of the Library, 622 S. Union, Pueblo, CO 81004 or to Pueblo Animal Services (Animal Shelter), 4600 Eagleridge Place, Pueblo, CO 81008.