December 22, 1952 ~ July 12, 2015

Born in: Pueblo, CO,
Resided in: Fowler, CO

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.

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  1. I was shocked and saddened to read of Cheryl’s passing. Not only was I her high school English teacher, but I got to know her well while my mother was babysitting Jeremy. I really enjoyed visiting with her. We had many long, interesting conversations. She was fun to be with and always left you laughing. She was a great person who will be missed a great deal.

  2. A great leader and a great friend. She has impacted many people and will be missed. May she rest in peace. Michel and Marcia

  3. Larry & family,
    We just heard of Cheryl’s passing. We extend our deepest sympathy to you & yours.
    Curt & Susan Russell

  4. I was a kid that lived next door to Annie Copp (Cheryl’s Grandmother) on E. 13th in Pueblo back in the 60’s………(before Annie moved to Fowler to be closer to family)
    Cheryl came to visit her grandmother in the summer and would take time to throw the baseball with us (wet behind the ears)…young boys. My memories recall that Cheryl was much of a tom-boy and could throw that ball!!!!!!!!!!! She didn’t throw like a “girl”.
    Very sad to hear of her passing, may the fond memories remain in our hearts forever.
    Thanks,
    Wes Jaynes……the kid next door to Grandma.

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