|Cheryl Ann Smith, 79, of Morton formerly of Canton, passed away on Saturday January 13, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.
She was born on October 21, 1938 to Joseph Marion and Beulah Mae Harris Stokes. She married Delmar Dan Smith Sr. on December 15, 1954 and he survives.
Also surviving are her three children; Joy Deanne (Paul) Mason, Melody Sue Smith and Delmar Dan (Cathy) Smith Jr.; six grandchildren, Joshua (Whitney) Smith, Anna Smith Carroll (Chad Bittner), Jessica Mason, Abby (Casey) Smith Vaughan, Suanne (Ramiro) Mason Medina, Emma Mason; Her great grandchildren, Kendra Carroll, Gabriel Medina, Kylie Carroll, Connor Vaughan, Lorelei Bittner, Addi Bunch, Jacqueline Medina, Peyton Bunch, Keeley Vaughan, Olivia Smith and baby boy Smith; one brother, Jack (Diane) Stokes; one niece and two nephews.
She graduated with a BA from Bradley University in 1968 and earned an MA from Western Illinois University in 1991. She was a high school teacher for 26 years, teaching in Peoria, Rock Island, Fairbury, Melvin, and Canton School districts, retiring from Canton in 1994 where she taught high school English for 15 years and advised the yearbook for 9 years. She was selected as Teacher of the Year in 1988. She also was a Teen Parent Initiative manager at Spoon River College from 1994-1998.
She was an active member of Canton Wesley United Methodist Church, serving on several commissions and boards throughout the year. Her primary areas of interest, however, were working with missions and the childcare facility. She also sang in the church choir. She served on Cursillo prison teams, participated in Walk to Emmaus teams, and belonged to NOMADS. She was always an active lay person in churches where her husband pastored.
She was a former member of the Spoon River China Guild, the LY Chapter of PEO, the Altruistic Club and a former board member of the Lambs of God Day Care Center. She was also volunteer tutor for the Spoon River Literacy program.
She felt her most important jobs were as wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
A celebration of life will be at 11:00 am Wednesday January 17, 2018 at First United Methodist Church of Peoria. Pastor Dr. Tim Ozment will officiate. A Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 am Wednesday, also at the church. Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Davis-Oswald Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Preachers' Aid Society, Cunningham Children's Home or St. Jude