Cheryl Brockbank Johnson Smith (CBS), 76, passed away early on Feb. 24, 2012, in the comfort of her own home.

Cheryl Brockbank Johnson Smith (CBS), 76, passed away early on Feb. 24, 2012, in the comfort of her own home.

Cheryl was born on June 7, 1935, to ‘J Ed’ and Lavon B. Johnson in Berkeley, Calif., where she and her 7 siblings were raised. She graduated from BYU in Provo, Utah, in 1957 with a degree in Education. She taught elementary school in Hayward, Calif., before marrying Earl Smith on Dec. 10, 1958. She continued to teach until they had their first child in 1960.

Cheryl was actively involved in her church and serving in the community. Anyone who knew Cheryl knew well of her ability to quietly and effectively serve those around her. Her quick wit and selfless ways leave a void in the lives of those who love her.

Cheryl believed in truth, honor, and integrity in all things and lived by these virtues in her own life. She loved music and teaching; listening to her children and grandchildren playing piano brought her great joy. Many of her children, grandchildren, and friends were taught with her unique and highly successful approach to phonics. Cheryl’s example of love, service, endurance, making the most of whatever life gave her, and being a positive addition to everyone’s life is the legacy she leaves that her family hopes to carry on throughout their own lives. She never wavered in her love of the Savior and her devotion to our Heavenly Father.

Cheryl is survived by her husband Earl, of 53 years; and their 9 children, Shauna Leishman (David), Garrett Smith (Cyndi), Jordan Smith, Jonathan Smith, Jared Smith (Michelle), Daniel Smith (Suzanne), Sara Smith (Lonnie), Angela Bryner (Jay), and David Smith. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren; her sister, Carolyn DeLaMar; and two brothers, Tom and Harry Johnson; her beloved sisters-in-law, Eunice Johnson and Betty Johnson; and brother-in-law, Gene Fox; as well as more than 30 adoring nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a grandson and her two dear sidekicks, sister, Vonnie (Fox), and brother, Dick (Johnson), and brothers Marion Johnson and Robert Johnson.

Please join us for a memorial service as we celebrate Cheryl’s life. The service will be held on March 3 at the LDS Chapel in Independence, 705 W. Walnut St., at 1 p.m. Reception immediately following. Attire: Think Pink.

Contributions are suggested to the Independence Community Services League.

Arrangements: Church Funeral Associates, 5845 Horton, Suite 106, Mission, KS 66202, 913-789-9600.

 

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