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Heights Funeral Home

1317 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Cheryl Lynn Anderson

October 4, 1957July 20, 2020
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On October 4, 1957, the same day the Russians launched Sputnik (the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth), Cheryl Lynn Reeves (Anderson) joined the world as the second daughter to Cleo and Raymond Reeves and younger sister to Susan Reeves (Truax) and passed away unexpectedly on July 20, 2020. Cheryl is preceded in death by her father, Raymond Reeves and survived by her mother, Cleo Streater; daughter, Kimberly Anderson and her husband David Gollner; son, Joshua Anderson and his wife Laura; grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Oliver and Isobel; sister, Susan Truax and her husband Gary; brother, Gene Reeves; nephew, Jonathan Truax and his wife Marissa; niece, Allison Jackson and her husband Clayton; great-niece, Brianna Truax; and numerous relatives.

Cheryl was a devoted mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt. Her face lit up whenever she talked about her children and beautiful grandbabies.She adored her children and raised Kimberly and Joshua to be strong and independent adults. Over time their relationship changed from mother-child to a close friendship. Cheryl and Kim shared the love of the game of World of Warcraft (WOW) and were a powerful team. Cheryl and Joshua spent most of football season cheering on their beloved Dallas Cowboys.

Born in Houston, Texas, Cheryl was a second generation Houstonian and third generation Texan, something that was always a source of pride to her. Cheryl lived in Houston her entire life and graduated from S. P. Waltrip High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education with honors from the University of Houston. As a voracious reader and lover of history, Cheryl had a passion for learning and transferred that passion into her twenty year career as a public-school teacher, changing and improving the lives of her students. Cheryl loved teaching and embraced this throughout her career and into “retirement”. When Cheryl retired from her career as a schoolteacher, instead of sitting on the porch and watching life go by, she found a new passion….as an activist! She began volunteering within her local AFT and quickly found her calling. Every fall, she met with teachers, informing them of their rights and of course, encouraging them to join the Union.

Cheryl worked tirelessly for TARA and Texas AFT. For the last four years, Cheryl was the TARA Houston President where her passion for helping others and advocating for retiree causes served as an inspiration for all who knew her and worked with her. Cheryl was the founding chair of Texas AFT Retiree Plus where she advocated for cooperative work between TARA and Texas AFT. In this new role, Cheryl became a force like no other and made many positive inroads for other retirees. Yet another avenue where Cheryl could work to help improve the lives of others. During the past two presidential campaigns, Cheryl campaigned tirelessly with the AFL-CIO, AWU, and the Teamsters in support of the Democratic Party. She truly did not care where your vote was cast, as long as you voted. She felt you did not have the right to complain unless you made an effort for change. At the time of her death, Cheryl was already gearing up to virtually continue her work for this year’s presidential election. Her creativity and passion will be sorely missed.

Cheryl wore many hats…mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher and activist. Her passion for life, learning, and love of her family were her driving forces. Cheryl touched many lives and our lives are better for knowing her.

A celebration of Cheryl's life will be held Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 1 PM in the chapel of Heights Funeral Home.

A recording of Cheryl’s service will be available on Facebook Monday, July 27th.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

  • Reception

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

Memories

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Theron (Rick) Norris

July 31, 2020

I always considered the time that Cheryl and I teamed the Golden Years at Hogg. I think of her often and will remember her for all the great enthusiasm and fun she brought to my life at school and out in the real world.

Deborah Crowe

July 28, 2020

Kim and Josh, I am sorry for the loss of your mom. I have such wonderful memories of working with Cheryl at Hogg. We taught together for a number of years. I remember you caring for my dogs when I went out of town. May God bless you during this difficult time, and may your mom rest in peace.

Debbie Crowe

Gene Reeves

July 26, 2020

My fondest memories are too many to list however I will never forget riding horses together and attending her softball games.
Our trip to New Mexico, our visits in Las Vegas and the last visit we had together in Florida. Cheryl was so incredibly funny and so extremely smart! I’ll always cherish our times together and miss her for the rest of my life!

Lori Lollar

July 26, 2020

Josh, Kim and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Cheryl and I worked together at the Houston Federation of Teachers, Local 2415. I will always remember Cheryl as a strong advocate for that which she believed in; education and advocacy for employees new and retired in the public school system. She will be greatly missed. May God‘s perpetual light shine upon her face and grant unto her eternal rest.

Gayle Fallon

July 26, 2020

I initially got to know Cheryl when she was a teacher. The degree to which she cared about her students was evident in every conversation we had. When she took over the retiree chapter she did it with the same passion and caring that she displayed in the classroom. She was a person I admired and considered a friend. I will miss her and my prayers go out to her family. I wish I could be there today but I am on the east coast.

Bette Wade

July 26, 2020

I wish I could be there to share the celebration of Cheryl's life but it's impossible right now. A wonderful friend and a formidable warrior, she will be missed terribly. My best memory of Cheryl is her laugh--loud, true and unharnessed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Paula Levy

July 25, 2020

Cheryl has been a part of my life, my whole life; she was my older cousin. When I think of Cheryl, I swear I can hear her laugh~ it was distinctive and infectious. Cheryl loved life and she lived it to the fullest.
Growing up I would see Cheryl several times per year. When social media came along, it was another way for us to stay connected. She came to Austin for her activist events and we would meet for drinks and/or dinner when we could.
She was always there on the peripheral of my life, a text or phone call away. Not anymore, a life well-lived cut way too short.

Shawn O’Donnell

July 24, 2020

It was a wonderful experience working with Cheryl on issues that affect retirees. What a great leader! Prayers and condolences from a friend in El Paso.

Vickie Nolan

July 24, 2020

Cheryl it seems we only met at Weddings and Funeral's. You were such a sweet person. You raised such a wonderful young man in Josh! As Laura's Grandmother I have heard so many great things about you from Laura and know you will be greatly missed. Your time here was way to short and I know that Josh is going to miss you so much. Life is always such a short and fleeting moment here.

Shqron Smith

July 22, 2020

Hello Auntie Cleo. I am heartbroken for you as I know you and all loved our Cheryl. She was such a kind, loving daughter, always helping her mom. I know you loved and supported each other spiritually, lifting each other up. I know words wont change things but know I love you Auntie Cleo and Cheryl leaves a Beautiful Memory.

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