Cheryl Joy Wilson

July 15, 1948November 17, 2018

Cheryl Wilson, beloved wife of Thomas, Mother of Sean and Nana of Colin, passed away November 17, 2018, at her home in Poinciana, Florida, after a long illness. Her parents Henry Victor Nicholls and Joyce Elizabeth Nicholls (Parker) predeceased her. Cheryl was born in Mackay, Queensland, Australia July 15, 1948. Her husband of 48 years Thomas Wilson of Poinciana, son Sean Wilson, grandson Colin of Washington State and several relatives in Australia survive her. Cheryl liked cooking and was a very good cook. She put together a very special large 3 ring binder of recipes for our Grandson so he could continue to bake and cook the special dishes they once cooked together in the kitchen. Cheryl had a passion for the piano, which she passed down to her son. She loved working with computers and was primarily a self-taught web designer. She was the Web Master for the Central Florida Computer Society for several years. Cheryl designed and maintained a web site (among others) for a major political party for a county in California – before she became a dual US/Australian citizen! She was extremely well liked by the people she did web design for. She also helped her husband out of his occasional computer problems. She loved to travel – both road trips and by air; she gave her Garmin GPS a name. She was very interested in tracking her family tree and with assistance from her cousin in Australia made great headway. Cheryl loved looking after her bougainvilleas and other plants in her garden. She grew herbs used in her cooking. She frequently hounded the landscaping company to stay on the ball with the landscaping around our home. She was also mischievous, teaching her grandson how to pull pranks on his father – and pulling some herself on her friends. Cheryl loved to play Mahjong with her friends. She was very loyal often going out of her way to help a friend. She was loved by many. She enjoyed life and through her life brightened the lives of others.


  • Gathering Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Reception Saturday, December 8, 2018

Cheryl Joy Wilson

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Jennifer Waldeck

January 20, 2019

I never met Cheryl in person but our mutual friend connected us way back in the late 90s when I needed a website designed and there weren't tons of website designers out there. She worked with our group to make a custom site and even though she was in Florida and we were in California, she continued to work with the organization for many years. I just loved Cheryl and her creative, warm spirit and I'm so very sorry for her family and all those who love her. She is gone too soon.

Mary Quintal

December 16, 2018

Loved Cheryl! Even after all these years, I will never forget her happy smile and zest for life. She introduced our family to "Monkey Bread!" My son, Craig, was ill and Cheryl brought over a warm tray of Monkey Bread. From that day forward, we always have Monkey Bread for Craig's birthday, Christmas and New Years! Her beautiful family was the love of her life. She was a treasure and made this world a much better place. Rest in Peace, dear friend.
Mary Quintal

Susan Spraker

December 8, 2018

We will miss Cheryl! She was so smart, quick on the uptake, funny, and kind-hearted. We surely could use more of that these days. It was a delight to be around her and Tom. All of us send our sincerest condolences to Tom and all the family. Susan, John, Kelly, Kyron and Eric

Claire Wait

December 6, 2018

We loved her smile, we loved her eyes and we loved it when she said, "Crikey!" She was always full of energy and pzazz and always willing to help with any problem. Unfortunately, I never picked up Mah Jong, but she tried to teach me.
I remember meeting her on Shell Beach while she was walking the dog, Andy. Not too long after that we saw Sean in a bassinet at Sierra Vista hospital in San Luis. One month later we had our daughter, Cecily, at the same hospital.
Cheryl was a lovely woman and a loving friend. We will miss her and we grieve for Tom, Sean and Colin.

Tom and Claire Wait

Kathy Wheeler

December 4, 2018

Cheryl was an avid walker. The same walking path we shared reminds me every time of her quick wit, abundant knowledge and amazing organizational skill. So many of our birthday celebrations would have been missed if Cheryl did not initiate the idea. Because of Cheryl, I always felt being cared about , that goes for my computers as well.
Cheryl, my dear friend, my teacher and my role model,, my support system, we miss you so!!

Kathy&Mel Wheeler

Craig Wilson

December 4, 2018

Cheryl was a perfect companion to Tom. We experienced that over the many years we gathered together with Tom and Cheryl. Cheryl was gracious and pleasant to visit or have as company. The last time Cheryl visited us was at our home in the mountains near Lake Tahoe. Cheryl enjoyed meandering through the forest and along the creek that flowed through the nearby meadow. She enjoyed those hikes and appreciated the beauty of nature. We will always remember those too few opportunities we shared with Tom and Cheryl.

Craig & Anne Wilson

Sue Carroll

November 28, 2018

Dearest Cheryl, deeply loved cousin of John & Sue in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Happy childhood memories of the flood time exploits in Queensland; the Mackay show; catching chocolates at pantomimes in Melbourne; plus eating Nan's yo-yos & Christmas pudding, with inserted sixpences, when we had some Christmases together - and lets not forget our love of Vegemite. Wonderful memories of your trips to Aus & my time with you & Tom in Florida, plus our many chats & laughs on Skype. Thanks for coming home to Aus in April and the treasured memories of the meeting of our youngest generation of cousins on our happy, laughter filled family day, and then our times away together, including your giant mug of coffee at Yarck! Many thanks Tom for all the family trip DVDs of treasured memories - our love and thoughts are with you, Sean and Colin. 'Til we meet again Cheryl my love is with you wherever you are - love always from your cousin Sue and your Carroll family cousins in Melbourne.

Chuck and Marie Cagara

November 28, 2018

Webmaster or Friend? Both! Chuck and I needed a Webmaster and found none suitable where we live in Santa Barbara, CA. In addition to his day job, he is a professional Photographer and he had me study to turn pro-photographer as well. I telephoned a friend who was President of the political group mentioned in Cheryl's obituary. That website was perfect and I asked for webmaster's name and phone telling him why we needed same and did he think his webmaster could help us. He gave a huge thumbs up! Reaching Cheryl in Florida, I hoped she could help us clear across country. Cheryl and I talked like old friends immediately and my Husband picked up the phone to tell Cheryl our needs for a website and like a long time friend she told us she had not done a website for professional photographs we planned to sell to the public as we specialize in photos of Yosemite National Park, for example. Cheryl became excited as we are and the more Cheryl, Chuck and I talked, we were already "working" on the website that evening. A friendship was born as well as having a webmaster who would take care of our photos as well as we did.
As the days went by, we emailed, sent photos for Cheryl to decide, with Chuck's guidance, how the photos should be placed and soon Cheryl was suggesting everything about the website as it started to take shape. I had my own section of the site so Cheryl and I spent a lot of time together a she taught me how to learn her job in part and it was a thrilling experience. Soon, while learning the business from Cheryl, I learned about Tom, her family and her grandchildren she loved so much and could not wait to see them in her long distance travels. I learned about her cooking and other joyful things she did and I gave her some my interests as well.
I am a business woman and a musician so I was busy, like Cheryl and I have to share that she is one of the most wonderful and amazing people I have met in my life. She never ceased to amaze me.

Lisa Hiltabrant

November 28, 2018

It’s so hard to say goodbye. Thank you for being mom number 2, Since age 2. You were always there for me and the family. The good and the bad. You were at every milestone. I will forever cherish the memories of these past few years in Virginia. You will be greatly missed but always in our hearts.

Eileen Gaik

November 28, 2018

My Dearest Friend of 45 years! How do I say goodbye? My heart is heavy, but 45 years of memories Hawaii to CA, then you to Florida and me to VA are filled with so much love and laughter. There is no goodbye, only a special Aloha. You will never leave my heart. Light up the skies Luv, and smile down on us all. I love you!!!