Cheryl Lynn Boney

March 13, 1947July 31, 2018

Cheryl Lynn Keifer was born on March 13th, 1947 at Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas. She is the older of two children of June Beatrice (Colyar) and Harold Richard “Dick” Keifer.

Cheryl (who, as a young teenager, preferred being called “Cheri”) lived in Emporia, Hutchinson and Kansas City, Kansas, until 1958, when she was twelve. She then moved with her family to their permanent home in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from Anderson High School (Hamilton County, Ohio) in 1965 Cheri attended the University of Cincinnati where she received an associate of arts degree in 1968.

Cheri met Steve in Cincinnati. After they were married in December 20th, 1975, they moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where Steve began graduate studies in biology at Louisiana State University. Cheri also attended LSU, studying zoology. Their first child, Stephanie June, was born there on October 9th, 1977.

After Steve received his Master of Science in Biology, the family moved to Opelika, Alabama, where he began his doctoral studies in fisheries biology at nearby Auburn University. Their first son, Nicholas Howard, “Nick,” was born there on March 20th, 1982. Following Steve’s graduation with a PhD in Biology at Auburn University, the family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where they lived with Cheryl’s mother, June Keifer, for eighteen months during which their son Christopher Michael, “Chris” was born.

Cheri was working and traveling as a management recruiter for Frisch's Restaurants Corporation while she and Steve were also raising their daughter and two toddlers. During her free time, Cheri took flying lessons and hoped to earn her pilot’s license. Additionally, Cheri and Steve were trying to squeeze in renovations on a hundred-year-old house in New Richmond, Ohio, that they purchased in 1983.

In 1991, Steve took a position with a large pharmaceutical company and the family moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and later moved to Tabernacle, New Jersey. Cheri’s main priority there became Little League baseball and she wanted to be a coach. At that time, women were no in high demand as coaches, so Cheri was delighted when a head coach took her on as his assistant coach. When he soon after had a job change, Cheri became the coach for the team of twelve-year-old boys where she coached three seasons a year for four years. Steve decided that Cheri was having too much fun, so he started coaching too. They coached separate competing teams for two years until the year that they coached a team together and won the area championship and came in second in the district championships.

In 1997, the Boney family moved to Richmond Hill, GA, where their children moved on to college and marriages. Cheri became a substitute teacher and loved it. Cheri was an incredible cook searched for new and different recipes to try. (Other than black-eyed peas and kale, all were a resounding success.) She would do anything to help her family (or anyone else who needed help, including complete strangers) She loved working on projects in her home and was ‘full on, get down and dirty” when working in her yard. Cheri mastered crafts of all kinds, jumped at any and all travel opportunities, liked to kayak and read especially, Fu Manchu books. One of her great sources of enjoyment, other than her family, were her friends, neighbors and the neighborhood activities, such as Bunko Night and Book Club.

Cheri was truly an amazing wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend and will be sorely missed by all who loved her dearly.


  • Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Funeral Services will be Conducted Saturday, August 4, 2018

Cheryl Lynn Boney

have a memory or condolence to add?