Cheryl DeMeester, 61, passed away in Boise Idaho on February 23, 2020. Cheryl was born to Doral and Marge Paxman in Bellefonte Pennsylvania on June 26, 1958. She was the oldest of six siblings, growing up mainly in Calgary Alberta.
Cheryl married Mark DeMeester in 1982 in the Cardston Alberta temple. Following marriage, they lived in Calgary; Provo Utah; Los Angeles California; Carson City Nevada; Seattle Washington; and for the last twenty-seven years, Boise.
Cheryl attended Brigham Young University and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. While earning that degree, in 1984 she received the Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of Emilia in BYU’s production of Othello. Later in life, after raising her daughters, she graduated from Idaho State University with a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. She used her talents to help many patients with their quality of life.
Cheryl served in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a warm person who enjoyed people, connecting easily with different personalities. She faced cancer, first diagnosed in summer 2015, bravely. She remained as active as possible, in 2016 running a 5K and in late 2019 hiking at Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Cheryl is survived by daughters Angela, Danielle, Candace, and Rebecca, by her husband, and also by parents, grandchildren, brothers and sisters. She will be deeply, deeply missed.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to contribute to a charity of your choice.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 29, 10 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 1925 Broadway Avenue.
Reed & Susan saysFebruary 26, 2020 at 8:26 pm
Dear Mark, we are heartbroken for you. We hope you can find some comfort by thinking upon decades of sweet memories with Cheryl.
James saysFebruary 27, 2020 at 12:44 pm
So sorry for your loss. During this difficult time, please know that our heartfelt thoughts and sympathy are with you and the rest of the family. Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Tiffany and James
Marcia salovich saysMarch 13, 2020 at 1:12 am
I miss my friend every day. I often called on my way home from work to share stories, thoughts and pick Cheryl’s amazing brain. Cheryl had an amazing knack fior getting to the heart of the matter when it came to patients and people in general. She was honest, forthright and intuitive. Her life story should have been titled ‘the unsinkable cheryl demeester’. She won the academy award for friendship every year I knew her. I can’t imagine my small world without her. I can’t imagine your loss and send you strength and love.