Cheryl June Colehour
(1966 - 2011)

Profile:
Cheryl June Colehour

Birth:
Washington, United States of America
November 11, 1966

Passing:
Washington, United States of America
November 30, 2011


Memorial
On November 30, 2011, West Seattle and the rest of the world lost Cheryl Colehour. She fought hard for the preceding 13 months against breast cancer, which ultimately metastasized to her liver.

Cheryl was a beautiful, talented, loving, fierce woman. Her strength and grace were exceeded only by her loving nature.

Cheryl was born and raised in Bellevue, attended college at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, and spent her adult years in Seattle – Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, and ultimately in West Seattle for the last 12 years. Cheryl studied film and video in college and parlayed those skills into a career as an Instructional Designer. She was a skilled fiber artist as well, often gifting friends and family with her exquisite knitting and sewing projects.

Cheryl is survived by her husband Tom Humphreys and their two children, Clara Humphreys (10) and August Humphreys (3); her father and stepmother, Jeff and Beth Colehour; her sister, Julie Colehour (Mitchell), husband Don and children Jessica and Jeremy; her sister, Janelle Urfer, husband Scott and children Owen and Emma. She is preceded in death by her mother Vernal Colehour (Harkness).

Cheryl was unfortunate to have inherited the BRCA1 gene mutation, which creates an astronomical risk for cancer of the breast and ovaries. Her mother and grandmother succumbed to these cancers as well. Her aunt is a breast-cancer survivor. Cheryl was always willing to participate in whatever studies she could to increase medical understanding of these conditions. In that spirit, if you are moved to contribute in her memory, please consider the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance or The University of Washington Medical Center or Gilda’s Club Seattle. (See the "donate" section of this website for more information.)

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May we find comfort in each other's love.

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Guest Book (21 entries)
I was so sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing, more so since I was so late in finding out about it.

Cheryl and I worked together at Safeco Insurance. We started there as contractors at about the same time.

Cheryl's telling of her family and their experiences and adventures in their home and neighborhood were always entertaining but mostly side-splitting. She truly loved her family more then herself.

It is for them that I'm writing this. I wish you much comfort and the joy of your mom's memories for as long as you live.

I lost my wife, Maris, to metasticized liver cancer in 2002. When they meet in heaven, their will be thunderous laughter here on Earth.

Rick Fournier
Charlotte, North Carolina
Rick Fournier (Colleague)
May 13th, 2012
Cheryl and I were friends and roommates in college. There is so much that makes me sad about her death, there's no way to encapsulate it all in this little on-line fragment.

What I most want to say is for Clara and August. Cheryl was so clear about what she valued, and so open in her pursuit of being the person she wanted to become. I expect she must have thought deeply about the kind of parent she wanted to be, too, and that she was likely mindful and proactive with her chance to love in such a way, and bring goodness into the world by bringing a feeling of both safety and freedom to her kids so they could grow up to be spectacular people. (And she would have edited that run-on sentence!)

Clara and August, I especially want you to know that, for all the seriousness of your Mom's approach to things and the seriousness that must have come to all of you during her illness, she was also crazy fun. I have so many memories of her just being kick-in-the-pants funny. I can think of a million little jokes she made, or funny things she did, and it was always all the more impactful because she seemed so quiet on the surface.

She was also inspirational in that she pursued what she wanted to do. That seems simple on the surface, but the truth is most people don't do that. Most people say they want to be this thing or that, but they stop themselves because they don't think they really deserve it, or they think they're not cool enough, or the reality is they just don't have the discipline. Cheryl never got bogged down with that kind of thinking. Without fanfare or bragging, she just did what she wanted to do, and took it all a step at a time.

When she was in college, she was grounded by her faith and by her focus, but she was also someone who took emotional risks at times in order to experience joy and just be alive. She must have been tortured by the idea of leaving you, and you must be heartbroken, but I know she would want you to have that same great feeling of just being alive and young and awake to the world. Were she alive and able to watch you grow, the Cheryl I knew would have loved and supported every artistic impulse you had, and would have had your back in supporting any which way you wanted to grow and be, even if it didn't fit the mainstream, and even if she worried that it might cause you a little pain. She was intellectual, feminist, a good friend, a stable person, a strong personality, a film maker, and person who saw patterns (literally and figuratively). She was creative, and a good cook.

Mostly, to me, she was a good friend, and I hope you will be lucky enough to have at least one friend in your life such as your mom was to me.
Tamara
January 20th, 2012
Cheryl and I were friends in the youth group at East Shore Unitarian Church. We went to yruu youth group conferences together. We laughed at the word "overt". I miss you Cheryl and I'm sorry we didn't keep better in touch. Namaste
Kathryn Barcus (Hammond) (friend)
January 12th, 2012
Cheryl is my step-sister. Our parents married when we were adults, but I spent many holidays with her and her family over the last years and I consider her family. I remember how welcoming and friendly Cheryl was to me. I felt comfortable around her from the first time we met and looked forward to being able to talk with her. Cheryl and I both lived in West Seattle and for a time we would occassionally ride the same bus together. I always enjoyed her company and hearing about how her kids were doing. Cheryl is an amazing woman who will live on in my heart.
Piper Ogan (Step-Sister)
January 11th, 2012
Cheryl was my best friend from Kindergarten through 12th grade. We remained in contact during college but we drifted into separate lives with sparse contact through the years. We reconnected through Facebook but regretfully I did not see her before she passed. Cheryl’s family was central to my formative years. Her mom, Vernal, was a co-leader of the CampFire group along with my mother. Cheryl and I spent innumerable overnights at each other’s houses. Summer camps, weekends, camping trips.... Some of my best memories were with Cheryl and the Colehours.

Vignettes of a lifetime of memories:
* Exploring and playing in the woods of Somerset (before there were houses)
* Getting lost on the bus and ending up in Burien
* Ski weekends at the Moutaineers cabin at I Snoqualmie Pass - the Colehours would graciously invite me to join them.
* Cheryl’s incredible speed reading ability - finishing 3 books to my 1.
* 3rd grade - putting worms in Ms Snyder’s desk (she was mean to us)
* And in 4th grade Mr Laycock teasing us about it by drawing pictures of worms on hand-outs.
* In 4th grade she brought us into the world of witches. We practices spells and eventually put a hex on a classmate.
* Campfire group - numerous camping trips, activities summer camps...
* Multi-family camping trips - especially the canoeing trip on Lake Kachees
* Candystriping at Group Health Hospital
* Concerts: Rush, The Go-Gos and Prince
* Midnight Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Neptune
* Cheryl’s first video production at Evergreen
* Her beautiful and poignant wedding just after her mom’s passing


Cheryl - you will be missed. But you live on with us all. I regret I did not see her before she passed. I really do. This is also my reminder to invest the time where it counts with friends and family old and new. I’m so sorry for your loss and I hope that this collection of my memories bring something to your memories of her.


Julie Renouard (Old friend)
January 1st, 2012
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"Cheryl was a dear friend and confident that I met at Evergreen. We were housemates/roommates for many years. I cannot think of this period of my life without Cheryl in it. Big love to her family, especially Tom & the kids, lots of prayers your way."
Tracy Mia Anderson
May 1st, 2012
"I am very sad to learn of Cheryl's passing. I used to babysit her and her two sisters very frequently when their parents would go out or on trips. I have many many fond memories of the Colehour family.My sympathy to Jeff, Julie and Janelle."
Phyllis Green
March 4th, 2012
"cheryl and i had a good friendship when we were teen agers. we are almost the same age. i remember the yruu youth conferences. love and miss you cheryl kat"
kathryn hammond (barcus)
January 11th, 2012
"I am saddened to hear about the loss of Cheryl. I have known her since elementary school (I am a friend of Julie's) Hugs to her husband and children, and the rest of the Colehour clan. You are all in my thoughts and prayers."
Robyn Ellis-Chillem
January 11th, 2012
"I am deeply saddened to learn of Cheryl's death. I want to extend my support and sympathy to her family. I have never met Cheryl, but she read and commented on my blog and was always full of support and kindness. I am honored to have "known" her."
Lisa Ferris
January 11th, 2012
"I am so sad to find that Cheryl lost her battle with cancer. Here is a candle from a long time friend. She holds a special place in my heart. My heart and deepest condolences are sent out to Tom, August and Clara - Julie, Jeff and Janelle."
Julie Renouard
January 1st, 2012
"It is with great sadness that I learned of Cheryl's death today. I realized I hadn't heard from her on facebook for a month and low and behold, my fear that she was gone was real. Still, I know her spirit and love remain bright. Sending much love."
Jenny Strauss
December 26th, 2011
"I know the Humphreys and they are cool.I'm a good friend of Clara and I knew Cheryl. I was suprised and sad when I found out she passed. hugs to Tom, Clara, and August."
Kaylah Bauman
December 20th, 2011
"I am really, really missing you Cheryl as I look at photos of you, of us, and listen to music that we both loved. You gave me 20 years of friendship. I feel so grateful, and I wish we could have 20 more. Much love to you, my lovely scorpio friend."
Jill Sheldon
December 12th, 2011
"We will all miss Cheryl and will never forget her an all the wonderful talks and times we had together. Susan, Astrid & Marissa Mackey-Quintanilla"
Susan Mackey
December 9th, 2011

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