Sept. 6, 1952 — Jan. 23, 2014
SAVANNA, Ill. — Cheryl Reagan shot straight from the hip and spoke from the heart. She died at the age 61, Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton, Iowa, surrounded by family.
Her candor and “genuine love” will be missed by all. You always knew where you stood with her, a characteristic to be desired by many. Along with these traits, was a loving heart, if you were fortunate enough to be a part of Cheryl’s life, you know this about her. She touched many lives as a nurse, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a mother, a grandmother, an aunt and a wife.
Cheryl was born on September 6, 1952, the daughter of Merle Gene and Shirley (Ruchotzke) Thompson in Clinton. Cheryl had a close relationship to her step-father, Joseph LaRell Turner, as he raised her and her siblings as his own. She married Gary Lee Tracy in 1983. Gary passed away on May 20, 1994.
On November 11, 2000 Cheryl married John “Jack” Reagan. He passed away September 16, 2012. She worked for IPSCO in Camanche, Iowa and owned and operated Fuzzy’s Tap in Sabula, Iowa. In 1993 she became a nurses’ aid and she worked as a hospice nurse for Genesis Hospice out of the Quad Cities.
She traveled far and in all kinds of weather to care for her patients. Perhaps it was your family member or someone you know that she provided comfort and care for. Cheryl gave of herself with little thought and made it seem effortless. Cheryl did this from the time she was a young child.
As friend or family, if you needed someone by your side, Cheryl was the person you wanted in your corner. She would be the first to defend and protect.
Cheryl was a member of the American Legion in Apache Junction, Arizona. She enjoyed reading, listening to live music, traveling and cooking. She loved spending time with her Sunday afternoon social club. Most of all, Cheryl loved to be with her friends and family. She worked hard and played hard. She cherished both. When Cheryl laughed, she laughed deep. When she smiled it was never “a fake smile.”
Cheryl recently traveled many miles to Arizona to see her family. Cheryl should have stopped and turned back as she was not in traveling condition. But did she? Of course not! Cheryl carried on for that is the woman she was. Hell or high water, she was going to Arizona! She completed the journey and spent treasured time with her family. When Cheryl set her mind on something, there was no turning back.
Cheryl was equally passionate about coming back to her home in Savanna. She couldn’t wait to get home to her Savanna family and friends. All are comforted to know her final days were among her wonderful family and friends.
Cheryl will be lovingly remembered by her mother, Shirley Turner of Mesa, Arizona; five step-children, Michelle (Trey) Rodgers, John “Michael” (Michele) Reagan, John “J.D.” (Jennifer) Reagan, Patrick “Kelly” (Lara) McCombie and Tony (Curtis) McCombie; 7 grandchildren; three sisters, Sharon (Russ) Reinke, Mary (Jeff) Bell and her twin sister Sheila (Robert) Wargo; two brothers, Michael (Jane) Thompson and Randy Thompson; 7 nieces and nephews and 9 great nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Gary; her second husband, John: two nephews and her step- dad.
A Memorial Gathering will be held 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, with a Celebration of Life service at 6:45 p.m., during the gathering at the funeral home.
Death date: Jan. 23, 2014