Cheryl Ann Miller was born to John Ransom and Phyllis Alice Gakle on August 23, 1946 in Long Beach, California and left this world on December 13, 2017. She was 71 years old.
Cheri grew up in southern California with her four beloved siblings, graduating from Mayfair High School in Lakewood, California. She attended Santa Ana College before moving to Lewiston, Idaho to attend Lewis-Clark State College. While at LCSC she fell in love with Howard Wayne Miller and they were married November 23, 1975 in Lewiston at the home of their favorite professor AK Barker. Cheri and Howard welcomed four girls into the family, Jennifer, Tabitha, Amanda, and Nicole. Cheri taught music for Shoshone, Richfield, and Dietrich schools before going back to school to receive her master’s degree in counseling from the College of Idaho. As a counselor she worked for Dietrich schools and O’Leary Junior High before going into private practice with Valley Community Counseling in Jerome. Cheri was involved in many theatre productions throughout the Magic Valley and cherished the many friends she made.
Cheri was the most devoted mother. She spent hours teaching her girls to play the piano and sew. An accomplished actress and musician herself, she supported her daughters in their many artistic pursuits. With the arrival of grandchildren, Cheri showered them with constant love and attention. A life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cheri was a consummate person of faith and charity.
Cheri is survived by beloved students, colleagues, clients and adopted children, her loving family, daughters, Jennifer Miller (Kevin Taylor), Tabitha Miller Zuercher (Richard), Amanda McKissen (Shane), and Nicole Slade (Tyler); her sisters, Kathie McArthur (Craig), Laura Eastman (Forrest), brother Kirk Gakle and brother-in-law Donald Miller. She is also survived by eleven adoring grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Cheri was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John Gakle Jr., her eternal husband Howard Miller, and her grandson Samuel Stratford Sorensen Jr.
The family is devastated to have lost our beloved mother in this needless way and asks everyone to be safe and responsible when o n the roads.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, December 22, 2017 at Dietrich LDS Chapel. Graveside dedication will conclude at Shoshone Cemetery.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Cheri's memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com.