Cheryl Lynn Byrne left us too soon when she passed away from heart failure In Arlington, Virginia on October 25, 2020. She was a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and neighbor.
Cheryl was born to Doris and Gary Byrne in Artesia, New Mexico in 1962. Shortly thereafter the Byrnes returned to Texas where her sister Melanie was born; and then later moved to Durango, Colorado. Cheryl grew up in Durango where her family enjoyed the mountains and camping. Cheryl was an active member of Grandioso Choir at Durango High School and acted in school plays. Cheryl had a beautiful singing voice and sang solos or with family or friends at many weddings and funerals. She graduated from Durango High School in 1981 and later earned her Associates Degree at Fort Lewis College, also in Durango.
Cheryl moved to north Texas in her mid-20s to be near her family, who had moved to Bells. Over the next 20 years she lived in Bells, Savoy, and Sherman. Once in Texas, Cheryl began to work for Cigna Health Insurance as a claims processor and recently completed her 30th year. In early 2009, Cheryl took a special assignment as a subject matter expert to train employees in New Delhi, India and enjoyed living there for two months.
Cheryl met Lisa in 2005 and moved to Springfield, Virginia near Washington, DC where Lisa lives in 2009. Together they adopted two rescue dogs (Toaster and Sammy), and were married in 2018.
Cheryl loved to travel and experience new cultures. In addition to India, she and Lisa traveled to many European countries, Australia and New Zealand; in addition to many places in the United States and Canada. Cheryl was four states short from visiting all 50.
Cheryl was an avid reader – her favorites were the Little House series, Jane Austen, and Gone with the Wind. She was also an excellent writer and entertaining storyteller – she wrote for the Cigna newsletter, blogged from India, and wrote other stories on-line that left her readers in stitches. She enjoyed music, theater, and movies. Cheryl was a huge Linda Ronstadt fan and loved the Wizard of Oz and the Sound of Music, as well as science fiction and fantasy.
Cheryl was a huge Texas Rangers baseball fan, having inherited her fandom from her grandfather. She adopted the Washington Nationals when she moved to Virginia too and enjoyed going to the World Series last year. Cheryl was also loyal to the Dallas Cowboys.
Most of all Cheryl was loved by all who knew her. Funny and generous, she was your friend not long after meeting you. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and dear friends Donna Shubert, Doris Pedigo, and Lori Alley. Cheryl is survived by her wife Lisa Romney and their dogs Toaster and Sammy of Springfield, Virginia; her parents Doris and Gary Byrne of Savoy, Texas; her sister Melanie, brother-in-law David, and nephew Kevin (all also of Savoy); niece Mandy and husband Stephen of Paris, Texas and their children Jesse, Shepherd, and Gracie; mother-in-law Janice Romney of Riverdale, Utah; brother-in-law Jason Romney and his wife Nichole of Pleasant Grove, Utah and their combined children Cassidy, Allyson, Will, Addie, Nick and Emmitt; as well as her best friend Patty Daniel of Denison, Texas, dear friend Dawn Lester of Annandale, Virginia, and scores of friends across the U.S. and Canada.
Graveside Services will be held 11am Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Dixie Cemetery, Whitesboro, Texas. Shepherd David Gaddy will officiate. A visitation will be held 6-8pm Friday, October 30, 2020 at Mullican-Little Funeral Home, Bells, Texas. Due to Covid-19 masks will be required at the funeral home during the visitation. Reasonable social distancing is requested.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to one of Cheryl’s favorite rescues, the Lone Star Dog Ranch & Dog Ranch Rescue in Anna, Texas (https://dogranchrescue.com/). You may use the Contact page to email and let them know the donation is in honor of Cheryl.
kkk“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.” Laura Ingalls Wilder