Originally published Monday, December 17, 2018 at 06:45p.m.

Cheryl Jean Schulz (68) of Chino Valley, Arizona, passed away on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, peacefully at her home surrounded by family. She was born on Oct. 5, 1950, in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Hotel Dewy. Her Southern Italian roots were then planted in Southern California, where she spent her Catholic youth as a beach-loving, Fish-and-Chips-eating pier girl. With adventure in her heart and creative passion in her soul, she made her third and final transplant. Now as a woman, wife and mother, she moved her family to the beautiful open skies of Chino Valley, Arizona, where she raised her children and lived out all of her days. Our mother loved birds and trees, and if you were to look at her branches closely, you would see that she was a mother of six grown children and a grandmother of 10. A friend to all animals, a loyal doggie mom, devoted chicken caretaker, an enthusiastic bus driver who always had a special treat. A life partner and best friend, an aunt, a sister, a gardener and grower of life. Cheryl was also an Activities Director for the elderly and children. Cheryl brought joy and fun to those around her as well as being a woman to be reckoned with. She was always a friend to people no one would ever expect. For us that must live without her, we will always call her beautiful and missed. At her request no formal services will be held. It was her wish that all of her “Birds” (Loved Ones) fly away and remember her life. Cheryl’s ashes will be placed under her Tree of Life in the Chino Valley Cemetery.

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