Cheryl Lynn Patton |

Cheryl Lynn Patton

Cheryl Lynn Patton, 50, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 21, with her husband by her side.

Cheryl was born to Betty and Ernest Hedgecoth on Sept. 30, 1963, in San Diego. Her father, Ernest, passed away when she was very young and her mother got remarried to Bobby Cook. He took Cheryl as his own child and did a wonderful job helping to raise her.

She married Wade Patton, who became her best friend and love on April 16, 1994. They had one child, Caitlynn Grayson Patton, who is her miracle. Her previous illness should have left her unable to have any more children. She also has a son, Bryan Gene Patton, who resides in San Diego.

She had many different careers during her life but was truly best at being a vibrant, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. Cheryl was always a fighter and proved this in her stubborn determination to beat her illness into submission four previous times through her life.

She was loved by all who knew her for her smile, kindness and friendship. Cheryl was a lover of animals and her flip flops. She had a gift for making friends out of complete strangers and is surrounded by a multitude of people that started out as her friends but soon became precious extended family to her. She had also developed a passion for exploring this beautiful area and was always ready to load up the dogs and go for a drive to explore something new.

She is survived by her mom, Betty; husband, Wade; children Bryan and Caitlynn; brothers Bruce, Bryan and Ernie; sisters Beverly and Patricia; brother- and sisters-in-law, many, many other family members, and her newest pride and joy, her grandson “Baby Bryan.”

Services for Cheryl will be held Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Fellowship of the Rockies church in Rifle, Colorado, 1224 Railroad Ave.

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