Cheryl Lynn Burt
Cheryl Lynn Burt died suddenly on September 11, 2015, in Grand Junction, Colorado. She was born on September 7, 1950, in Amarillo, Texas.
Her family moved to Calhan, Colorado, where her father established War Bonnet Ranches, an Appaloosa horse and Angus cattle ranch. Cheryl was a skilled equestrian winning Rodeo royalty and barrel racing competition. Cheryl’s family moved to Buena Vista, Colorado, in 1965 where she graduated from Buena Vista High School in 1968 after which she received her Associates in Arts from Colorado Mountain College in Leadville. She went on to study Sociology / Psychology at Western State, Gunnison from 1971- 1972 and studied law from LaSalle Extension University, Chicago, Ill (1973-1974).
Cheryl had many interests and was a lifelong learner. She had many accomplishments throughout her life, including alternate municipal judge, peace officer, and dispatcher. Her most rewarding accomplishment was becoming an EMT in 1978 and later a firefighter in 1994 for which she remained until an accident forced her to retire in 2000.
She was active within the community and had been working enthusiastically with the Glenwood Springs Lion’s Club in a Leadership position at the time of her passing.
She embraced family and community and was a mother and grandmother to family and non-family alike. Pets were always a part of her family circle that included every type of animal from a rodeo horse to humane society dogs. She was quick to laugh and loved to have fun. Cheryl enjoyed reading, movies, games and theatre. She was a lover of music and was always singing and dancing. She sang in the band Rocking Horse with her partner Michael Smith.
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Cheryl had recently retired, August, 2015 from many years at Valley View Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents, John H. Burt and Colleen Burt and her step-mother Claryce Burt.
Cheryl is survived by son Matt Mollenkamp and wife Geni of Rifle, Colorado, son DJ Mollenkamp and wife Raquel of Grand Junction, Colorado, her brother Lon Kersting and wife Julie of Buena Vista, CO, sister Ronda Ryan and her husband John of Sarasota, Florida, her longtime partner Michael Smith of Silt, Colorado, 6 grandchildren, Gage and Jaidyn Mollenkamp of Rifle and Taylor Mollenkamp of Grand Junction and Kaycee, Rory, and Courtney Mollenkamp of Fruita.
A memorial service will be held on September 26, 2015, at the Rifle Fire Station 41 at 4:00 pm. For more information visit http://www.brownscremationservice.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Glenwood Springs Lion’s Club in her name.
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