Born: December 2, 1943 - Deceased: June 14, 2022
Cheryl Lee Wilson, nee Holt, 78, of Belleville, IL, born Thursday, December 2, 1943, in East Saint Louis, IL, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at St. Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis, MO.
Cheryl was the light of our lives. She was funny, silly and if you were her friend, you had a friend for life. She never forgot your birthday, anniversary or a special event. She was a mother or grandmother to every child she met. Cheryl loved her family but especially her fur baby Libby. Libby comforted Cheryl like no one else could.
Cheryl followed her husband during and after his US Air Force career to Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado and organized a new home everywhere she lived. She was an artist and painted beautiful pictures. She was an avid gardener who could grow anything. Cheryl started her working life as a clerk for the New York Central RR. She then became a graphics artist at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL and then became the membership director for the Shrine’s retirement community. During her stay in Texas she earned an LPN. She then worked in doctor’s offices in Texas, Louisiana, and Belleville. During her stay in Colorado she was an active Red Hat Lady.
In her life Cheryl was able to visit England for the Chelsea Flower Show, see Stonehenge and ride the big London Ferris Wheel. That was a highlight of her life. She also got to spend a month in Korea with her husband and visit Hawaii. Not a bad life for an East St Louis girl from St Theresa Academy.
We will celebrate the time we had with Cheryl and we know she is in a better place now, where pain is not an issue. Much love to our Cheryl, you will be missed.
She was preceded in death by her:
- Parents: Leonard W. and Cherie, nee Toussaint, Holt
- Brother: Michael Holt
Surviving are her:
- Husband: Major David Wilson, USAF Ret of Belleville, IL
- Robert “Bobby”(Judy) Hutchinson of New Athens, IL
- Edith “Edie” (Michael) Brady of Belleville, IL
- William (Julie) Wilson of California City, CA
- Sister: Kathy (Richard) AuBuchon of Port Orange, FL
- Jenny Thompson (Jason) Smith
- Samantha “Sam” Hutchinson
- Melissa Snow
- Austin (Taylor) Wilson
- 5 great grandchildren
- Cassidy, River and Tanner Smith
- Olivia Brady
- Ayden Eftink
- 3 nieces
- Kathleen Spencer AuBuchon (Vicky Wilkey)
- Karrie AuBuchon (Mike Kury)
- Rhonda Teggin (Michael)
- Much loved by many great nieces and nephews.
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snow.
Services: Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL. with a religious service at 2:00pm.