Cheri Lynn Foreman was born April 16, 1964 in Los Angeles, CA. Cheri was adopted by Allen & Geraldine York. Cheri went to various aural schools in her early years: 1968-1969 for Roosevelt preschool in Norwalk, CA. 1969-1970 for kindergarten at Jersey Elementary School in Santa Fe Springs, CA, 1970-1975 for 1st through 5th grades at Fairford Elementary in Norwalk, CA. During middle school, Cheri went to California School for the Deaf in Riverside, CA (CSDR) for a few years before pursuing her graduation in 1983 from Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove, CA.
Afterward, Cheri headed East to pursue her dreams at Gallaudet University, majoring in general academics. Although unfortunate circumstances meant she couldn't complete her studies there, she made her mark back in California, working diligently at the US Post Office in Fresno for several years.
One day Cheri learned through a friend that Texas offered a better living environment so she decided moved there for a new life. Cheri attended Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Abilene to earn a diploma in Health Information Technology (HITT), emphasis in medical coding. She worked for a Texas Sport & Spine clinic and loved it there. But unfortunately, there was a family emergency issue that made her immediately move to Austin to be with all of her three children.
Cheri fondly love the handmade projects through her mother (Geraldine) that they did together in her childhood time. Cheri became very skilled with her hands! Crafted so many old vintage furniture and flip flopped them to look like new! Sold many beautiful handmade craft project items from scratch via online at https://www.pinterest.com/chashawk/doubletreelane/. Please note that all of her project items are currently unavailable for sale. A super whiz with the curb hunting projects. Always find many things from the curb to convert them into reusable. Cheri definitely saved the landfills many times over!
Cheri eventually worked at the Ft Hood military base in Killeen at the cafeteria food service, feeding to over 1, 000 Army soldiers on daily basis. Not until she was diagnosed with triple negative inflammatory breast cancer (TBINC) in 2020, she had to quit work to take care of her health well being. But just few months before she was diagnosed with it, she met the love of her life, Harry Gibbens, Jr. who was her sweetheart briefly back in Summer 1983. Then 35 years later, a rekindle occurred for a 2nd chance in 2018. Cheri was very fortunately to have him around her to go through many phases until it was time for her to go home after the long battle with cancer.
Cheri loved doing the genealogy work in her family tree She and her sweetheart were traveling to Idaho to visit her biological father (Ronny Laird) but already missed by a year because of the assisted living care center failed to respond to her couple of slow mail greeting cards. She went to the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, UT to do more researches with the help from a group of deaf genealogists. One of them was "W David Samuelsen" (Facebook). A special thanks for his super job for accelerating to find her family lineages much quicker than the blink of an eye! She was so amazed to learn of how many family lineages she had and it was a fun trip together with her sweetheart!
Cheri is survived by her sweetheart, Harry Gibbens, Jr. of Provo, UT, her three children: John Hawkins of Cedar Park, TX, Chayah (Elvin) Tubillara of Austin, TX, Kim Hawkins of Cedar Park, TX, her granddaughter (Hazel), her sister Kelly Gibson of Merced, CA, and her long time loyal pet companion Basenji/Pit Bull cross breed mix dog - Ada.
Cheri will be buried with her sweetheart's family at the "GIBBENS Family" block in Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Online public condolences is available at https://obituaries.forestlawn.com/obituaries/cheri-hawkins. Zoom will be available during the graveside service on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 1:00 PM. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/95976031836
Meeting ID: 959 7603 1836 Passcode: 3Q1maF Duration: 5 hours (1 hr for talk, 4 hrs for witnessing both coffin lowering into the ground and cover dirt/sod).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you take someone that you love to lunch or dinner and remind them that you love and forgive them. Sympathy cards are welcome and send to:
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