|Birth: ||Nov. 21, 1947|
|Death: ||Sep. 10, 2005|
Cheryl Harden was a dedicated woman, a doting mother and grandmother, and an active Christian. She worked hard in life and made the best of every situation. She was energetic, loving, and caring of others. Her great outlook on life was evident to all around her.
Cheryl was born at a time when America was recovering from World War II. Men were returning home to rejoin the work force, making for a prosperous economy. Many women continued in the workplace, having gained skills and independence that would shape the next generation. Television was becoming more available to the public, and a digital computer, weighing 30 tons and standing two stories high, was first built. With all these changes came one more for the Ralph H. and Betty Ruth (Marcum) Slaughter family of Indianapolis, Indiana. Their lovely daughter, Cheryl, was born on November 21, 1947, just nine months and 15 days after they were married. Cheryl was the oldest of seven children.
Being sixteen years older than the youngest children, Cheryl was the consummate big sister. She helped her siblings with many projects, encouraging and prodding them "like a mother hen". Caring for others was her nature, but Cheryl also worked hard to accomplish tasks in her own right. She enjoyed school and was an excellent student, often being placed in accelerated programs. For a time, she was involved in cheerleading and took up the traditional crafts of sewing and cooking that many girls learned growing up. Cheryl attended grade school in Perry Township and graduated from Southport High School. She would attend college at different times of her life, but after high school Cheryl went to work for Indiana Bell Telephone Company for the next five years. It was her boss who encouraged her to continue her education while working. This supportive environment was made all the more pleasant when Cheryl met and married a fellow worker. After nine years, their daughter Raylene was born, but the marriage did not last. Following her divorce, Cheryl moved to Sunrise, Florida in Broward County to begin a new life.
When she went to Florida, Cheryl worked in various positions in the hotel industry. Cheryl was a very hard worker and always stayed busy. She was willing to go beyond what was expected of her, and her work ethic did not go unnoticed. She may have started as a waitress, but Cheryl worked her way up to personnel manager.
During this time, her life took on added joy when Cheryl married again and was blessed with three wonderful children: Joan, Ezekiel, and Sarah. She was totally devoted to them and they knew it. The meals Cheryl prepared were superb; she never met a recipe she couldn't master. Oddly enough, this fantastic cook had a personal favorite that consisted of bread, mayonnaise, onion, and black pepper! Cheryl also liked to travel, especially out west. Though she went to Hawaii once, she enjoyed the mountains and wide open space of Colorado and Arizona best. Still, her favorite place on earth was anywhere her family was.
When grandchildren were born into her family, Cheryl thrilled to dote over them like she had done with her own children. Grandkids Paris, Tony, and Mackenzie were her pride and joy. They could enjoy what she enjoyed, including listening to music (though nothing she performed). She taught them to cook, clean, and take care of things around the house. She introduced them to the joy of gardening and love of animals. Paris, in particular, loves gardening; she even took off her shoes before entering the garden- as grandma taught. Cheryl had a way with animals, and from her childhood days of being around her grandparents' horses, Cheryl especially admired these noble creatures. But she never overlooked house pets either. When she had coffee at her sister Joanna's, Cheryl also considered this coffee time with Joanna's dog, Sam. Yes, Sam was served coffee as well.
In 2000, Cheryl relocated back to Indiana and began working for Verizon over the next four years. Working in customer service, Cheryl was a problem solver and a person of action. She was whole-heartedly devoted to others, often giving 110 percent of herself. Because she was so caring of others, Cheryl could not see anyone in need without doing something about it. This is understandable since Cheryl loved Jesus who lived sacrificially for others. Throughout her life-with its hardships as well as joys-Cheryl always came back to her faith. Having received water baptism when she was ten years old (October 31, 1957), Cheryl experienced baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1965. Her faith and spirituality were of such importance to her that they would sustain her in her fight with breast cancer. Out of gratitude for her life of faith, Cheryl contributed to her church, Southwood Assembly of God. She was especially drawn to people involved in mission work, particularly efforts that benefited children. True to her character, Cheryl cared for those in need.
Cheryl Harden lived vigorously throughout her life, including the time her cancer was in remission. Its recent recurrence could not quench her spirit nor the legacy of life she leaves to her adoring family who will miss her deeply.
Ralph Harold Slaughter (1920 - 1975)
II Timothy 4:7 (I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith)
Washington Park East Cemetery
Created by: Joshua Dykes
Record added: Jun 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27561855