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 Michala Jo “Kayla” Cheek

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Michala Jo “Kayla” Cheek

  • Birth 1 May 1992 York, York County, Nebraska, USA
  • Death 25 Jun 2005 Sutherland, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA
  • Burial Wallace, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA
  • Memorial ID 22201618

Michala Jo "Kayla" Cheek drowned while swimming in the Sutherland Cooling Reservoir near Sutherland Nebraska. She was the first child of Kathleen Cheek and the older of four siblings. She was the special daughter of Gary Becker who took her as his own child when he married Kayla's mother Kathy on Kayla's first birthday.

Kayla had a stormy personality. She could be laughing one minute and pouting the next. She loved to talk, and would talk to just about anyone she met. She loved to play with her brothers and sister. She had many friends and enjoyed spending time with them.

Michala most of all loved horses and everything about them. Though she never owned a real horse, her collection of horse figurines and horsey stuff was her favorite thing in the world. She loved the movie Black Beauty. We watched it often together. Whenever she was riding in the car with me, she would point out the horses and tell me what kind they were and any history she knew about them.

Michala also loved music and loved to sing. She got this from her mother, who has a great voice and a love of music too. I don't know how we will ever get along without her. Yet we must. Her death was tragic. Her brother and her mother valiantly tried to save her. Kayla and her siblings got too far out into a reservoir. The loss is tremendous, but we are thankful that Kayla was with us for thirteen years. She was a special girl who is still very much loved and very much missed.



  • Created by: Vicky Wiemer Tracy
  • Added: 14 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22201618
  • Vicky Wiemer Tracy
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michala Jo “Kayla” Cheek (1 May 1992–25 Jun 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22201618, citing Morning View Cemetery, Wallace, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Vicky Wiemer Tracy (contributor 46944421) .