Cheryl Johnson Evenson, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021 with her husband and children, standing at her bedside. They held her hand and spoke words of love as she peacefully took her last breath. Cheryl was 72 years old.
Cheryl lived a fulfilling and happy life, though it ended too soon. She had a great love and devotion for her family. While lying in the hospital bed knowing her life was ending, Cheryl sipped on her usual Diet Cherry Coke and laughed and cried with her grandchildren and family via Facetime as Covid Protocols limited the number of in person visits. Her husband and children were with her every day and cherished every moment with her. She was happy and smiling and just as she did throughout her life, her thoughts were focused on the well being of others as she pleaded with so many to promise her that they would make sure her family and children would be taken care of.
Cheryl was born on April 13, 1948, in Tooele, Utah, to William Phyll Johnson and Melva Fjeldsted Johnson. Cheryl attended Brigham Young University, where she met her husband. She married her eternal sweetheart, Christopher Woolley Evenson on September 5, 1969 in the Salt Lake Temple, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They celebrated their 51st Anniversary last year. Cheryl was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings in the church. She had a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was faithful to the end.
From a young age Cheryl participated in 4-H and activities in her community. Cheryl enjoyed swimming and was on the Tooele Synchronized Swim Team. In her senior year of high school she was presented the Betty Crocker award for the most outstanding student in home economics, which included cooking and sewing. She has always been a great cook, and has often helped her family with canning and making strawberry preserves. There are very few things that Cheryl couldn’t cook and cook well, but one of the most memorable is her talent for making the very best Aebleskivers and Thanksgiving stuffing.
Cheryl loved adventures and traveled to many places. One place she never made it to was Rome, Italy. She always wanted to go to Rome, and in a last minute request, promised to sneak out of heaven for one last adventure if her family would take a trip to Rome on her behalf. Cheryl was also an avid Utah Jazz fan and loved to watch Jazz games on TV.
Cheryl’s greatest gift was her unconditional love and desire to be with her family and grandchildren. Whether they lived 10 miles away, 50 miles away, or in a different state, Cheryl supported her grandchildren with a fierce devotion and managed to attend everything from school plays and programs, to dances and sporting events…you name it, if one of her grandchildren was there, Cheryl wasn’t missing it. Cheryl made holidays and birthdays special for everyone and searched high and low to find the perfect gift.
She is survived by her husband (Chris), her four children Christy (Todd), Marci (Dave), Kim (Craig) and Nic; 14 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild on the way; and her sister, Phyllis Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11 AM in the Canterbury Chapel, 6722 West 10400 North, Highland. A viewing will be held Friday from 6-8 PM at Anderson & Sons Lone Peak Chapel, 6141 West 11000 North, Highland and Saturday from 9:45-10:45 AM at the church prior to the services. Please see the SignUp Genius links below to schedule a time to attend the viewings. Please leave a memory on her tribute wall. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery.
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