Cheryl L. Colbert, age 69, died peacefully surrounded by her family on June 10, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer at the St. Cloud Hospital. Her funeral service will be 2:00 pm Friday, June 15, 2018, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. A visitation will be held Thursday, from 4-7:00 pm at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Cheryl was born January 15, 1949 in Bismarck, ND to Archie and June Gamble. Early in her childhood they moved to Saint Louis Park, MN. Post-college, she began her teaching career in Paynesville. She subsequently had a teaching assignment in Mainz, Germany, where she met her husband, Roy. They married July 26, 1976, in Oklahoma City, OK and began their lifelong journey together in Paynesville, MN. Cheryl retired after 42 years of teaching in 2012. It was no secret that Cheryl and Roy loved each other deeply and shared their love with others throughout their lifetime. They were blessed with three daughters Crystal, Kimberlee, and Courtney.
Cheryl applied her gift of music and love of education as a teacher in the Paynesville Area School System and a choir director, pianist, and organist at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Cheryl did all things through unconditional love, solid character and her strong presence. She was a faith-filled example encouraging people to thrive and live the lives they were meant to live. She was passionate about national and international travel and food and was enthusiastic when sharing her adventures with others. The joy of children was reflected throughout her life in her years of teaching and directing children’s choir and Christmas plays at church. Her most recent enjoyment of children was spending precious time with her grandchildren who loved her laughter, cooking, acceptance, and encouragement.
She is preceded in death by her parents Archie and June Gamble. She is survived by her loving husband Roy of Paynesville, MN; three daughters: Crystal (Ron) Brown of Minneapolis, MN, Kimberlee (Sonkarlay) Vaye of Lathrop, CA, and Courtney Colbert of Sauk Rapids, MN; seven grandchildren-the loves of her life- Ronnie, Lynnea, Georgia, Kora, and Yocarra Brown, and Amani and Adrian Vaye. Brothers, Dane (Margaret) Gamble and Gregg (Susan) Gamble; and sisters, Marla Gamble and Gail Dix; along with nieces, nephews, grandnephews, and many more loving relatives and friends. “What a beautiful difference one life can make.”