Mom’s Obituary

I wrote the Obituary for my Mother last night… it will run in the Statesman Journal tomorrow (April 23rd).

Cheryl Lynn Standish Speer Barclay

June 6, 1957-April 21, 2009

Cheryl fought a long, hard, and courageous battle with ALS which ended while she slept in her childhood home with her family watching over her on April 21, 2009.

She was born to Sally (Jones) and George Standish on June 6, 1957. She married Grant Speer in 1975, they were later divorced and in 1990 she married Michael Barclay, who became her primary caregiver in the last years of her life. Cheryl spent 15 years working in the silicon wafer industry for Siltec-Mitsubishi-Sumco. Her life was devoted to her family and friends, she always had a ready ear and a quiet mouth. She was loving, kind, and generous to all who crossed her path. Even in these last, difficult years of her life, Cheryl displayed patience, grace and love. Cheryl was an avid reader, excellent speller and always knew the answers to the game shows. She was a loving Grandma who will be missed greatly.

Cheryl is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Xandria Jo Speer and Step Brother, Terry Becktold. She is survived by her husband, Michael Barclay; Father and Step Mother, George & Dorene Standish; Mother and Step Father, Sally & Alvin Becktold; Sons, Jeremiah and Tyrel Speer; Daughter and Son In Law, Jon & Jamie Ervin and their four children, Kyler, Kaylee, Kenzie, and Kelsey; Daughters, Eden Speer and Michelle Barclay; Brothers and Sisters in law, Robert & Gina Standish and Gary &Teresa Standish, Step Sisters, Lisa Hynes and Tammy Applewhite; Step Brothers, Rob Koenig, Tracy, and Tim Becktold.

A Celebration of Life and private graveside service will be held at a later date.  Donations can be made in Cheryl’s memory to the ALS Association of Oregon.


About PolkaDotMommy

Wife to a teacher extraordinaire... Mama to Five littles... Conservative Catholic Christian with a Strong Environmentalist Mentality... Respecting Life... Living for our Savior... Learning to trust God in all things.
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3 Responses to Mom’s Obituary

  1. Karen Joy says:


    Lovingly written… It sounds like your mother was a wonderful woman. I can’t imagine losing mine.

    My condolences to you, especially, and to TeenGirl, on losing your precious mother.

  2. Jeremiah Speer says:

    Thank you sis for writting this.

    Mom was the Greatest person and the most loving parent. She is with my daughter now and I know she is happy.

    I love you mom.

  3. Meg says:

    Sounds beautiful. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and I think of you often.
    Luv You!

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