Cheryl Kay Stevenson, age 55

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Cheryl Kay Stevenson, age 55, of Anniston, Alabama passed away unexpectedly on March 20, 2019. Cheryl was born on November 2, 1963 in Poplar, Montana to Margaret and Hugh Stevenson. The Stevenson family moved to Prairie County in 1970 where they lived and worked on a ranch north of Terry. Cheryl, her older sister, Erma, who was still a teenager herself, and her four younger siblings moved from the ranch into Terry in 1975 after the tragic death of her father and brothers, Lynn and Jimmy, in a horrific automobile accident. Cheryl attended all 12 years of school in Terry and graduated from Terry High School in 1982. She was raised by her older sister, Erma, with whom she had a very strong bond. During her high school years, Cheryl also lived with the Hinnalands in Terry and became a part of their family. After graduation, she attended Dawson Community College for a semester and worked in several jobs before moving to Colorado Springs where she met and married her best friend forever, Larry Helminick. On July 3, 1988, their pride and joy, Jayme Helminick, was born and soon afterward, the three of them moved to Korea for a year where Larry was stationed in the US Army. After Korea, they were stationed in Germany and then Fort Knox, Kentucky before returning to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs where Larry retired. Cheryl was a patriotic supporter of her husband’s career through all of their moves and his retirement from the Army in 2003. After retirement, they moved to Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Although they divorced in 2005, they remained close friends for the rest of her life.

Cheryl loved God and she loved her family dearly, especially her son, Jayme, and her grandchildren who knew her as “Nana”.

Although she moved many times to support Larry’s career, shealways found employment at the new location and was known as a very hard worker. She completed her Associates Degree while in Kentucky and worked in various retail and management jobs. One of her favorite jobs was working in the garden department in a home improvement store as she loved working outside, helping people, gardening, and flowers. Cheryl was a caring person and loyal friend. She had many friends and loved to be around people. She was a fun-loving person who loved to laugh and could make others laugh easily. She loved spending time with friends and family, her pets, taking long road trips, enjoying good food, going to car races, reading books, running, and watching football. She was a devoted fan of the Denver Broncos.

Cheryl is survived by her much-loved son, Jayme (Miranda), precious grandsons, Karson Lee and Raylen James, and granddaughter Arizona Paige, and her best friend, Larry Helminick who she affectionately called Lar Bear. She also leaves behind 8 brothers: Hugh (Joan), Ken (Chris Ann), John (Sheila), Randy, Charlie (Julie) Stevenson, Charles (Melinda) Sumner, Keith (Regina) Sumner, and David (Laura) Sumner and 3 sisters: Lori, Pam, and Shirley (Jeff). She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who meant a lot to her as well as many very special friends.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her father, Hugh, her biological mother, Margaret, her very special sister, Erma, who she considered to be her mother, and three brothers, Lynn, Jimmy, and Jerry Stevenson.

Memorials can be made to Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City, Montana, in Cheryl’s memory to help with funeral expenses. Please contact the funeral home at 406-232-4457 for instructions.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Terry from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church in Terry. Interment will follow in the Prairie County Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.

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