Cheryl Dianne Ballenger

CLINTON — Cheryl Dianne Ballenger, 60, of Clinton, passed away peacefully at 9:25 p.m. on April 6, 2018, at her family home in Clinton, after an extended illness.

Private, graveside services will be conducted on Thursday at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, with deacon Scott Whitehouse officiating.  There will not be a visitation.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Cheryl Dianne Ballenger memorial fund, c/o DeWitt Savings Bank, Clinton.

Cheryl was born on April 28, 1957, in Aurora, Ill., the daughter of Charles and Patricia Sears.  She married David Lee Ballenger on October 25, 1975, in Clinton.  He passed away on June 7, 2014.

Survivors include her sons, Brian (Ashley) Ballenger, Pottboro, Texas, and Michael Ballenger, Clinton; four grandchildren, Breanna, Abbigale, Bryce and Makenna; three siblings, Chuck (Claudia) Sears, Texarkana, Texas; Jeannie Lawson, Clinton, and Patricia Sims (Mike Glass), Denison, Texas; and eight nieces and nephews.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Cheryl started her own business at age 15 and had fond memories of the Cinnamon Dots baton twirlers.  Later, she worked in restaurant management development.

Cheryl continued to live life to the fullest, even after her cancer diagnosis.  Some of her favorite memories included vacations to Texas, Florida and a sibling Las Vegas vacation.  Her greatest regret was that she would miss watching her grandchildren grow and being part of their future milestones.

Cheryl will be missed greatly by those she leaves behind, and the family has suffered an incredible loss.

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