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Cheryl Kay (Motley) Miller

September 1, 2022

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DALTON CITY – Cheryl Kay (Motley) Miller, 77, of Dalton City died peacefully at 8:02 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Cheryl was born Jan. 24, 1945, in Paris, a daughter of Oscar H. and Catherine (Lippincott) Motley of Hindsboro. She married Edwin D. Miller on July 28, 1963; he survives.

Also surviving are son Rick (Lorie) Miller of Lovington and their children Devon and Maryiah; son Craig (Julie) Miller of Arthur and their daughter Hannah and grandson Blythe; son Scott (Christine) Miller of San Diego, Calif., and their children Bonnie, Scott and Julie; and daughter Kayla Miller of Redding, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Pick Motley and Jack Motley; and sister Aleen Ramsey.

Cheryl was baptized on Easter Sunday 1959 in the Hindsboro Christian Church, laying the foundation for the strong faith that remained with her throughout her life.

Two months after graduating from Oakland High School in 1963, Cheryl married Ed in the Hindsboro Christian Church. They celebrated 59 years of marriage this past July.

Cheryl worked several years at Hight State Bank in Dalton City. Since 1992, she and Ed worked together in Ed’s Cushman Shop. Through their business, she met people from all over the country who became not only loyal customers, but also friends.

Cheryl was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother whose goal was to guide her children to grow up to be independent, have a strong work ethic, and be good people who always strived to do their best. She taught them that life wasn’t fair, but they had to make the best of it and be content with what they had.

She was a kind, generous person who supported her friends and family through both good and bad times, including during her son Craig’s battles with cirrohsis and cancer.

She cherished her friendships, especially the lifelong relationships she shared with dear companions from her childhood.

Cheryl was an active member of the Mt. Zion Christian Church. She was also a volunteer for 4-H and the Mid-America Cushman Club.

She loved reading, following Illini basketball, and watching “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” with Ed daily.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Her ashes will be interred at Bourbon Cemetery in rural Douglas County.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Marrowbone Public Library in Bethany.