GIL­LIS, Ch­eryl Mar­garet

Bad­deck, Nova Sco­tia

The Victoria Standard - - Obituaries -

It is with deep­est sor­row that we an­nounce the pass­ing of Ch­eryl Mar­garet Gil­lis, 56, of Why­co­co­magh, Cape Bre­ton, in the Hal­i­fax In­fir­mary, QEII on Dec. 7, 2018. She was sur­rounded by her large and lov­ing fam­ily. Born in Bad­deck, Ch­eryl was a daugh­ter of Anna (Bee­son) Gil­lis and the late Mur­dock "Muckie" Gil­lis. Fiercely de­ter­mined, Ch­eryl was the long­est sur­viv­ing re­cip­i­ent of a trial heart valve re­place­ment from the Mayo Clinic in Minn., USA. While we would have gladly ac­cepted more time to­gether, we are grate­ful for the many mem­ory filled years we had with her. Ch­eryl grad­u­ated from Why­co­co­magh Con­sol­i­dated School in 1981 and com­pleted a Com­mer­cial Busi­ness Pro­gram at Mabou Con­sol­i­dated in 1982. Ch­eryl then at­tended the Univer­sity Col­lege of Cape Bre­ton and re­ceived a Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­gree in 1986. After grad­u­at­ing, Ch­eryl had a va­ri­ety of work ex­pe­ri­ences, and in 1996, she be­gan her 21 years of em­ploy­ment with Canada Post. Dur­ing her years at the Post Of­fice, each Christ­mas Ch­eryl be­came Santa's most valu­able elf, help­ing him to re­spond to the many let­ters that he re­ceived from chil­dren. With her sharp mem­ory and wit, each care­fully crafted let­ter was it­self, a spe­cial gift. Ch­eryl was pas­sion­ate about her fam­ily, in par­tic­u­lar her nieces and neph­ews, for whom she was a "sec­ond Mom". She was proud of their ac­com­plish­ments and loy­ally sup­ported their dreams and ad­ven­tures. Her love for her young grand-nieces and grand-neph­ews brought re­newed joy and amuse­ment to her life. Ch­eryl loved to travel to visit fam­ily and friends. She also cher­ished at­tend­ing the many fam­ily gath­er­ings that were held. Noth­ing brought out the com­pet­i­tive spirit in Ch­eryl more than a good card game and she was es­pe­cially pleased if she won. With a stead­fast com­mit­ment to her com­mu­nity's growth and de­vel­op­ment, Ch­eryl de­voted count­less hours to the Ste­wart United Church and UCW, The Brown­ies Pro­gram, the Why­co­co­magh Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, Sum­mer Fes­ti­val Ac­tiv­i­ties, Christ­mas in the Vil­lage, and East­ern Star. She was also a ded­i­cated sup­porter of the IWK, con­tin­u­ously knit­ting fin­ger pup­pets, hats, blan­kets and teddy bears for sick chil­dren. The ex­pres­sion "good things come in small pack­ages" was proven true with Ch­eryl. Her own ex­pe­ri­ences, and the ob­sta­cles that she over­came, ig­nited her love and em­pa­thy for chil­dren, the el­derly or any­one who was strug­gling. Ch­eryl is sur­vived by her mother, Anna Gil­lis; broth­ers, Kevin (San­dra), Dar­rell (Irene), Craig (Terry), Barry (Chrissie); sis­ters, Jess­lyn (Michael), Mar­ion (Lorne). She is also sur­vived by nieces, Tamzin (Ryan), Meghan (Jill) and An­nie; neph­ews, Devon (Anna), Ja­son, Adam (Nicole), Jor­dan, Kin­non, Riley; grand­nieces, Ade­laide and Mon­roe; and grand­nephews, Archer, Alec and Wil­liam. Ch­eryl was pre­de­ceased by her fa­ther and nu­mer­ous lov­ing aunts and un­cles. A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at Ste­wart United Church, Why­co­co­magh, on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ali­cia Cox of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial to fol­low in Ste­wart­dale Ceme­tery. Fam­ily flow­ers only please. Do­na­tions in Ch­eryl's mem­ory may be made to the Why­co­co­magh Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment Ladies Aux­il­iary, Ste­wart United Church, or the char­ity of your choice. Words of com­fort may be for­warded to the fam­ily at: www.haver­stocks.com "God has blessed us by hav­ing you in our lives, Ch­eryl. You will not be for­got­ten."

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