Wanda Christine (Truby) Cheatwood was born on February 12, 1954, in Edmond and passed away Sunday, October 4, 2020, in Edmond, Oklahoma at the age of 66.
Christine was the daughter of David Alfred Truby and Catherine Bridget Ely. She graduated from Edmond High School and later, married Garlin Dale Cheatwood on December 12, 1975, in Oklahoma City. They were married for 46 years and had three children. Christine is survived by her husband, Dale and her children, Jeremy Dale Cheatwood, and his daughter Erica, his son, Laramie William Cheatwood and his girlfriend, Lisa, and Rachel Amanda Cheatwood, and two sisters, Connie and Daisy Marie.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Dollie Kathleen.
Christine worked at the Edmond Sun in the production department for 20 years. The Edmond Sun closed its doors on May 4, 2020 due the Covid virus. The hometown favorite publication was purchased by a Norman newspaper group.
Christine was involved with the Edmond Quilting Group for numerous years. The group included Melanie Echman, Linda Washburn, and Rebecca Young. One of her first quilts was made up of red and black lady bugs for her first granddaughter, Erika Cheatwood, daughter of Jeremy Cheatwood. Christine was an avid reader and often was found with Sherry Moritz and Chris Petty and others discussing their favorite books or something new just off the press. She served many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One of those offices was the Relief Society Secretary under President Rebecca Sutter. She also served many years with the nursery, with children from 18 months to three years. She enjoyed telling them bible stories and teaching them songs such as: The Wheels on the Bus, How to go on a Bear Hunt and I am a Child of God.
Christine was a very faithful ministering sister, serving with Hiromi Hood for something like 28 years. She worked in the church library, both in the Guthrie Building and in the Edmond Building for many years. She helped run worksheets for teachers and located pictures, scriptures, markers, colors, pencils, and other resources to go with stories needed by the teachers. For the past year, Christine has been working with Elisabeth Anderson on family history and has collected numerous stories, photos and records of her family, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great- grandparents and cousins. She discovered that she and her friend, VaLeta MaGehee, had common ancestors and were quick to claim they were devout cousins. Christine found that she had many ancestors that had served in the Revolutionary War and that her father had served in the Navy. Her greatest find, in her family history search, was a photo of her great-great-grandfather. When she took the photo out at home and was studying it, she discovered that her son, Laramie, was the amazing duplicate image of his great-great-great grandfather.
Christine had many friends who shared her interest in reading, family history, ministering, serving in her church and a great love for life and her pets. Her latest interests were in babysitting for Rachel, her favorite pets and she loved spending time with her family. She loved to tease Dale that he was not working. She said he was just getting to sit around at his job and would often call him to check on him or to just hear his voice on the phone. She worried when he went hunting in the fall every year, but secretly loved getting to know that she could curl up with a new book and a sandwich without having to make dinner for anyone.
Christine will be greatly missed by her family and friends from many walks of life.
Viewing will be at Community Funeral Home, in Memory Gardens Memorial Park, 1624 N. Pine, Tuesday, October 6, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. and Wednesday, October 7, 9:00 am to 10:00 am. A graveside service will follow the viewing on Wednesday, October 7, at 11:00 am.
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