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Cheryl Lee (Payne) Hunley, age 55, of Perry, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020. She was born on August 23, 1964, in Traverse City to Dennis and Judy (Patrick) Payne. She worked as a secretary at Michigan State University for over 30 years. Cheryl is survived by her daughter, Carol Szalla.

Per her wishes cremation has taken place.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Ginger (Payne) DeLong on March 18, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    I am saddened to learn of my sister’s passing. She also left behind a niece and nephew, several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She will be missed dearly. When she was younger, she like tap dancing. I know that Cheryl like to knit and make beautiful afghans.


  2. Sheila Patrick on March 18, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Cheryl was a hard working, determined woman. She fought her illness for several years. I was truly amazed at her perseverance under her challenging circumstances. She was a dedicated, single mother working tirelessly to provide for her family. Cheryl’s beautiful smile and determination will be sorely missed. Sending kind thoughts to her daughter Carol, her mother Judy, sister Ginger and all the nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles who loved her dearly
    God Bless you Cheryl,
    Aunt Sheila

  3. Kim Patrick on March 18, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Cheryl’s passing this week. She was a granddaughter to Curtis & Irene Patrick of Mancelona, Michigan; and one of almost twenty first cousins. Some of my fondest memories of Cheryl were spending holidays, breaks and summers with us cousins. Family meant everything to Cheryl. Rest assure that you could count on her for Patrick family reunions, birthdays, and other family gatherings. I will always remember Cheryl as a kind soul who openly shared her loving heart. RIP Cheryl

  4. Ron Smith on March 18, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Saddened by the news of Cheryl’s passing. A kind and selfless gentle soul. I will miss you cousin.

  5. Anne Patrick on March 19, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I will miss Cheryl a great deal. She was a wonderful person whose life has touched others wherever she went. Bless her. Her aunt, Anne Patrick.

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