Cheryl Lynn Swayze (Barnes), 68, of Everett, Washington, died at home of Cortico Basal Degeneration on Oct. 20, 2023.
She was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1955 to Richard and Maurene Barnes. After attending the Seattle World Fair, her parents moved to Seattle and Cheryl began school in the Latona neighborhood, attended junior high in Lake City and high school at Woodway in Edmonds. After a few years of eastern Washington life, Cheryl returned to Lake Washington Technical, completing the bookkeeping program with flying colors.
Cheryl then moved to the Methow Valley and after some time with the U.S. Forest Service went to work at Bear Creek Lumber. In 1988 she met her future husband, James Swayze, while skiing near Cutthroat Pass. After their marriage she moved to Seattle with Jim and lived in the Greenwood area until her retirement from American Seafoods. She then moved with Jim to Everett so she could be closer to her family.
She enjoyed walking the area with its fine mountain views and decorating the house with art. Three years laster she was diagnosed with the neurological condition that resulted in her death two years later.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Jim, mother and father Maurene and Dick, sister Linda Butler and husband John and daughters Tara and Lauren, brothers Mike and wife Donna, Rick and wife Laura, and David and daughters Natalie and Lindsey.
She was a kind woman with a wonderful smile that will be sorely missed. A memorial will be held at a later time.