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Cheri Yvonne (Williams) Howe


Lewis & Gillum Funeral Homes

28 Harding Ave., Jackson, Ohio 45640

(p) 740-286-2010


Cheri Yvonne Williams Howe lived a life filled with love, resilience, and selflessness, leaving behind a legacy of kindness and compassion. Despite facing immense challenges, she exemplified strength and grace, touching the lives of many with her warmth and generosity.


Cheri was born in Nelsonville, Ohio on July 14, 1952, to Bill and Delores Williams, she spent most of her childhood in Shawnee, Ohio, until the family moved to Jackson during her middle school years, where she completed her education at Jackson High School. Her commitment to learning extended to Ohio University, where she pursued a degree in education.  It was during her time at Ohio University that Cheri met her beloved husband, Philip, with whom she shared a deep and enduring bond. Their union on June 4th marked the beginning of a journey filled with both joy and heartache.


The arrival of their first daughter, Courtney Noelle, on December 27, 1977, brought immeasurable happiness to their lives. They welcomed a second daughter, Lacey Elizabeth, who they tragically lost at 11 months old; and later, their son Colin William, who blessed their lives for 3 months and five days before he, too, returned to his eternal home. She often spoke of seeing her heavenly children one day, and how glorious that day would be. After such tragedy of losing two children, when their fourth child, Dylan, was born and she saw his ‘beautiful red hair,’ she knew it was a sign from God that he would be ok.


Through the pain of loss, Cheri found solace in the love of her surviving children, Courtney and Dylan, who became the center of her world. Her dedication to motherhood was unwavering, and her love for her children knew no bounds.


While her early years were devoted to raising her family, Cheri later embarked on a career as a preschool teacher and advocate for developmentally disabled children. Her nurturing spirit and genuine compassion touched the hearts of countless individuals, leaving a lasting impact on all those she encountered. She had a soft spot for her students; she stayed in touch with most of them and was always proud of their accomplishments.

In her most recent years, Cheri proudly wore the badge of ‘Memaw’ to her two beloved grandchildren, Abram and Alaina. She was a beacon of warmth and affection, making both children feel like the center of her universe. Her unwavering love and devotion knew no bounds, and she spoiled her grandkids with endless affection, homemade treats, and cherished memories.


Cheri lived a life filled with compassion and generosity. She touched the lives of countless people with her gentle spirit and nurturing nature. Whether she was baking cookies, sharing stories, or simply offering a comforting hug, Cheri had a special way of making everyone feel loved and valued. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

Cheri's faith was an integral part of her life, as evidenced by her active involvement in Calvary United Methodist Church and Elevate Ministries. Her commitment to serving others extended beyond the walls of her church, as she volunteered her time to support those in need, even while battling her own illness. Cheri’s faith was exemplified every day. She wore a mustard seed pendant to her cancer treatments, and although her prognosis was for only one year, she bravely fought and fiercely lived for nearly 5 years, always stating that her grandbabies were her ‘best medicine.’


Throughout her life, Cheri's infectious laughter and radiant smile illuminated the lives of those around her. She was the kind of friend that laughed when you laughed and cried when you cried. She was the mother-in-law that treated you like her own daughter. Her selflessness, kindness, and unwavering compassion were a source of inspiration to all who knew her, earning her the love and admiration of many.


Cheri’s dedication to serving others is exemplified by her 35 years of active volunteerism and board membership with the American Cancer Society. Her commitment to the fight against cancer was unparalleled, and she poured her heart and soul into making a difference in the lives of those affected by this disease. For 35 years, she passionately designed and decorated trees for the Annual Festival of Trees, bringing joy and hope to countless individuals during the holiday season.  In addition to her remarkable work with the American Cancer Society, Cheri served as the Co-Chairman of the Annual American Cancer Society tea for 30 years, where her warmth and compassion touched the lives of many. Her dedication to this cause was not only a testament to her caring nature but also a reflection of her tireless efforts to support those in need.  She was also a proud member of the Class of 1970 and an active participant in the Jackson Ironmen Alumni Association. She cherished the bonds forged during her school years and remained deeply connected to her alma mater throughout her life.


Cheri is survived by her mother, Delores (Harris) Williams; husband, Philip Howe; daughter, Courtney Howe (Brian Leve); son, Dylan Howe (Courtney); sister, Jill (Brian) Davis; brother, Dain (Jackie) Williams; grandchildren, Abram and Alaina, and two grandbabies in heaven; special nieces and nephews, Morgan (Misty) Williams, Bryn (Mandy) Williams, Brandon (Genevieve) Davis, Katy (Jim) Jones, Amelia (Cody) Roseberry and many special great nieces and nephews.


She is preceded in death by her father, William (Bill) Williams, daughter, Lacey Elizabeth, and son, Colin William.


Visitation will be held Friday, March 15, 2024, from 4-8 at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home in Jackson.  Another visitation will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 11-1 at the Calvary Church on Chillicothe Pike in Jackson.  Funeral services will follow at 1:00 PM at the Calvary church with Pastor Russ Strange officiating.  Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent to






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