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Cheryl Ann (Rice) Gallagher


Lewis & Gillum Funeral Homes

28 Harding Ave., Jackson, Ohio 45640

(p) 740-286-2010

Cheryl Ann “Mama” “Sparky” (Rice) Gallagher, age 74, of Jackson, passed away after battling with cancer surrounded by lots of her family, nieces, nephews and friends. She was born September 20, 1948, in Wellston, Ohio to the late Charles and Helen (Loudermilk) Rice.

She is survived by her husband of almost 55 years George Thomas “Moose” Gallagher; children, Chad (Amanda) Gallagher, Erin (Randy) Hopkins, Derek (Cory) Gallagher and her pride and joy, big baby Blane Gallagher; nine grandchildren, Austin and Carson Evans, Jacob Gallagher, Ethan Gallagher, Joshua Gallagher, Charlie Jane Hopkins, Cameron Gallagher, Madlynn Gallagher and Jackson Hopkins; great grandson, Isaiah Evans; in laws, Robert (Joyce) Gallagher; and sister-in-law, Joy Gallagher. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and many many friends.

In addition to her parents, Cheryl is preceded in death by her siblings, Sharon Caudill, Larry Rice, Charles Rice, James Rice, Ed Rice and Sondra Will; and father and mother-in-law, George and Jane Gallagher and brother-in-law, William Gallagher.

Cheryl graduated from Wellston High School in 1966. She then married “Moose” Gallagher in 1968. Since the 60’s they were blessed with one child per decade until 1990 when Blane was born. She was full of life, she lived how she wanted, she was very colorful, never knew a stranger and you knew when she was in the room. She loved the going to the Elks, loved the casinos, especially Eldorado. She was fun loving, and the life of the party. She adored having her grandchildren around. She will be missed and never forgotten.

Visitation will be Monday, January 9, 2023, from 4-8 PM at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home in Jackson with a Catholic Rosary and Elks service concluding the calling hours. A Catholic funeral Mass will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Jackson with Father Thomas Herge officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Jackson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jackson B.P.O.E. #466 Charities, 316 East Main St. Jackson, Ohio 45640. Online condolences may be sent to

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