CHERYL ANN LOON
Richmond-On August 10, 2018 in the early hours of the morning, Cheryl or “Shebsie” as Dad loved to call her, passed away with her adoring husband of 55 years and four children close by her side.
Cheryl, was born on October 4, 1943 to Lenore and Ronald Gallagher, she attended Gardiner Area High School. Cheryl was one of nine children, she adored her brothers and sisters: Dicky, Jackie, Diane, Donnie, Ronald, David, Bonnie and Earl.
Soon after school she met the love her life Lewis Ronald Loon whom she loved to call “Ronnie.” The two built a beautiful loving marriage, life and home for their four Children. Mom was a devoted wife and mother she kissed her husband every morning, created a home where dinner was on the table every night and instilled in her children the value of family. She is survived by her eldest doting daughter Jolene Benner “her sweet Jody”; son Lewis Charles or as mom referred to him “my Chucky” and wife Sherrie Loon; son Lewis Donald “or my little Lewie” and wife Bethany Loon and her youngest daughter, Laurisa Ann Loon “my little Bippy” and husband Chad Clark. She was blessed with six beautiful grandchildren who were the light of her life that she adored and loved as her own: Marissa Loon, Ashley and Amber Loon, Benjamin Loon and Luke and Beau Clark.
Cheryl, was self-employed as a child care provider for over 20 years on Boynton Street taking care of many children over the year’s right up until her passing taking care of her youngest grandson her little Beau. You could always find them side by side laughing and joking and shopping online together.
Cheryl, had a strong love of family and her Irish heritage that she instilled in her children and grandchildren. Mom loved to say “if you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough” or “there are two types of people in the world the Irish and those that wish they were” needless to say St. Patrick’s Day was a gathering filled with family, love and laughter and her traditional Irish dinner. The holidays were her favorite bringing us all together from the Fourth of July parties to the extravagant Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, going away for vacations at camp and trips to Connecticut with not only her children and grandchildren but her loving sister Bonnie and her family. Mom’s infectious laugh and love for tricks and jokes kept our home alive, she embodied the saying Live, Love and Laugh. Mom was the rock of the family, there was nothing she wouldn’t do for her children and family.
My precious mother is no longer here but the world gained a beautiful angel. I can hear my mom leaving us with this Irish Blessing: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may god hold you in the palm of his hand.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, August 15 at Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant Street Richmond from 11a.m. to 1p.m. A graveside service will follow at the Cotton Cemetery. All are welcome to attend a celebration of her wonderful precious life at her daughter’s home at 110 Main Street, Richmond, ME 04357.