Cheryl Elyn Palmer was born July 16th, 1965 to Kenneth and Pamela Palmer at the Women’s Hospital in Baltimore, MD. As the second of two children, she completed the family. Cheryl was a fighter from the womb as she was a “blue baby” when born. She had a number of challenges as an infant with multiple blood transfusions and other health crises.
Her parents brought her to Berea Temple SDA Church in Baltimore, MD to be dedicated to the Lord, a dedication which would follow her for the rest of her life. Her first teacher outside of the home was Mrs. Starks who had her in Pre-Kindergarten at the Dupont Park SDA School. When her father became the principal of the Larchwood SDA School, she then went under the tutelage of Sis. Lawton for kindergarten. In 1970, when the family moved back to the Washington, DC area, Cheryl went back to the Dupont Park SDA school which she attended through 10th grade. She completed her high school education at Blue Mountain Academy where she made life-long connections and friends. Cheryl went on to attend the University of Maryland, where she completed her bachelors and master’s degrees which completed her formal education. Cheryl was a life-long learner who went to Montemorelos University to teach English so she could further her fluency in Spanish.
Cheryl was a career counselor whose excellence in her field earned her appearances on CNN and Fox News as an expert in resume writing, coaching/training of executives in charting their career paths and interviewing for promotions. Cheryl started her own business and was the CEO and founder of Call to Career.
Cheryl will be remembered for her music ministry which began at the age of 5 singing with her father playing the steel guitar for church services and nursing home visits. She sang with numerous choirs and groups in her formative years but as an adult became a soloist, who ministered in full concerts. She also wrote music and collaborated with her cousin Bryan Quarry to produce music.
Cheryl was a committed and fervent Seventh-day Adventist Christian who was baptized at the age of seven. Cheryl was an ardent defender of the faith who loved the Bible and the writings of EG White. She was a thorough researcher who prepared studies on challenging theological topics and difficult passages in the bible. She was a serious evangelist who loved sharing her faith, especially one-on-one.
Cheryl took her much deserved rest in the Lord on Wednesday, September 9th 2020, twenty months after her initial diagnosis of cancer, surrounded by her father and mother, with the loving assistance of her cousin, Jaycee, as her brother, sister-in-law and nephew joined by phone. The family sang hymns as she drew her last breath.
Cheryl was the family historian who did extensive work on putting together our family tree. But for her, it went beyond names on paper. She had a real passion for connecting family members and staying in touch. Cheryl’s gift of friendship, willingness to make new friends and concern for the lives of those whom she called friends will be sorely missed. She is mourned by her parents, Kenneth and Pamela Palmer, her brother Pete (wife Dahlia), nephew Troy Levy (wife Rachelle), grandnephews, Benjamin, Kenneth Pete, and Isaac along with a host of cousins, other family members and close friends.
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