Cheryl Lyn (Shepherd) Sayler

Cheryl Lyn (Shepherd) Sayler, 74, Topeka, KS, passed peacefully Tuesday, January 28th surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her husband Donald A. Sayler, daughters Amy O’Hara (Michael), Arin Clendening (Brent) and grandchildren Molly, Brady, Casey O’Hara and Ava Clendening. Her Celebration of Life will be held on February 9th at the Cyrus Hotel from 2-4.

Cheryl was born September 26,1945, in Wichita, KS to Lyman and Margaret Ray. Margaret later married Leo Shepherd and they raised Cheryl and her siblings in Kingman, KS. Cheryl was proceeded in death by her parents and brother Scott Shepherd. Survived by sisters Jan Hilton (Mike Spahr), Jo Vanderbeek (Hank), Steve Shepherd (Gail), Sue Stubbs (Michael Shepherd) along with numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews who will continue her loving legacy.

Cheryl graduated from Kingman High School in 1963 and attended Pittsburg State University, graduating with a Bachelors in Education in 1967 and moved to Topeka, KS to start her 35 year career as an educator. Cheryl taught at Northern Hills Junior High for 4 years before moving to Shawnee Heights High School where she served as an Art and English Teacher, heading up Student Government and coaching Track and Volleyball.

Cheryl and Don were married August 13, 1973. They built a loving relationship and home filled with laughter and fun, a favorite spot for many relatives and family – especially their grandchildren.

Cheryl loved sports and spent countless hours getting her daughters to practices, games, tournaments and was a reliable volunteer when help was needed. She held several volunteer positions and appointments at Oakland United Methodist Church over the years.

Cheryl had deep individual connections with each of her grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as extended family members and friends. She was a positive, loving, inclusive person who always brought light to any room she was in.

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  1. Arin-
    I am so sorry to hear about your mother, I wish I would of seen this sooner and I would of attended her Celebration of Life yesterday. Thoughts and Prayers to you and your family.

  2. My condolences to the family. I worked with Cheryl at Shawnee Heights.
    I so enjoyed knowing her. Some people leave a lasting memory and I loved her personality.

  3. To the family, I’m so sorry for your loss of a wonderful woman. Godspeed Cheryl, thank you for all you contributed to our lives <3

  4. Don, so sad to see of Cheryls passing. She was always such a happy, positive person when I would run into her. Talked about her grandchildren, &
    loving time spent with them. My thoughts are with you & your family..
    With Sympathy,
    LuDell Bell-Smith

  5. Dear Arin and Family,

    We are so so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. Thinking of you and your family during this sad time.

  6. I was fortunate to have Cheryl as an art instructor in high school in multiple classes. She had a great rapport with students. I really enjoyed her as a teacher and in conversation.

  7. I worked in the office when Cheryl was teaching at Shawnee Heights. Cheryl was such a sweet person, always cared about her students and everyone around her. I always thought of Cheryl as a special friend.

  8. Don and family, Our condolences to you all. Cheryl will be greatly missed. Please Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs

  9. Your mom & wife was a dear & loving friend. We “fossils” will miss her terribly!
    What a legacy Cheryl has left for her family. As you know, she loved you dearly!
    She was a best friend in every sense of the word.
    My love to your family,
    Mary Freeman

  10. Cheryl was such a joy to have as a friend and colleague at Shawnee Heights. I don’t remember the origin of this, but we exchanged our
    faculty school pictures with each other and wrote teen-age notes on the back. It’s a memory I have of her sense of humor which I’m sure she shared often with her family.

    She loved her family, and I recall her excitement when grandchildren arrived. My condolences to her family.

  11. A very beloved aunt and driving cog in our family wheel…..always the model of grace, patience, and an infectious laugh… will forever be fondly remembered.

  12. Dear Don, Amy and Arin,
    I am so saddened by Cheryl’s passing. What a great friend she was to so many. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
    Liz Syverson

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