Cheryl Irene (Bittenbender) McLain, 74, passed away Wednesday, March 31 at Stormont-Vail Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
Cheryl was born Oct. 16, 1946 in West Palm Beach, FL to James Bittenbender and Rosa Lorene (Stewart) Bittenbender, who both preceded her in death. Her sister, Lee Ann (Bittenbender) Schultz, passed in 1982.
After graduating from Topeka High School in 1964, Cheryl married Leon Hayes and had four children, Troy, Michael, Shannon and Jason. Michael Todd Hayes passed at birth in 1968. Cheryl is survived by her other children; Troy Hayes, Shannon Knight and Jason Hayes, all of Topeka.
Cheryl retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. after 28 years of service. She was a member of Electra chapter of Delta Theta Chi sorority and was proud of the work she and her sisters did in the community. She lobbied for the Democratic Party and was relieved by the 2020 results.
After Lee Ann’s passing, Annelise Doty and Janelle Clark became Cheryl’s “sisters” and were constant inspiration for her as to the good in life.
Cheryl’s legacy most importantly includes her grandchildren, Aaron Skyler Hayes, Anna Rene Knight, Sarah Renae Knight, Laura Lee Knight, Aubrey Ann Hayes, Alexander Jason Hayes and great-grandson Cameron Cain Hayes, all of whom she could not stop bragging about to anyone who would listen. Her nephew, Stephen Marc Schultz, was another source of great pride for her.
Cheryl was a tireless champion for her family and will be missed more than words could ever convey.
Graveside services will be held Monday, April 12 at 9 a.m. at the Garden of Apostles in Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the Brazosport College Foundation, Lee Ann Schultz Memorial Nursing Scholarship, 500 College Drive, Lake Jackson, TX, 77566.