Cherylene Grace Lovett

Cherylene Grace Lovett passed away on Tuesday morning, May 4, 2021. Cherylene always believed life was like a good book, with numerous stories filling each and every page. Clearly, this reflected Cherylene’s lifelong vocation as a school media specialist. She spent the majority of her years working as a librarian at then French Junior High School, later moving to Shawnee Heights High School, and eventually returning to Topeka public schools as the librarian at Topeka West before retiring in 2019. Cherylene began her journey with her birth to Ralph and Irene Shirley Nail of Perry, KS, at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka on October 23, 1950. She attended Perry public schools and eventually graduated from Kansas State Teachers College in 1972 with a BSE in Social Science Education and later an MLS in Library Science in 1978. Immediately after graduation, she was hired as a social science teacher. But her passion was young adult literature, which started with her friendship with the late Mike Prinz, the nationally recognized librarian at Topeka West. During her tenure as both a teacher and librarian, she was blessed by the remarkable talents of colleagues who made their mark on her distinguished educational journey. They included the late Otto Bodenhausen, principal of French Junior High, the late Janice Whitman, director of library services at Shawnee Heights public schools, Doug and Diane Goheen, Katy Weir, Richard and Laura Soash, Lon and Mary Dormer, Karen Mead, Steve Giddens, Charles Applehanz, Diane Leupold, Sue Patrick, Matt Hirsch, and her colleagues at Topeka West High School. She was also inspired by the thousands of students whose lives she touched during her forty-seven-year career in education.

            Cherylene is survived by her husband of nearly fifty years, Chris, and her daughter, Elizabeth, both of Topeka. She is also survived by her sister Elmerene McArthur of Manhattan; two brothers, Dennis Nail of Lancaster, PA, and Crosby Nail of Topeka; two nephews, Quentin and Colton McArthur of Kansas City; cousins Shirley Morrow of Topeka and Michael Morrow of Wichita, Dana Stanwix of Grantville, KS, Gena Leslie of Lecompton, KS, and Tina Sterling of Nashville, TN. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Cherylene’s memory to the American Cancer Society.   

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  1. Chris, and Elizabeth John and My thoughts and prayers are with you, as well as the whole family! Cherylene was a light unto this world like no other! She made you smile when you didnt think you could! I will never forget how good she was to my Mom when sbe was dying of Pancreatic Cancer!! She wss the best neighbor and friend my Mom could have ever asked for!!

  2. I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Lovett (as she will always be remembered by me). I had her as a Social Studies teacher at French in 8th grade and she has remained in my top 3 teachers of all time. She inspired kids to really reach for their full potential. My prayers go out to your family as you celebrate a really great life.

  3. I’m so sorry to see this Chris; I know you’ll miss her very much. Please take care of yourself, Lin

  4. Chris and Elizabeth, Cherylene was such an inspiration to work with and even to be with. I treasure all the time we had together. She helped me to become not only a better teacher, but also a better person. I know we lost track of each other after my retirement and her return to T West, but attitude toward life would come to mind when faced with various issues. We have all lost a very speciial person. My condolences and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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