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Cheryl Irene Leeper

Cheryl Irene Leeper

Cheryl Irene Smith Leeper was born March 2, 1951, in Kadoka, South Dakota, the youngest of three children of George and Florence Smith. On May 12, 2018, Cheryl passed away after a brief battle with cancer.

Cheryl working career scanned the field from probation officer, public relations director in telecommunications, public affair liaison in the pipeline business, and as the director of development for WDSE / WIRT PBS TV station in Duluth, Minnesota.

She loved to travel, visit with people and drop a few coins in the casino slots, but what she loved best was to quilt. They were her projects of love.

Those left behind to miss her include her husband, Gary; stepdaughter, Jennifer Leeper (Mike Mercincavage); stepson, Joseph (Lisa) Leeper and their two children Ruby and James; sister-in-law, Jeannie Smith; niece, Briana (Derek) Beleslie and their son Everitt; nephew, Garr C. (Leslie) Smith and their daughters Briauna and Kataleya; her "adopted" dad and mom, Tom and Marge Driessen, as well as a host of other friends and family.

She is preceded in death by her parents George C. Smith and Florence A. (Britton) Smith, her brothers Guy C. Smith and Gary C. Smith.

At her request, cremation has been accorded and a graveside family gathering will be held at a later date in Belvidere (SD). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to the National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter or St. Luke's Hospice in Duluth.

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