Cherie Deanna Miller Carlisle, 54, of Abilene, Kansas, passed away on March 18, 2013 in Abilene, Kansas, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born on January 6, 1959, in Carroll, Iowa to Foster Charles and Lois Jean (Pierson) Miller. She was the youngest of five children. Her father passed away when she was only eight. She attended Carroll schools. Cherie got her GED in 1977 and later attended Des Moines Area Community College in Carroll and Ankeny, Iowa and went on to earn a Bachelor of Business Management degree from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.
On April 21, 1987, Cherie married Michael Carlisle, Jr. at the First United Methodist Church in Carroll, Iowa. As a military family, they lived in Berlin, Germany, for a couple years before being sent to Fort Riley, Kansas. They lived in Navarre, Kansas for a short time before moving to Abilene in 1993. Cherie worked in restaurants, as a paraprofessional at Abilene High School, and in the circulation department at the Abilene Reflector Chronicle. She also enjoyed making ornamental concrete. She enjoyed homeschooling her younger children and spoiling her grandchildren. She has helped countless people to stay sober with over 20 years of sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Cherie is survived by her husband, Mike, of the Abilene home, her daughter, Heidi (Sturm) and her husband Steven Sprouse of Rocky Ford, Colorado, her son Michael Carlisle, III. of Abilene, and daughter, Meri Carlisle, also of Abilene, two grandchildren, Hannah and Caleb Sprouse, of Rocky Ford, Colorado. Also surviving are her brothers, Chuck (Pauline) Miller, of Des Moines, Iowa, Jeff (Jane) Miller of Kanawha, Iowa, Scott (Julie) Miller, of Norwalk, Iowa, and Terry Miller of Abilene, Kansas, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Cherie was preceded in death by both of her parents.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Martin Becker Carlson funeral home in Abilene, Kansas. Her son-in-law, Steven Sprouse, the minister for the Church of Christ in Rocky Ford, Colorado, will be officiating.
Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd, Abilene, Kansas 67410 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elsie Brooks Cancer Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.martinbeckercarlson.com.
(This obituary was written and paid for by the family of Cherie Deanna Miller Carlisle)