ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of Cheri Ward. She was an amazing person and an irreplaceable wife, mother, sister and friend. Please feel free to share photos and stories so we can all celebrate her life together. We will also have a celebration of her life in person once COVID is under control.
Posted by Joelle Budzinsky on February 17, 2021
Cheri made and shaped one of my favorite people on the planet.

So many of the qualities I love in Erin are very clearly gifts from her mom.

In this way, Cheri does and will live on, forever.

❤️
Posted by Joanna Fischer on February 14, 2021
Memories of Cheri

Cheri and I first met when we were 14 in Morgan Jr. high. I wasn't so sure about her at first but her chattiness and funny wit won me over. She could always make me laugh. We became close friends later in high school and remained friends for over 50 years. We were in college together, in each others weddings, traded babysitting, and helped with kids birthday parties, and finally their weddings. We spent many 3 hour lunches talking about our husbands and families. We were always so surprised how those 3 hours just flew by.                                                 
Cheri was my oldest and dearest friend. She was the kind of friend you could always count on to come through no matter what. When you are lucky enough to have a friend as loyal as she was you are surely blessed. I will miss her greatly. God Bless my dear friend.
Posted by Marla Pugh on February 11, 2021
You were more than a sister ... you were a friend, a fierce protector, a second mom. I remember driving around in your GTO when I was very little and singing songs with you at the top of our lungs. I thought you were the coolest sister EVER.

You let me come live with you and helped me feel secure while dad had cancer and mom was so busy taking him to treatments; you moved me into my dorm at college when you were very pregnant; you let me live with you later and be a bad influence on your infant daughter; you pretty much re-constructed my wedding dress - several times and even the night before as I had lost weight; you helped bandage my ass after an embarrassing surgery; you cared for our mom after she had cancer, a stroke, and through dementia; you set up my house so when I moved back home I had everything I needed. There's so much you have done for me. You were the person I could always count on - the rock of the family. I joked that I could always go off and do what I wanted because you were always here to keep everything going. But it was true.

Now that you are gone, we are all a little lost. Your smile, your laugh, your humor, your energy, your amazing heart, the eye roll you'd give me when I dressed up my dog - all are precious memories. You gave so much, yet never ever wanted to be in the spotlight. I only hope you understand how much you impacted the world and how much you gave the people who loved you. The world will never be the same without you.

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Posted by Joelle Budzinsky on February 17, 2021
Cheri made and shaped one of my favorite people on the planet.

So many of the qualities I love in Erin are very clearly gifts from her mom.

In this way, Cheri does and will live on, forever.

❤️
Posted by Joanna Fischer on February 14, 2021
Memories of Cheri

Cheri and I first met when we were 14 in Morgan Jr. high. I wasn't so sure about her at first but her chattiness and funny wit won me over. She could always make me laugh. We became close friends later in high school and remained friends for over 50 years. We were in college together, in each others weddings, traded babysitting, and helped with kids birthday parties, and finally their weddings. We spent many 3 hour lunches talking about our husbands and families. We were always so surprised how those 3 hours just flew by.                                                 
Cheri was my oldest and dearest friend. She was the kind of friend you could always count on to come through no matter what. When you are lucky enough to have a friend as loyal as she was you are surely blessed. I will miss her greatly. God Bless my dear friend.
Posted by Marla Pugh on February 11, 2021
You were more than a sister ... you were a friend, a fierce protector, a second mom. I remember driving around in your GTO when I was very little and singing songs with you at the top of our lungs. I thought you were the coolest sister EVER.

You let me come live with you and helped me feel secure while dad had cancer and mom was so busy taking him to treatments; you moved me into my dorm at college when you were very pregnant; you let me live with you later and be a bad influence on your infant daughter; you pretty much re-constructed my wedding dress - several times and even the night before as I had lost weight; you helped bandage my ass after an embarrassing surgery; you cared for our mom after she had cancer, a stroke, and through dementia; you set up my house so when I moved back home I had everything I needed. There's so much you have done for me. You were the person I could always count on - the rock of the family. I joked that I could always go off and do what I wanted because you were always here to keep everything going. But it was true.

Now that you are gone, we are all a little lost. Your smile, your laugh, your humor, your energy, your amazing heart, the eye roll you'd give me when I dressed up my dog - all are precious memories. You gave so much, yet never ever wanted to be in the spotlight. I only hope you understand how much you impacted the world and how much you gave the people who loved you. The world will never be the same without you.
her Life
Cheri Ann Ward (Pugh) passed away at her home on December 21, 2020, after a two year battle with head and neck cancer. She was surrounded by her daughter, husband and sister at her time of passing. She was 65 years young.
Cheri was born on June 26, 1955 in Ellensburg to Durward and Joanne Pugh. She spent most of her life as an Ellensburg resident. Other long-term residents may know her as the owner of a fabric store several years ago, or perhaps have heard her sing at a wedding or a funeral on more than one occasion. She was also a big hit at the Lutheran Church’s Christmas Eve service, where she sang her mother’s rendition of Silent Night with the choir.

Professionally, Cheri spent her last twenty plus years at Mt. Stuart Elementary. She loved her students and her colleagues. If your child attended Mt. Stuart, chances are you knew “Miss Cheri.” She may have even let your kiddo sit on her lap during a rough day, or mended your child’s clothes after an especially adventurous recess left a hole in one’s jeans. Cheri shared fond memories of her time at Mt. Stuart, even as her health declined. 

Above all, Cheri cherished her family, which includes many lifelong friends. She loved going on trips with her daughter and sister, throwing parties with her husband, and simply relaxing and sipping whiskey with good company around the fire pit.

Her easy laugh and quiet generosity left a tremendous mark on this world. She is simply irreplaceable. 

Cheri is survived by her husband Ron Ward, daughter Erin Krueger (Jeremy), sister Marla Pugh, brother Greg Pugh, niece Kyra Pugh (Cameron), and nephew Shane Pugh.

There will be a celebration of life later in 2021 when it is safe to have large gatherings.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes those who wish to donate, to give to the Gretchen Weller Foundation or the Head & Neck division of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

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Shared by Cristina Garcia on February 11, 2021
My son Jaden would have tough days at school and would get so frustrated. Miss Cheri would always comfort him and make him feel safe with her. As he started getting older his reward after having a good day in class would be going and hanging out with Miss Cheri during recess. It was his favorite thing all day and seeing miss cheri would bring such a smile To his face. Which as a working mom would make me feel so good knowing we had someone like Miss Cheri there for our son. She’ll will be greatly missed and we know she is in a better place.