Cheryl L. Martin departed this earth, Saturday, December 20, 2018, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a host of friends and loved ones. Cheryl was a beautiful soul who loved to cook, sing, and dance. Cheryl sang in a band years ago which allowed her to express her love for music. She couldn’t help but to light up a room with smiles and her sense of humor. Throughout Cheryl's life she made it her responsibility to care and love others from “8 to 80, blind, crippled and crazy”, as she would so often say.
Cheryl L. Martin was born on February 12, 1947, in Erie Pennsylvania, to the late Thomas Myers, Jr. and Dorcas Bond. Cheryl graduated from Utica Free Academy prior to becoming an employee at University Heights and later taking managing roles at New York State, Department of Taxation and Finance as well as Ferrini-Kornarski & Associates. Hard work took its toll as Cheryl would later become disabled and unable to work.
In her spare time, among other things, Cheryl loved to explore the medicinal uses of certain plants, as she would learn that the mere smell of a plant’s aroma offered an array of soothing effects. In addition, Cheryl loved the work of a political poll examiner and would work the polls during election season. Cheryl cherished relationships and had many friends in all walks of life. However, nothing pleased Cheryl more than raising her children, in what she believed to be, the right way. Cheryl’s home was a fun-loving home and she enjoyed hosting family, friends, and guest to a back yard cook out or two, as she preferred things in moderation over excess.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her mother, Dorcas Bond, her father, Thomas Dean, her grandparents, Thomas Myers, Sr., and Margaret Myers, her sister, Linda Henderson, her brother, Noel Myers, her uncle, James Green, her aunt, Arosemond McFarley, her uncle, Steven McFarley and her 2nd oldest granddaughter, Maudtresse Goodwin.
Cheryl leaves to mourn her mother in law, Loretta Myers, her children, Michael Myers (New York, NY), Ronald Courtwright, (Albany, NY), Leslie Meyers, (Washington, D.C), Paula Meyers, (Washington, D.C), Arosemond Goodwin (Albany, NY), Anye Goodwin, (Albany, NY) and Rosetta Myers, (Arizona), her grandchildren, Niesha Goodwin, Raa-Jiem Coleman, Kahjiah Wilmer, Jahkiah Wilmer, Aniya Goodwin, Anye Goodwin, Jr., her great grandchildren, Raynya Coleman, Raa-Jiem Coleman Jr. and Rayne Coleman, nieces Tonya Dukes and Rochelle Henderson, Nadia Myers and Michael Myers, Jr., Robert Harrison and Denise Williams, and Theresa Williams, as well as a host of great nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.
Lastly, the family would be remiss not to mention Denise Rhodes and Delores Traynum who were solemnly appreciated by Cheryl for their love and dedication. The family would also like to give a special thank you to Lashaun Jones for her longtime companionship and lifetime commitment. Finally, Cheryl Martin was a publicly-spirited, unique, gentle hearted and magnanimous woman who kept an open door policy to any and all individuals who, simply, needed love.