Our hearts are heavy with grief today because we have lost Cheryl Ann Flinchum. Funeral services will be held at the First Christian Church of Fairfax beginning at 2:00 p.m.. on Monday, January 21, 2019. The minister Lewis Bernard will officiate the service. Burial is to follow at the Fairfax Cemetery. Friends are invited to come pay their respects at Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home in Fairfax on Friday from 3-7, Saturday from 10-6, and Sunday from 1-6. Ms. Flinchum will also lie in state at the First Christian Church on Monday morning from 10 until noon.
Cheryl was born to Lawson Curt Flinchum and Louise Bohanon Flinchum on October 19, 1956 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born and raised in Tulsa and educated in Tulsa schools. In 1974, she graduated from East Central High School in Tulsa. After graduation, she attended college locally. It was there, in the student union that she met a young man named James. Within just a few months, he had proposed and on March 19, 1975 they were married. She earned a degree in nursing and worked throughout the area.
She became a mother for the first time on December 1, 1977, when Andrew was born. She fell deeply in love with him and devoted her time to being a mother. They were blessed once again with a son when on January 15, 1981 Gabriel came into this world. Then, on June 3, 1983 their family was completed when Daniel was born. Their house was full of noise and toys, always laughing and always muddy, the three little boys had her wrapped around their fingers.
She enjoyed sewing and even made the boys clothes when they were little. She had a knack for crafting projects and her hands were never still. Cheryl quilted beautiful blankets for her friends and family. These family heirlooms will forever be cherished.
She was a member of the Christian Church and also the Catholic Church. So selfless was Cheryl that she gave one of the greatest gifts one person can give to another. In 1990, she donated a kidney to James. He tearfully describes her sacrifice as being "no greater love".
Upon her retirement in 2010 her life became complete as she was able to devote all her time to her grandkids and her dog Maria. Her kitchen creations came in handy when she hosted countless slumber parties and holiday dinners for the grandchildren. She loved taking the kids fishing, shopping and swimming. It didn't matter what they were doing as long as they were spending time together. She will truly be missed but never forgotten.
She was reunited in heaven with her parents, brother-in-law Robert Ailshie and brother-in-law Bruce Holley.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her son Andrew and his wife Marcy of Stillwater, son Gabriel and his wife Miranda of Fairfax, son Daniel and his wife Lauren of Ralston, grandchildren: Ben Lockett, Jack Graham, James Graham, Emma Graham, Mariah Waters, Brett Graham, Bridget Graham, and Jace Graham. One brother Gary Flinchum and his wife Nancy, two sisters Linda Holley and Marcia Ailshie, nephew Brian Holley, niece Mary Lou Holley, niece Jennifer Brummet, niece Leasa Ailshie and nephew Jeff Ailshie as well as a large extended family.
Online guestbook may be signed at www.hunsakerwootenfuneralhome.com
Cheryl was my friend in the band at EC and also my class mate at Bell Junior High. I will never forget her sweet smile and great music ability on the flute
Gary AdamsonTulsa, OK
Our thoughts and prayers are with Cheryl's family. We are sorry for you loss.
Curtis/Lisa DrymonFairfax, OK
I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for strength and comfort for all of you as you go through this time of great sorry.
Terry KimbrelPonca City, OK
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Andy, Gabe, Danny and your families.Prayers for comfort.
Debbie LooneyFairfax, OK
Praying for your family to find peace.
Jodi RainsJennings, OK