Cheryl Wakefield


On January 22, 1951 God blessed Sammie Joe and Val Marie Gavin with their second daughter, Cheryl Ann Wakefield in Chicago, Illinois at Cook County hospital. She was the second oldest, she is preceded in death by mother, Val Marie Calvin and older sister, Rainell Alaway. She is survived by her younger brother, Edward Gavin. She confessed her love for Christ at an early age and joined Shining Star Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Irving. She graduated from Richard T. Crane High School, Chicago, IL.

Cheryl married Renold Wakefield in 1970, and they were blessed with two children Monica Barnes and Tawanda Baker. They relocated to Columbus, Ohio where she was diligent, dedicated, and hardworking employee for the State of Ohio “Bureau of Workers Compensation” as a claim examiner for 33 years, where she retired in September of 2007.

Cheryl was a devoted member of Faith Ministries under Dr. C. Dexter Wise. She was a woman of good works, loving, and devoted to her family, including her granddaughters, Candace Wakefield, and Myah Barnes. She loved to travel, shop, enjoyed life, loved to worship and praise GOD, but most of all was loving and a joy to be around.

On May 4, 2021 GOD decided that he needed Cheryl back with him in the pearly gates of Heaven. She leaves to cherish in loving memory her brother, Edward Gavin; daughters, Monica Barnes (Kevin) and Tawanda Baker (Richard); seven grandchildren, Candace Wakefield, Marquetta O’Neal, Myah Barnes, Alisha, Ricardo, NicKeisha and Felisha Baker; great grandchildren Marquise and Romelo O’Neal; special childhood friends, Jeanette Johnson (Locklear) and Mona Cox both of Chicago, IL; special friends, Carolyn Moorer, Ruth Person, Shirley Roberts, and Janice Greathouse; and a host of nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

Cheryl smile, spirit, strength, and presence will TRULY be missed.
Her favorite sayings: “Keep the Faith”, “I have more years behind me, than in front of me, “Life is to short”, and “Sitting at home looking cute, minding my business”.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Friday, May 14, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Tonya Roach-Wade

    Monica, Tawanda, and Family, I have you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. So sorry to hear. Cheryl and I met when we were both members of Mt. Zion. Loved her spirit and devotion to God. Praying for strength and comfort for the family.

  3. My sincere condolences to Cheryl’s family.

    Cheryl was a little lady with a huge heart. She always had a smile and an encouraging word. Cheryl and I started at BWC on the same day, August 22, 1978. We shared orientation together and were assigned to the same department, for years. She was a mentor to myself and others in the department. Never did Cheryl have a discouraging word. She would have a twinkle in her eye and a huge smile, when talking about her daughter and family. That smile! A smile that only one could have with a kind and genuine heart. Cheryl was wise and had a quiet voice. She had patience and a tender understanding, of the ones she cared about. Cheryl had a gift of making you listen to her words of wisdom without you becoming upset. I cannot explain this. I believe that this was a gifted blessing, that was given to her by God Himself. She also believed in salvation, 1Cor, 15:1-4. So when I had shed tears upon hearing of her passing, I found comfort knowing that Cheryl has entered into glory for her eternal rewards, not judgement but heavenly rewards, from Jesus The Christ Himself. So my prayers for her family, that you too, find comfort, and have your salvation sealed in your hearts, for she is truly in the presence of The Lord.

    May God bless you, comfort you, and minister to you, during this time.

  4. To all the family. My prayers are with you all, especially at this time. Just remember absent in the body, present with the Lord and there is no greater presence !

  5. Suerathia C Turner

    To all the family. My prayers are with you all, especially at this time. Just remember absent in the body, present with the Lord and there is no greater presence !

  6. Janet Cahill

    My heart is so broken…sending alot of love and a hug to the family. We worked together for years at BWC, and not too long ago ran into each other and had some good laughs. One beautiful lady

  7. Rita O Fletcher

    Sending love and condolences!

  8. Ms Joan Mccloud Brisco

    With sadness of heart I send my deepest condolences; so saddened to hear of her transition. I felt I had a special connection with Cheryl . Ladies be strong and stay close

  9. Sending prayers and my deepest sympathy for your loss. Cheryl will be truly missed.

  10. Debbie Gronbach Garman

    I enjoyed working with Cheryl for many years. She was a delight. Prayers for your family.

  11. Negla Ross James

    Prayers of comfort are going up. Sis. Wakefield absolutely adored and would do anything for people. She was one of the nicest people I know. You have EARNED your rest in Heaven.

  12. Robert W Steele

    To the family of Cheryl, Ladies I was and am very sad to hear about Cheryl, we both had a special bond for each other that has and will last forever. She had very much love for all of her family no matter what. Her God that she loves very much is now enjoying her personally. May God continue to bless you all.

  13. Chereea Smith

    My deepest condolences to the Wakefield family, praying for peace and comfort at this difficult time she is now resting in the arms of Jesus and that’s where you can find peace even at this time. Psalms 22: 24 For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.

  14. Janae I. Bennett

    Deepest condolences to the family. I am praying for your strength during this difficult time. May the peace of God comfort each of you. May our loving thoughts and prayers embrace you during this time. Revelation 21:4 -” He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Be ye encourage and allow her legacy to live on through each of you.

  15. patricia Spencer

    Patricia Spencer I met Cheryl at “Senior Celebration”on Wednesdays at “Faith Ministries Missionary Baptist Church, a few years ago. She was a Joy, and, easy to talk to. I will miss her. I am Praying that God will provide the Family the Strength, and, Comfort that they need.

  16. Tarrsie Collins

    My deepest condolences to her family and I’m praying for Gods comfort and strength. Cheryl was a long time friend for many years back at BWC and was always a nice person with the largest heart and a beautiful spirit. She will be truly missed by many. Rest well our Queen.

  17. Elder James & Sarah Leonard

    Sarah and I send our deepest condolences to the family words cannot express the lost you must feel. may the God of all peace keep you and hold you during this time of bereavement. Cheryl and I were neighbor for 21 yrs.

  18. My family and I will like to send love and our deepest condolences to the Wakefield family.

    May God Bless Your Family During This Difficult Time.

  19. David & Daneta Wright

    We’d like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cheryl Wakefield. She was a blessing to all she met. She will be deeply missed. Much love ❤️ David & Daneta Wright.

  20. Enis & Betty Wakefield

    Please accept our sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers for your dear loved one, may the god of tender mercy and of all comfort be with the family and help you through this difficult time because he cares for you. 1peter 5:6,7.

  21. Yvonne Taylor

    I’m in shock and truly saddened to find out today that Ms Cheryl had passed away. She was such a sweet, caring person. I offer my deepest condolences to her daughters and the rest of her family. I remember her smile and her laughter when we ushered together at MTZ. She will truly be missed. RIH Ms. Cheryl.

  22. Prayers and comfort to the family. Our sincere condolences to you all.

  23. To my Nieces and their families. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will always remember my sister-in-law for her loving, kind, gentle spirit, and the wonderful lady that she was. May the many loving memories of your Mother be with you to sustain you in the coming days, months and years.

  24. I am deeply saddened to here of Cheryl passing. It has been quite of few years since I last saw Cheryl but I thought of her often and remembered the all good times we had. Praying for your family in this difficult time.

  25. Leetonia Young

    My heart breaks for my cousins Monica, Tawanda, Candace, and Myah. I pray that God Jehovah provides you all with the strength to endure the pain of losing your loving mother and grandmother in death. Aunt Cheryl was a beautiful person and loved by so many. She will be missed. I love y’all so much cousins.


  26. We would like to extend our condolences to the family. May you draw comfort from God as he help you to cope with the loss of a wonderful person. Thinking of you all.

  27. Julie Whitney Scott

    So sorry to hear that Cheryl is no longer with us in physical form but happy she is with the Lord.

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