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Date of Birth: April 29, 1945

Date of Death: June 11, 2019

“Loved by everyone who ever met her. “ Cheryl Kay Thomas Del Monte left us today, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:45 PM. Her husband and youngest daughter with her when she passed. Her older daughter and her son were in transit to Phoenix and she tried to wait for them but just couldn’t make it. Cheryl was wife and companion to two very fortunate men, the mother of three incredible, magnificent children, and the grandmother of six really cool kids who are not really kids anymore. She was strong proponent of women’s rights and a liberal conservative who saw no conflict in holding divergent views. She graduated from Arizona State University, worked many years at the Arizona Republic newspaper, and was proud of being instrumental in bringing the paper on-line and creating the AzCentral.com website. She wrote four books in her “Arrowstar” series under the pen name C. K. Thomas. These are books about strong western women written by a very strong western woman. She loved to travel but especially loved coming home to Arizona each time. All who know her love her. All who knew her miss her. Details: Cheryl was diagnosed with abdominal cancer in late December, 2016. She had surgery right after the New Year 2019. The surgery was successful and the plan was for three months of chemotherapy and a full recovery. However, after a few days at home, complications set in and she was hospitalized into ICU for over a month. After that she was in long-term physical rehabilitation for almost 100 days. Once again she came home and again she relapsed. This happened several times. Her son Michael, and her daughters Kimberly and Stacie came to Phoenix at regular intervals to assist in her care and to give me much needed support. The last time she relapsed she was too weak for any further medical attempts and she went into Hospice care here at home. Cheryl’s daughter Stacie was with her and me when she passed away. I’d love to say her passing was peaceful but it wasn’t. She was too strong to go quietly into that long goodnight. She fought, and fought, but eventually succumbed. We held her hands and spoke to her as she went away. One last personal note: If you are coming from out of town or out of state, please schedule a couple of days before or after the Memorial for yourselves so you can see a bit of Arizona. Phoenix is not Arizona! Consider driving up to Sedona, Oak Creek, Jerome, and Prescott. It is a lovely one or two day drive and includes some of the most staggeringly beautiful scenery in our great state. I know! I wrote the book! And drove tours for years. One more last personal note: I’m doing OK. We saw it coming. I saw it coming. She saw it coming. We had our good-byes. I will love her forever. I will miss her forever. But I will survive. With the help of good friends, neighbors, and loving relatives. Note: Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/622183614941298/ In loving memory, Frank, Michael, Kimberly, Stacie

Service Information

We will have the Internment and a Memorial Service in July. Here are the details. Internment: The National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024 July 26, 9AM. (Specific location in the cemetery has not yet been determined.) Memorial Gathering: Paradise Valley United Methodist Church 4455 E. Lincoln Drive Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 http://PVUMC.org July 27, 2PM