Cheryl Lynn Gray

Passed away on
March 5, 2023
Cheryl “Buppy” Gray, 76, passed away on March 5, 2023; she passed away peacefully in her sleep due to Alzheimer’s at her care facility in Broomfield, CO. Although she struggled to function in her final weeks, she remained her loving, playful, and caring self until the end of her life. She is survived and will be forever missed by her dedicated and loving daughter, Samantha, her adored son-in-law Chris, her darling grandchild, Spencer (Sierra, “CiCi”), and her beloved grand-dog, Ladybug. Cheryl was born on August 23, 1946, in Pasadena, CA where she grew up with her 4 brothers. Cheryl gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Samantha, in Los Angeles, CA in 1971 and raised a strong, compassionate, and intelligent woman. Cheryl enjoyed a career as a project manager and published two Sci-Fi novels that she is very proud of. Cheryl met her beloved husband, Les, on a cruise in July in 1985 and married him the following year. They spent nearly 40 years together in which they loved and cared for one another every day. They loved to travel together, explore new foods, had a deep appreciation for art and culture, and consistently made each other laugh. Cheryl and Les lived together in California, and Arizona, and lived out the rest of their life in Colorado near their family. Cheryl was a deeply empathetic, creative, and spiritual woman. She channeled her creativity and love of food into baking; she constantly made treats for her family, friends, and community. Her granddaughter loved to bake with her, decorate Christmas cookies together, and learned countless things about baking that Spencer will carry on. Cheryl made several incredible birthday cakes for her grandchild—from a Spider-man Princess cake to a life-size replica of Spencer’s favorite purple cat Pillow-Pet. Cheryl has always felt an intense connection to the earth, animals, and others. She loved to collect crystals and rocks, would get sidetracked by every dog and baby she passed, and was drawn to all things shiny (which Spencer inherited as well). Cheryl adored and was loved by her grand-dogs, especially Ladybug. As a self-identified empath, Cheryl was a social justice advocate, a woman of strong faith, an avid animal lover, and an agent of kindness. Cheryl loved dragons and will be remembered as the “Buppy of Dragons” by her granddaughter, has always been drawn to dachshunds, and collected dolls and trinkets throughout her life. Cheryl’s iconic red hair and orange lipstick she wore until her final days speak to the energy, vivaciousness, and love she brought to this world and those in her life. She never failed to make her family laugh, made sure those around her felt loved, and was fearlessly her authentic bright, and colorful self. Cheryl’s family is eternally grateful for the attention, care, and support provided by the care staff at Adara Living and her hospice nurse, Haley, for making her comfortable in her final weeks. Her family will always think of her when they walk down the baking aisle of the grocery store, see something shiny when out and about, come across a dragon trinket, or pass a dachshund in public. Cheryl’s impact will forever be felt, her presence missed, and her spirit remembered.