Cheryl Ann (Smith) Williams, 76, passed away in Longmont on May 9, 2022, due to complications from vascular dementia.  She was born June 24, 1945, in Kingman, KS, the youngest child of Elmo and Phoebe (Printer) Smith.

Cheryl graduated from Kingman High School in 1963, where she was active in speech and debate.  Cheryl earned a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) in Emporia, KS.  In 1966, she married her first husband, Mark Prebble.  The couple had one child, Tim, born in 1973.  While in Kansas, Cheryl worked as a high school guidance counselor and teacher at Phillipsburg High School, and as a psychologist at Larned State Hospital.

Drawn by the beauty of Colorado and the promise of more frequent skiing, Cheryl and family moved from Kansas to Pueblo in the late 1970s.  There she tried her hand at various jobs including selling real estate and working for the American Cancer Society.  In the mid-1980s, they moved to Canon City, where Cheryl worked as a guidance counselor at the high school.  In 1989, Cheryl married her second husband, Bob Williams, a fellow guidance counselor.  Together they were proud to sponsor the Peer Counseling program.  Cheryl retired in 2003, having positively impacted the lives of countless teens.

After retiring, Cheryl and Bob became snowbirds, living in Mesa, AZ in the winter, and Colorado Springs in the summer.  They greatly enjoyed their retirement: golfing, traveling, visiting family, and undertaking many home improvements.

Cheryl was a warm and optimistic person, a great listener and communicator, a loving mother and wife, and a dear friend to many.  She will be sorely missed.

Cheryl is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; and her sister, Janice Brown.  She is survived by her son Tim (Amber) Prebble of Longmont; her stepdaughter Kim of San Francisco, CA; her stepson Rob of Los Angeles, CA; and extended family in Kansas and Colorado.  She was also blessed with five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

There will be no services at this time.  A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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