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Cheryl Brown

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Nov. 1, 1962-Feb. 21, 2013

Cheryl J. Brown, 50, of Detroit Lakes, was taken home by her heavenly Father on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Sanford Health in Fargo following a courageous battle with cancer.

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A gathering of friends and family took place from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at David Donehower Funeral Home.

A Memorial Service for Cheryl will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2 in Snapps-Bearden Funeral Home, Branson, Mo. Interment of ashes will be held at Edward's Cemetery, Kirbyville, Mo.

Cheryl Jean Perkins was born to Thomas Perkins and Barbara Jean Wood on November 1, 1962 in Eldon, Mo. She was raised and educated in Kansas City, Kansas. It was in Kansas City where Cheryl met her soulmate, Andy Brown. They were united in marriage March 15, 1984 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Cheryl and Andy resided in Kansas City before moving to St. Cloud in 1987. While living in St. Cloud, Cheryl and Andy were blessed with three wonderful children. In 1996, they moved to Detroit Lakes.

Cheryl was a wonderful wife and mother. Devoted to her children, Cheryl participated in many activities while the kids were growing up. From leading Girl Scouts and 4-H, to church youth groups as well as various other community activities, Cheryl led an active life.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2007, Cheryl kept an upbeat attitude and knew that time spent with family was of the upmost importance. She instilled in her children what it was like to be loved by family and to always reach for their goals in life.

During the summer Cheryl enjoyed tending to her garden and spending time with her family on the lake. She was very artistic and demonstrated her skills by the unique and special birthday cakes she made throughout the years.

Cheryl will be remembered and deeply missed by her husband, Andy Brown of Detroit Lakes; children, Alaina Brown of Fargo, Melissa Brown of St. Paul and Andrew Brown of Detroit Lakes.

In addition she is survived by her parents, Carl and Barbara Slaughter of Leavenworth, Kansas; three sisters, Barbara Ann (Mike) Black of Ottawa, Kansas, Wanda (Kevin) Boatwright of Kansas City and Georgia (Rodney) Wilheim of Blue Springs, Mo.; and two brothers, Brian (Sherry) Slaughter of Kansas City, Kansas and George Slaughter of Kansas City, Mo.

Preceding her in death were one brother, Ralph Slaughter and one sister, Deanna Perkins.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online tributes can be shared at www.daviddonehower.com.

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