Cheryl Elaine White
Nov 29, 1944 – Apr 21, 2017
Preceded in death by husband, Warren White, and son, Ron White. Survived by children: Steven Barnes, Robert White, and Tammy Barnes; brother, Cliff Bybee (Diane); mother, Betty McCreary; sister-in-law, Cathy Watts (Harold); six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
MEMORIAL SERVICE Thursday, April 27th at 10am at Evergreen Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to Little White Dog Rescue.
Cheryl Elaine White was born on November 29, 1944 in Fort Scott, Kansas. The daughter of Everett and Betty Lou (Davis) Bybee, she grew up in the farming community of Redfield, Kansas. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, a lover of children and protector of animals. She was a hero to most who knew her.
Cheryl raised three children and was grandmother to six more children. She also had four great-grandchildren. She was the loving wife of Warren White, whom she lost to death in 2011.
When her children were old enough for her to enter the workplace, Cheryl took a job in the Attendance Office at Omaha’s Technical High School. It was a job she loved because she often got the chance to make a difference in the lives of troubled kids. The kids knew her as “Miss Cheryl” and would often come to her for help with things their parents could not provide.
Cheryl remained at Tech High School until its closing in 1984. From there, Cheryl worked for a pig veterinarian at Ralston Purina, and as a Risk Management Analyst at St. Paul Insurance. Eventually she would join her husband, Warren, at White’s Color Center, his family business, where she assisted with the books, preparing slides, and even did some photography.
Cheryl was a born animal lover. She devoted much of her time to the animal rescue groups Coalition for Animal Protection and Little White Dog Rescue. At Little White Dog Rescue, Cheryl could always be counted on to take in the most troubled dogs from puppy mills or other difficult situations. She would love each one back to health and teach them to trust humans. She also spent countless hours sewing, processing applications, and attending events for Little White Dog. She drew many of the other volunteers to her with her infectious laughter and colorful sense of humor.
Cheryl leaves to grieve her, a host of family and friends whose lives were made richer by her presence in them, as well as her two darling dogs, Sugar and Savannah.
Cheryl’s favorite saying was, “Saving one dog will not change the world, but for that one dog, the world will change forever.”