Cheryl L. Wilkerson, 53, of Opdyke, died 6:24 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.
She was born Thursday, Oct. 6, 1960, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Glenn and Evelyn (Lusby) Burnett. She married Gary Wilkerson on Oct. 16, 1986, at Opdyke Missionary Baptist Church in Opdyke.
Cheryl was a draftsperson/engineer for Old Ben Coal Company, was services and development technician and an engineering technician for Illinois Department of Transportation until her health failed. She was a very active, lifelong member of Opdyke Missionary Baptist Church; she also played piano, was a Sunday school teacher and helped with blood drives at the church. She was active in various Mt. Vernon area U.S. military support groups including Jefferson County Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was a member and past president of the Mt. Vernon Business and Professional Women and was on the Peacock Printing Relay for Life Team. She made many friends through the Special Stamping Sisters, was an avid scrapbooker and loved tending to her flower garden. She dearly loved her dog, “Izzy” (“Queen Isabella”) and with her help founded “Bark For Life”. She was always giving of herself and of her time to others and will be sadly missed by her family and her friends.
She is survived by her grandmother, Dorothy Loss of Texico; parents, Glenn and Evelyn Burnett of Opdyke; husband, Gary Wilkerson of Opdyke; two sons, Dustin Schierbaum and wife Amber of Mt. Vernon and Jeff Wilkerson and wife Kandi of Thompsonville; six grandchildren, Laytyn Schierbaum, Hadley Grace Schierbaum, Austin Wilkerson, Lili Wilkerson, Kylea Wilkerson and Sawyer Wilkerson; two sisters, Shelley Adams and husband Monte of Belle Rive and Jill Lisk and husband Sylvester of Opdyke; and niece and nephews, Taylor, Zeb, Grant and Logan.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at Opdyke Missionary Baptist Church in Opdyke with the Rev. Keith Neil and the Rev. Jeff Harrell officiating. Interment will be at Opdyke Cemetery in Opdyke.