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Cheri Elaine (Ten Kley) Johnson

1951 ~ 2021 (age 69)


Cheri Elaine (Ten Kley) Johnson, age 69, met her Lord and Savior unexpectedly Sunday, August 1, 2021.  Cheri was born August 7, 1951 to her parents, Leonard and Dianne (Wellbrock) Cowden. She was raised in Deming and graduated from Mt. Baker High School with the Class of 1969. Cheri married Mike Ten Kley in February of 1971 and they enjoyed many wonderful years together until his passing in 2006.  They raised three beautiful children and Cheri worked at the Christian Healthcare Center as a beautician and also served at Word of Life Church in the Children’s Ministry.  She had such a heart for people, young and old.  In 2011, she married Spencer Johnson and they spent time in Yuma each year and enjoyed camping at the river. Cheri loved spending time with her family,her grandchildren, and taking care of her dad. She lovingly invested in the lives of each of her grandchildren.  Cheri enjoyed scrapbooking, playing card games, mochas, and serving others. She loved to be around people and many have been blessed by her spontaneous visits. Her laugh was infectious.

Cheri is survived by her husband Spencer of 9 years; sons, Jeremy and his wife Heather, Kyle and his wife Angela and daughter La’Renda; seven grandchildren, Skyler, Madalyn, Conner, Mazie, Sydney, Rylee, and Addison Ten Kley; father Leonard Cowden; 1 brother Steve (Karla) Cowden, 2 sisters Valarie Barker and Cathy (Ron) Groen; numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and many friends. Her friends and family were so special to her, thank you for loving our mom just as she was.

Visitation will be held Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 1:00-3:00 PM. at Sig’s Funeral Services, 809 W. Orchard Drive #2 in Bellingham, WA.

A Graveside Service will be held Monday, August 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM. at Ten Mile Cemetery in Lynden followed by a Celebration of Life at 1:00 PM at Good News Fellowship Church, 1252 W. Axton Road, Ferndale, WA with Pastor Kyle Hopkins officiating.

Memorials may be made to Whatcom Hospice or Agape Home for Women and Children.

Please click on the link below to watch the Celebration of Life live if you are not able to attend.


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August 8, 2021

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Sig's Funeral Services
809 W. Orchard Drive Suite 3
Bellingham, Washington 98225

Graveside Service
August 9, 2021

11:00 AM
Ten Mile Cemetery
6268 Medcalf Road
Lynden, WA 98264

Celebration of Life
August 9, 2021

1:00 PM
Good News Fellowship Church
1252 W. Axton Road
Ferndale, Washington 98248


Whatcom Hospice Foundation
3001 Squalicum Pkwy., #11, Bellingham WA 98225
Tel: 1-360-733-5877
Web: http://whatcomhospice.org/

Agape Home for Women and Children
1215 F Street, Bellingham WA 98225
Tel: 1-360-733-3796
Web: https://www.thelighthousemission.org/what-we-do/agape-home/

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