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Cheryl Ann Martin

December 25, 1954 ~ November 25, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Cheryl Martin Obituary

Cheryl Ann (Yawn) Martin, 68, of Lumberton passed away on November 25, 2023.  She was born  on December 25, 1954 in Groves/Nederland, Texas to the late home builder, Martin M. Yawn and wife Willie Dean Yawn of Silsbee, Texas.

Though diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 11, Cheryl was active like most young people her age.  Cheryl loved horses . She competed in pole racing with her two horses Pepper and Lightening winning several competitions and trophies.  Her father was a well known home builder in the Silsbee/Lumberton area, and while building a cabin for a client at Lake Colmesneil, he and his family began taking camping trips there. The family loved it there so much that eventually they built their own cabin, spending many years vacationing there.
After high school, Cheryl attended Chenier Business College where upon graduation she began her working career at Trum Advertising Agency. 

She moved to Houston in the late seventies working for Skycap Brewster Company.  In 1980 she went to work for MH Dietrich Company and in 1982 she met and married the love of her life, Richard Martin.  They lived in Houston and were attending members of Sharpstown Baptist Church.  It was not long after their marriage that the diabetes began to take a toll on her health.  Diabetic Retinopathy eventually took  the vision in her left eye and left only 60% vision in her right.  By the grace of God she was able to continue to drive to and from work until the company closed and she retired.  She and Richard were married for 16 years before his death in 1998. After Richards death, Cheryl moved back to Silsbee living with her parents for a couple of years.  She then moved to Lumberton. 

Cheryl loved cats and her friends affectionately called her The Cat Lady.  She was a stray cat magnet, owning well over 50 cats in her short 68 year lifetime, 
In 2015 Cheryl began attending God’s House Church in Houston, making the weekly trips with her BFF.  For the next 5 years she leaned into and learned about the finished work of the Cross.  She loved Praise and Worship and could hardly wait for Saturday and Wednesday to come. 
At the time of her death she had 5 kitties ranging in age from 9 to 19.  She bottle raised 4 of the 5 and she considered them to be her children.  Like many others, the Covid pandemic caused her to become a bit of a recluse. She enjoyed playing computer games, watching westerns and cops on tv.  She also enjoyed shopping trips with her BFF as well as occasional trips to the casino to play the penny Sizzlin’ Sevens. But the highlight of her year was the two fireworks seasons.  Her brother has several stands and she looked forward to helping him get ready for business and keeping them well stocked during season.

Cheryl is survived by her brother Martin Irving Yawn of Arkansas, his wife Phyllis Manning Yawn, her two nephews Mathew and Tanner and her great nephews, Kase, Balen and Rider, also of Arkansas, her aunt Wanda Sue Newman and husband Wes of Lumberton, Linda Yawn Gee of Georgetown.

A Memorial Service will be held in her honor on Saturday, January 13, 2024, 2pm, Farmers Funeral Home Silsbee, Texas.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in her name to the local no kill animal shelters

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Memorial Visitation
January 13, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Farmer Funeral Home Chapel
415 N. Fourth Street
Silsbee, Texas 77656-4107

Memorial Service
January 13, 2024

2:00 PM
Farmer Funeral Home Chapel
415 N. Fourth Street
Silsbee, Texas 77656-4107


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