Cheryl Rae Vap, was born April 2, 1952 in Kearney, Nebraska and was the youngest daughter of Francis Mays and Ruby Jean (Rasmussen) Mays. She has a sister, Marcia Lovitt, living in Kearney and a brother, Gary Mays, also in Kearney.
She was raised in Kearney and graduated from Kearney high School. Her parents preceded her in death. Cheryl was married to Roy M Vap of Deweese on October 2, 1971 and moved to Glenwood Park outside of Kearney. Their family consists of three wonderful children, Torrey and Erika Vap of Florida, Mistie and Mitch Day of Texas, and Jeffery and Ashlee Vap of Nebraska.
Cheryl and Roy moved to Red Cloud, Nebraska in 1984 and made it their home. She worked for the University of Nebraska Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center for forty years and was very proud to retire in 2017. Cheryl was proud of her 12 grandchildren with (one on the way) and her 5 great grandchildren. Her grandkids were her absolute pride and joy.
Cheryl was a 41 year member of the Red Cloud Unit #238 American Legion and has held numerous positions including unit President 1997-1999. On the district level, Cheryl had served as VA and R Chairman, Girl State chairman, District Vice President and District #10 President from 1997-2000. She also served as Department Leadership Chairman, Public Relations Chairman 2004-2005, Girls State Vice Chairman, Children and Youth Chairman, Department Chaplain from 2009-2010, the Department President 2012-2013. Cheryl also has been an 8/40 Partner of Adams County Salon 486 for 19 years. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Red Cloud where she has served as a greeter and Cantor. She also taught CCD classes for 13 years. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Altar Society and served one year as president. Cheryl served her community in a multitude of activities including sponsoring band trips, athletic booster, Girl Scouts Leader, church offices and PTA. She enjoyed her family, especially the grandchildren.
Her hobbies and past time activities including reading, travel, sewing, quilting and cross stitching. Her cross stitch pictures are so beautiful that on several occasions people thought they were actually painted. Cheryl continued to belong to the local bowling league and participated in American Legion Auxiliary, State and National tournaments
The Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, 10:00 am, July 6, 2021 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Paul Frank officiating. Interment was at the St. Martin Loucky Cemetery.
The Rosary was recited Monday, 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials will be given to MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970
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