Cheryl Ann Gould, 70, Woodstock, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born June 7, 1946, to Jack and Ernestine Holloway.

Working alongside her husband Dan for nearly a half century at Lloyd’s Paint ‘N Paper, she could be found mixing a can of paint or balancing the accounts for the business. Retiring on the same day, she and Dan threw themselves into the care and enjoyment of their home, a barn they restored themselves. Hickory Hill was a dream made true for them and the culmination of long hours spent planning and doing their share of the labor of restoration.

Quilting was a lifelong passion, and over the years, she created numerous family heirlooms and countless wonderful memories. Travel was a must, and she and Dan traveled with family and friends whenever an opportunity arose. Their adventures took them from a summer home on Lake Geneva to New Orleans and Florida and as far as the Tahitian Islands.

Bombi, as she was called by the grandchildren, assumed her role as family matriarch with pride. She was known for her Sunday dinners and the ability to solve any problem whether that be hemming pants or just lending an ear. She taught her daughters, grandchildren and anyone who crossed her path that, while you may be tiny (her nickname was aptly Shorty), it’s still possible to make a big impact on the world. She had a way of making people feel like they belonged from the moment they met. She wanted to make sure all her friends and family knew that she had a wonderful life, having a deep gratitude for all of her relationships and life experiences.

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well-preserved piece … but to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out and defiantly shouting, ‘Whooo doggie, what a ride!”

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Dan; daughters, Tamara Gould-Buss, Laura (Matt) Gould-Colangelo and Katie (Dan Hart) Day; grandchildren, Walter, Nathaniel, Graham, Margaret, Jacob, Kelsey, Daniel, Zoie, Lola and Maddie; great-grandchildren, Makenzie and Harper; a brother, Chuck (Sissy) Holloway and Cindy (Mugs) Funk; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Tina Longnecker.

A celebration of life service was held Nov. 29 at Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock, immediately followed by food and revelry at D.C. Cobb’s.

Memorials can be made to Helping Paws or the Woodstock Christmas Clearing House.

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