Cheryl Jean Finders Barlow was born May 21, 1921, in the small central Iowa community of Ferguson in Marshall County, the daughter of James Robert and Joye Finders. She passed away on May 17, 2013, in McKinney, Texas, four days short of her 92nd birthday. Cheryl is survived by one brother, Lawrence Finders, 100 years old, of West Covina, California; a son, Stephen Doud and his wife Carolyn of Plano, Texas; and daughters-in-law Sue Warrington-Doud of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and Diane Doud of Garland, Texas. Cheryl is also survived by eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren with another on the way, and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by sons Philip Doud and David Doud, husbands Walter Doud and Lewis Barlow, sister Beulah Stewart and brother Gordon Finders.
Cheryl married Walter Doud in 1937. They lived in a number of communities over the course of their marriage, including Ferguson where two of their sons were born. The family also lived in Chicago (Illinois), Des Moines (Iowa) and Bangor, Maine, where Walter was stationed during the Korean War. Following the war they moved back to Iowa, living in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines again before settling in West Des Moines in 1956. Cheryl worked at the Des Moines Register and Tribune as an executive secretary for many years during the late 1950's and throughout the decade of the 1960's. In 1967 she married Lewis Barlow, and following Lew's retirement they headed to warmer climates, living in a number of communities in Arizona (Phoenix area) and Texas (Dallas area, Tyler and Athens) closer to many of her children and grandchildren.
Cheryl loved to play the piano and the organ, which she continued into her late 80's, and enjoyed singing old songs with members of her family whenever they got together. She also loved to reminisce about growing up with her siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles in the small town of Ferguson. Even though she moved away from the community and lived in many different places around the country over the course of her life, her heart really never left Marshall County, Iowa. She enjoyed a long and wonderful life, maintained a strong faith in God, and was always and forever an optimist. She was a sweet lady, loved by all, always with a sunny disposition whose goal in life was to help bring happiness to everyone around her. Cheryl Jean Finders Barlow will be missed by all she left behind in this world, but is most certainly now enjoying the reunion with all her family and friends who moved on before her.
An informal memorial service will take place at 1:00 pm on Friday, June 28 at the Ferguson Community Center.