While the early morning sun rose over Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday, August 19, Sheryl Ann (Hendrix) Saksons, 71, passed away following a brief, but valiant fight against cancer.

Sheryl had defeated cancer once before, at the youthful age of 33 as a strong, independent woman, while raising three young children. The strength, compassion and unconditional love she demonstrated for her family during that difficult time were amongst the many fine qualities she displayed throughout her life, each of which served as lessons for her children, who carry on her legacy as parents to their own children today.

After a short-term hospital stay during her most recent battle, Sheryl befittingly returned home with her loving husband Ray Saksons, surrounded by a house full of family and friends. Home was unquestionably where her heart had always been, whether she and Ray were hosting an impromptu Saturday evening get together with friends or a formal holiday feast with family. Her home was eternally full of the love she created, as she made everyone feel welcome. While cancer ended Sheryl’s life, in no way did it define her life.

Sheryl was born in Indianapolis to Lloyd and Thelma Hendrix on December 30, 1946. She graduated St. Agnes All Girls High School in 1964. Throughout her professional career spanning four decades, she contributed to the success of various local companies in sales and accounting roles. In the office, Sheryl had a knack for creating long-standing friendships with colleagues and clients alike. However, Sheryl believed her greatest accomplishments were raising her three children and marrying Ray in October of 1988, who was the love of her life.

Sheryl was preceded in death by her father Lloyd and mother Thelma. While Sheryl will be missed indescribably, her memory will live on through her brother Tom, husband Ray, children Denise Smulevitz (Morry), Joe Farr (Jess) and Allison Thorpe (Leonard), step-son Jonathan Saksons and 7 adoring grandchildren; Olivia, Mackenzie, Madison, Sophia, Marissa, Aidan and Jaxson, along with cousins, nephews and nieces.

Sheryl’s husband Ray and her children will welcome family and friends to a celebration of Sheryl’s life from 12pm to 6pm on Saturday August 25 at her home in Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in her honor.