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Cheryl Rachel Mendenhall 1968 - 2021
Cheryl Rachel Mendenhall 1968 - 2021

Cheryl Rachel Mendenhall, 56, passed away on October 11, 2021, at Azria Health after being a special part of Rosewood Services since 2005. She was born on September 11, 1968, at Wichita, Kan. and blessed in joining her parents, James N. & Elvera (Serbin) Riemann. 

A longtime resident of Barton County, Cheryl was a very cheerful, fun loving, person who enjoyed socializing with her peers. From her time working at Pizza Hut, which she was very proud of, clear thru her time at Rosewood Services NextDoor, after her failing health, she was very upbeat and social. She was well known for her joking, ornery personality and big smile.   She enriched others’ lives in the good times and in the bad; she loved to be around others in the community or at her home.  Cheryl enjoyed going out and about, whether that was to play Bingo, go shopping, going out to eat, or getting her hair done. She developed many friendships through her years and enjoyed her time with company around her, watching movies, listening to music, or playing card games. She rode horses out at the Rosewood Ranch and was a participant in the annual Rodeo. She enjoyed being outdoors in the garden tending to the tomatoes, or at the Ranch in the orchard, harvesting the apples, grapes, and berries.  She had a very bright, shining personality and will be greatly missed, by all those that were blessed in knowing her. 

Survivors include her 3 children, son, Lonnie Mendenhall and grandchildren of Atchinson, KS; daughter, Geraldine (Matthew) Beals, and grandchildren, Rachael, Elliott, and Elaine of Clatskanie, OR; twin sister Carol (Henry) Rowe of Salina, KS; brother, James (Leah) Riemann, Jr., of Bismark, SD and sister Tammy.   She was preceded in passing by her parents.    

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 25, 2021, at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend, with Pastor Larry Schumacher presiding.  A dinner for her family and friends will be held after in celebration of Cheryl’s life. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS 67530 

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 22, 2021