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“Cheryl and I had met when she was a case manager on the oncology unit. Our paths crossed several times over in working at Unity Point. I will not...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Nancy Fink - Waukee, IA - Friend

“I am blessed to call Cheryl my cousin. You touched so many lives in your short time here. Your kind spirit will be missed. God speed beautiful...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Paula Tabor - Alleman, IA

“Cheryl will be missed. She was a fabulous person, nurse and friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 26 | Posted by: Angela Runkel - Coworker

“I am so sorry for your loss Mike. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you and Mason at this time. Jan White ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: Jan White - Des Moines, IA

“I am privileged to call Cheryl a colleague and friend. Cheryl and I worked together for many years, sharing an office together for about 4 years, and...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Laura Baker - Des Moines, IA

“I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. Cheryl was a wonderful person. While I never had the opportunity to work closely with her, but every...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Robyn Witte - Indianola, IA

“Cheryl was truly one of the most kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I will never forget our lunches in the School of Nursing...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Tammy McQuerry - Altoona, IA

“My deepest sympathies to Cheryl's family & friends. She was an amazing nursing leader. I knew Cheryl through the Sigma Theta Tau organization. ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: Theresa Smith

“Great role model for nurses and a great friend to many. Always willing to help. ”
9 of 26 | Posted by: Colleen Sward - Waukee, IA

“In the years I worked at Unity Point, I looked forward to being on a committee or tackling a project with Cheryl. She had an excellent memory for...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Paulette Wood - Windsor Heights, IA

“My experience with Cheryl was always positive. She was so warm and caring and always had the patients best interest in mind. What a beautiful human...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Pat Busick - Des Moines, IA

“I had the honor of working with Cheryl at UnityPoint. She was the epitome of a lady always encompassing everyone with a kind smile and encouraging...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Shannon Lamb - Oskaloosa, IA

“We may have lost a friend this past week but heaven gained an angel to watch over us and guide us. Cheryl welcomed me to Des Moines over 8 years ago...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Jennifer Phillips

“I loved when Cheryl came to the ICU. She was the mark of a good nurse. Always wanting to do the right thing in a compassionate way. I dont think I...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Sue Hurd - Urbandale, IA

“Peace and love to you, Cheryl and family❤️ Heaven gained a Great One... ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Cari Kinsella - coworker

“My heart aches for the loss of such a wonderful person .I have know Cheryl for many years through UnityPoint. I have only seen Cheryl displaying...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Barb Smith - Des Moines, IA

“Cheryl..I was blessed to call you my friend. 25 years ago you took care of my brother on N5. Ever since, every time I would see you, you would ask...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Kathy Brakke - Urbandale, IA

“So very sorry fir your loss. Cheryl and I worked together at Unity Point on some projects. I loved her positive spirit and great ideas. She is missed ”
18 of 26 | Posted by: Linda Smith - Pleasant Hill, IA

“What can I say to capture the essence oh Cheryl. She was my mentor and colleague. More importantly she was my friend. She lead the way for the CNS...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Sarah Pandullo - friend

“God recieved a great one there. Have known Cheryl for 25 years, and can say that being a colleague of hers has been a pleasure. God speed young lady ”
20 of 26 | Posted by: Dave Johnson

“My HEART goes out to her family, she was one of the best nurses I ever met,she taught me much, she will be truly missed by thousands, I will truly...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Belinda Burkett - Des Moines, IA

“Cheryl was a true "nurse's nurse" - extremely smart and knowledgeable, but also so compassionate and kind. She had a great way of making complex...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Cheryl Mahoney - Waterloo, IA

“Cheryl was always helpful and knowledgeable. She looked at some problems that we had with EEG electrodes causing skin breakdown and she listened to...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Kay Huntimer - Friend

“Randy, Mike & Mason, I am so sorry for your loss of a Sister, Wife & Mother! She was a very Dear friend of mine as we grew up through all of our...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Vicki (Carlson) Zeimet - IA

“From the moment I met Cheryl while working at UnityPoint she became a friend, mentor, and colleague. It was an honor to call you my friend. Jason and...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Christopher Kirschbaum - IA

“Cheryl was the most caring professional nurse I had the privilege to work with in my career. Her depth of spirituality was sincere and Cheryl lived...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Cherry Shogren - Johnston, IA


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Cheryl Lynn (Tabor) Lillegraven, 53, of Johnston passed away June 17, 2017.
A visitation will be held 5 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at New Hope United Methodist Church (4525 Beaver Ave, Dsm, IA). A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 28th, also at the church.
Cheryl was born in Boone, Iowa June 18, 1964. She graduated from Grand Community High School in 1982, and then attended Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in Des Moines, graduating in 1985.
Following her graduation she went to work for Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas. A year later, she returned to Des Moines, and started working for Unity Point Des Moines Methodist, where she worked until her illness prevented her from working, in the fall of 2016.
During her career, Cheryl went on to further her education, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Mercy College in Des Moines, and then a Master's degree at Evansville, Indiana.
Cheryl worked on the nursing floor, and ended her career as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.
She belonged to the New Hope Methodist Church in Des Moines, where she was a very active member.
Cheryl loved spending time with family and friends, golfing, craft shows and her dog Charlie. She loved her nursing career and her work, and cared passionately for people. She was a great teacher and mentor for many.
She is survived by her husband Michael; her son Mason; a brother Randy; Aunts, Uncles, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Lois Tabor.