Cheryl Ann Hamilton McClaren, 70, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, formerly of Norwich, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in her sleep at her home.
Cheryl was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to John Thomas Hamilton and Betty Jane Abbott Hamilton. Her parents moved to Greensburg, Kansas when she was a year old. She is a graduate of Greensburg High School and Wichita State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education.
Cheryl married her husband, Fredrick Thomas McClaren, in 1972 and moved to Norwich, Kansas, where she taught Band and Choir for 35 years. After Fred passed, Cheryl moved to Colorado Springs to live with her daughter, Sarah Moore, and Sarah’s husband, Joseph in 2010. Soon after, her son, Phillip McClaren, and his wife, Tamara, moved to Colorado Springs in 2017 to be closer to Cheryl. Cheryl enjoyed her retirement by traveling with friends, visiting family, playing her Tuba and other brass instruments in up to 9 local musical groups, spending time with her good friend, Gordon Curtis, and watching her beloved grandson, Liam Thomas Moore.
Cheryl is survived by her three sisters: Betty Jo Sunley (husband, Jim), Lisa Kay Cleveland (husband, Thomas) and Penny Sue Hodge (husband, David); son, Phillip Andrew McClaren (wife, Tamara Marie); daughter, Sarah Annette Moore (husband, Joseph Lee); and her beloved grandson, Liam Thomas Moore.
Two life celebrations are being planned: Saturday, September 28, 2019 in Colorado Springs (please contact family or Shrine of Remembrance for further information); and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Norwich Christian Church, 339 Main Street, Norwich, Kansas 67118. In lieu of flowers, donations made in Cheryl’s name may be made to bringingmusictolife.org.