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Obituary for Cheryl G. Morrison

Cheryl Gaye Morrison, 65, passed away peacefully on September 4th, 2022 at her home in Southfield, Michigan. She was a graduate of North High School in Youngstown, Ohio in 1975. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and Master of Arts and Teaching of Special Education (Deaf and Blind) from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She retired from Detroit Public Schools in 2020 after working with deaf and blind students for her entire career.

Cheryl, who was affectionately known as “Sista or Sissy” by her family, was proficient in American sign language. She interned with the Miami school system and established life long friendships with her students and colleagues. During her career as an educator, she developed programs to enhance the educational and community activities of her deaf and blind students, such as learning sign language and personal life skills. She also introduced them to music, camping and horseback riding. She was instrumental in developing grants and scholarships for training programs for the disadvantaged and disabled. She was an accomplished seamstress, avid collector of books and black vintage art; she was the Morrison family historian. She enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Florida, Bahamas, Texas, and California to visit family and friends.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents James and Bettye Morrison, aunts Harriett Little, formerly of Youngstown, OH, and Bertha Davis, formerly of Texas. She is survived by brothers James Jr. (Shelley) of Ypsilanti, MI, Ronald of Twentynine Palms, CA, Jeffrey (Muriel) of Columbia, MD and Anthony (Sharon) of Brandywine, MD; nephews James III (Ryan) of Chelsea, MI, Anthony Jr. (Erica) of Columbia, MD, Brittany of Glen Burnie, MD, Anthony-Delroy of Laurel, MD, Devon (Ashley) Tyree of Gilbert, AZ, Eric (Stephanie) Tyree of Mt. Airy, MD, one grand-nephew, Brixton Green of Glen Burnie, MD, one aunt, Naomi Urbina of New Rochelle, NY and a host of cousins.

A memorial will be scheduled at a later date; in lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to the National Federation of the Blind (

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