In Memory of Cheryl Cruickshank
Wife of Brad Cruickshank, CR Passes
Longtime NARI Atlanta member and past chapter president, Brad Cruickshank lost his lovely wife Cheryl this past Sunday.
Cheryl Cartledge Cruickshank drew her last breath just before midnight Sunday evening, November 12, at home with her husband and two daughters at her side. For nearly two years Cheryl underwent treatment at Emory Winship Clinic for a high risk case of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS – bone marrow cancer). She battled the disease with strength and grace, sustained by love, humor, and blood transfusions.
Cheryl and Brad lived in Ansley Park for over 30 years. There they remodeled two homes which Cheryl loved designing and decorating. She created many beautiful rooms that incorporated her beloved collections, including toleware trays and natural curiosities like shells, butterflies, and mineral specimens. Many of the local objects she found in the woods and pastures of Brad and Cheryl’s farm in Suches. She loved mowing on their John Deere tractor and exploring on the Kubota RTV with the family poodle. Creative and artistic, she loved painting. Her canvases were typically pastel abstracts. She also loved gardening (especially peonies); a passion inherited from her father. Her floral arrangements won several awards at the Atlanta Flower Shows.
Cheryl is survived by her husband of 31 years, Brad, daughter Claire Cruickshank and son-in-law Devon Martinez of Long Beach, CA, daughter India Cruickshank of Atlanta, stepson William A. Cruickshank II of Huntsville, AR, and sisters Deborah Edwards, Helen Hickey and Mary Poulos (Mrs. George) all of Atlanta.
The family invites friends to an informal open house at Cheryl and Brad’s home at 30 Golf Circle, NE on Saturday, November 18, 1-3pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to “Be the Match” bone marrow registry; www.bethematch.org. NARI Atlanta sends it deepest condolences and prayers to Brad and his family.