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Cheryl A. Richards passed in the morning of July 15th, 2022 at home in Corrales, New Mexico with family and her favorite dog Cassie by her side.
Cheryl was born October 2, 1951, in Binghamton, NY. Cheryl is preceded in death by her parents, Paul W. Richards and Geraldine (Dickenson) Richards. She is survived by her husband, Gregor Nils Linde; Brothers, Mark and William Richards; Stepdaughters, Kristy, Keira, Amelia, and Sabrina Lord-Linde; Sister-in-law, Mary Richardson; Cousins Joan de Bruin and Judy Dickenson; Niece, Geri Baxter; Nephew, Soren Richards.
Cheryl lived her life with strength and commitment. Whatever she decided to do, she pursued it with endless focus and determination.
She was a leader in her field ensuring excellence in blood-banking operations with Presbyterian, Tricore Reference Laboratories, and UNM Hospitals. She enjoyed sharing her knowledge and best practices with institutions across the US and also co-authored a book, “PBM Metrics”, on standards for blood banks and transfusion services published by the American Association of Blood Banks in 2019.
Cheryl had many passions throughout life and was an accomplished athlete, especially in swimming, long-distance cycling and triathlons having won national titles in swimming while completing her B.S. at Purdue University. She also enjoyed horseback riding which she started at a young age in Kentucky and Montana along with hiking and skiing, two activities she shared with her husband and partner of nearly 25 years, Greg.
Cheryl was a child of nature, and her travels took her to far reaches of the earth as she pursued new ways to connect with natural beauty and adventure. Cheryl always made people feel welcome in her home and was often surrounded by the people, animals, and interests that received her complete devotion and love. Ever ready to dive into new hobbies that piqued her interest, she became known for her fragrant homemade soaps and culinary adventures as well as tending to her abundant gardens.
Cheryl and Gregor built a colorful, lively, and musical lifestyle in Corrales having moved to the quaint riverside village in 1998. Her two brothers, Mark and Bill shared many adventures with their darling little sister that many could only imagine, and her niece, nephew, and stepdaughters respected and adored her, spending many weekends exploring the New Mexico landscape.
Cheryl’s quiet wisdom and peaceful nature could calm the storms of all who knew her. A hug and a smile did the trick. We all were better for knowing her. Cheryl, you will be missed.
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