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Cheryl Patricia O'Reilly

June 17th, 1949 to September 4th, 2004 —

Cheryl was born to Dave and Gloria Rotbart on June 17th, — 1949 in Los Angeles, California and spent her childhood years not far — from the sandy beaches of Malibu, the palm trees of Beverly Hills and — the movie stars in Hollywood. Cheryl graduated from Venice High School — in 1967 and attended Valley State University where she met and married — Al O' Reilly in 1974.

One of Cheryl's deepest loves was music and during the — early 70's, Cheryl got her first big break as an administrative assistant — for On Stage Publications which published the concert programs for major — rock and roll venues in Los Angeles. By 1975, Cheryl was able to parlay — her background as part of the LA "rock scene" to obtain a job as executive — administrative assistant to Michael Dilbeck at Columbia Records in the — A&R Department responsible for developing and promoting new talent in — the music business. During this time, Cheryl received a platinum record — to acknowledge her work in support of the rock band and — also was involved with such artists as Boz Scaggs, Dave Mason, Kenny Loggins, — Neil Diamond, Earth, Wind and Fire and others.

Cheryl moved to Medford, Oregon with Al in 1979 and her — first daughter, Jessica Paige O'Reilly was born June 22, 1981 followed — by her second daughter, Samantha Paulette O'Reilly born on November 7, — 1986. It was during this time that Cheryl rediscovered the roots of her — Jewish heritage and became an active member of Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, — Oregon. Cheryl was fierce in her love for her two daughters and shared — her Jewish faith through her girls in having each study Torah to have — Bat Mitzvahs on their 13th birthdays. It was also during this time that — Cheryl became active in the Junior Service League of Southern Oregon and — donated her time abundantly.

Over her 25 years in the Rogue Valley, Cheryl continued — to distinguish herself through her work at Rogue Valley Medical Center, — Harry and David, Medford Mail Tribune, Regency Blue Cross, FTD and the — Real Estate book. In all these endeavors, her warmth and compassion accompanied — by unbridled optimism touched lives and won her friends.

One of Cheryl's finest moments occurred during the period — from November 2003 to July 2004 during which time she served as a devoted — daughter and primary at home hospice caretaker for her mother, Gloria, — allowing her to pass on in the comfortable, loving surroundings of her — home with dignity.

Cheryl loved to garden, loved music, attended Britt Festival — whenever she could, was a hopelessly devoted mother and was aptly characterized — as a "lively woman with a big heart." Cheryl had a passion for Democratic — politics, was a friend to others from all walks of life including stray — pets (dogs, cats and bunnies) in particular and through her retail therapy, — attempted to single-handedly bring Oregon out of its recent recession.

It's safe to say that friends and family alike loved her — and will miss her!

Ironically, after patiently waiting for her mother's passing, — it was Cheryl's renewed passion for living that found her hiking the trail — to Rainie Falls on the Rogue River the day of her earthly departure.

It — is hoped that her unexpected, tragic ending will result in good things — as those touched through her life continue to live in honor and memory — of Cheryl.

Cheryl is survived by her father, Dave Rotbart, her brother — Richard (wife Laurie and children Dustin, Sean & Kelly) Rotbart of Central — Point, Oregon, her daughters Jessica (husband Kelly and son Sameh) of — Miami, Florida and Samantha, her cousins Jeffrey (son Ryan and grandson — Samuel) Bear and Michael (wife Debra and children Daniel & Brianne) Bear, — her ex-husband Al and her half-sister Laura Lake.

Funeral services will be held at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 — East Main Street, Ashland on Thursday, September 9, 2004 at 12 noon. A — graveside service will follow at 3pm at the Jacksonville Cemetery in the — Jewish Section.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Temple Emek — Shalom General Fund, PO Box 1197, Ashland, OR 97520 or CATS (Committed — Alliance to Strays) P.O. Box 56, Medford, OR 97501.