January 3, 2022
Cheryl Mae Bickle (nee Crummy) passed away suddenly on January 3, 2022 in Palm Springs, CA.
She was predeceased by her parents Heather Belle McClary and Byron Joseph Crummy, husband Philip Edward Bickle (2005) and son Edward “Craig” Bickle (2011).
She is survived by daughter Tracy Ellis (Howie), grandchildren Brandon Ellis (Alison) and Kali Collins (Josh) and great grandchildren Everly and Kennedy Collins and Bodhi Ellis. They were the apple of her eye.
She is also mourned by her sisters Sandra Gallaway (Bill) and Barry Anne Bury (Dick-passed 2016) and nieces and nephew Corrie White (Eric), Tara Beaucamp (Craig), Sheri Proctor(Chris) and David Bury(Suwannee).
Cheryl was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta in 1939 and followed in succeeding years by sisters Sandra and Barry Anne. Their life changed suddenly when their father died unexpectedly when they were ages 7, 6 and 5 and they forged a sisterly bond, with Cheryl as the ringleader, for the rest of their lives. She bossed them around and they listened…..sometimes, but she was always their protector.
After settling first in Port Hardy where the Crummy sisters raised havoc and then in Comox, she graduated from Courtenay High School in 1957 and in 1958 married Phil Bickle. After a brief stint living in Victoria they returned to Courtenay where both Tracy and Craig were born. After selling their company in 1989 Phil and Cheryl became dual Canada/US Citizens and spent half time in each Palm Springs and Courtenay.
Cheryl spent many years as a member of the Comox Valley Curling Club and Sunnydale Golf Club representing both as Ladies Club President and was always willing to put her time in.
She also enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas , New York, Hawaii with her family and grandkids as well as multiple ocean cruises and European river cruises with high school pal Norma Rankin (passed 2015).
She was an avid golfer and in 2005 she won the Ladies Club Championship at Cathedral Canyon Country Club in Palm Springs. She was a very proud mother when in following years Tracy won the club championship and they became the only mother /daughter combo to have won this event.
Cheryl was a devoted mother and nana. She never missed a game or event that her kids were involved in. She was loyal and feisty and nicknamed “The Rottweiler” by her sisters for a reason.
She was faced with many health challenges during the past few years but met them head on. Her untimely passing was right before a scheduled visit from her newest great granddaughter, Bodhi.
We will miss her, dearly.
Service to be announced in the spring.
Love you forever.
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