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Cheryl Marie Cawthon Kight

July 3, 2012

It is with a heavy heart that Charles and Patsy Cawthon announce the passing of their daughter. She joined our Lord in Heaven on June 26, 2012.

Cheryl Marie Cawthon was born in Wichita Kansas on April 19, 1955. She was a very pretty, outgoing gregarious child who never met a stranger. During her junior year of high school her father was transferred to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. It was there she would meet the love of her life and future husband, Martin Phillip Kight, whose father was also stationed at Nellis AFB.

The two married Aug. 3, 1974, and remained in Las Vegas to build their life together. They had a wide circle of friends and were known for their parties, barbecues and family celebrations. Cher was an unbelievable cook and gracious hostess who loved to entertain her friends and family.

After a career in the sign business, Cher decided to open her own company and became the first female electrical contractor in the state of Nevada. While operating Metro Neon and Lighting, Cher pursued civic duties, including chairing the Las Vegas Community Development Recommending Board.

After closing her company, Cher joined Martin-Harris Construction in a position that allowed her to continue her enthusiasm for community involvement. As the federal programs director, Cher became actively involved in organizations such as the National Association of Minority Contractors, National Association of Women Business Owners and Society of Military Engineers.

She became a distinguished panelist and keynote speaker at many events, including the Annual Department of Energy Small Business Conference and various Small Business Administration Conferences in Washington D.C.
Cher was a remarkable and compassionate woman. She was an adoring wife, devoted daughter, amazing mother, caring sister, thoughtful sister-in-law, loving aunt, loyal friend and a wonderfully overindulgent, marvelous grandmother.

Cher is survived by her devoted husband, Martin Kight; her parents, Charles and Patsy Cawthon; her sisters, Charmain Beall and Vanessa Falkoff; her daughter and son-in-law, Austin Kight and Robert Ashby; and the second love of her life, her grandson, Jack Ashby.

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