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Cheri Robbin Smith

After a long courageous struggle with cancer, Cheri went to be with our Lord on January 12, 2019. Cheri was born November 15, 1958 in Oakland, Ca and was lovingly adopted by the late Ward and Dorothy Powell as an infant. Cheri was an avid lover of animals and the arts. Cheri served as a Board member for the Suffolk Humane Society and the Portsmouth Humane Society. She volunteered for the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. Cheri served as stage manager and actress for Tracy Community Theater and Stockton Community Theater in California. She was a member of the support crew of the Academy Award winning short film “Day of Independence”.

Cheri attended Ohlone College in Fremont, Ca and studied computer science and accounting. Cheri worked for Chevron Corporation as a systems analyst and moved to Suffolk, VA in 2007. In Virginia, Cheri worked for Virginia Paving, 84 Lumber, and Burlington Coat Factory. She was a member of the Tidewater Builders Association/Builders Trade Academy.

Cheri is survived by her husband and partner of 31 years, William Smith, Daughter Danielle Metcalf (Scott), Sister Mary Ochoa (Steve), step children Tammie Metten (Greg), Roy Smith (Pam), Kellie Hays (Chris), Jill Dose (David), 10 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Donations can be made to the animal shelter of your choice and hospice.  

A memorial service will be held on January 19, 2019 at 2 PM at Baker-Foster Funeral Home, 5685 Lee Farm Lane, Suffolk VA by Pastor Curtis Davis. The family will receive friends following the service in the reception hall at the funeral home.

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Billy, Please know that Diana and I were saddened when we heard Cheri had lost her battle against cancer. Though we met her only a couple times, we could tell right away she was a wonderful, loving, and compassionate person. Cheri, you, and your family will be in our thoughts, prayers, and hearts. Ray and Diana Troiano

Ray and Diana Troiano May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to learn of Cheris loss. She truly was a friend to animals, and our community is all the better because of her work on their behalf. I worked with her for a while with Suffolk Humane and enjoyed her beautiful heart and spirit. Please know that I am thinking of her and her family and wishing you comfort and peace.

Kay Hurley May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Bill, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Our hearts are broken. All our love, Mary, Steve and Steven

Mary Ochoa May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss, as it was much too soon! Thankfully we have the assurance that we'll see her setting up and gracing the stages in heaven and loving on those animals! She made such a difference in everything she did. My prayers are with you! <3 <3 <3

Deborah Littleton May 13 2021 12:00 AM

You are an Angel , CheriThank you for being such a great support for me during our sessions of chemo and throughout our journey. We only met a few times but I AM so thankful to have met an Angel like you, Cheri. My prayers and condolences for the family. Rest well, Cheri

Cheryl May 13 2021 12:00 AM