Cheryl Ann Slowik, 74, otherwise known as “Mi Mi,” made her final journey home to be with Jesus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Cheryl was born June 14, 1946, in Fall River, Massachusetts, to Mary and Francis Duckett. She spent the early part of her life in Fall River and eventually resided along the coast at Westport, Massachusetts, where she met and fell in love with her adoring husband of 28 years, Thomas Slowik.
Cheryl retired from Massachusetts Rehabilitation Center after 30 rewarding years of service. She loved to make people laugh and to bring special people in her life joy through the most thoughtful of gifts. There was never any animal or baby that Cheryl did not adore. Her world especially revolved around her two grandchildren, Peyton and Bryson Furtado. From the times of their births, Mi Mi repeatedly reminded them they were loved, “to the moon and back, a bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck!”
It was bittersweet for Cheryl, in 2019, to bid farewell to family, friends and the life she had always known in Massachusetts. Yet, she was extremely excited to pack up her belongings and head down south to Wilmington, where she could spend the remainder of her days near her son and his family. While residing in Wilmington, Cheryl also relished in her Sunday morning worship time, Sunday school meetings in the Wells class and weekly Senior Adult Luncheons with First Baptist Church.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her father, Francis; mother, Mary; and husband, Tom.
She is survived by her son, Brian Furtado; daughter-in-law, Kim; and grandchildren, Peyton and Bryson.
A celebration of Cheryl’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Pine Valley Baptist Church on Shipyard Boulevard.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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