Cheryl Guthrie

Cheryl Guthrie, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri on August 20th, 1945 to Theodore and Ruth Marrens, Cheryl graduated from Central High School and later received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Education from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Cheryl taught high school English at Central High in St. Joseph after graduating college, but then moved back to Columbia where she met the love of her life, got married, started a family and became a business owner. Cheryl owned New Beginning Consignment Clothing for over 30 years until she retired at the age of 69.

She is survived by her husband, William (Tree), her children; LaSandra, Amber and André, her son-in-laws; Ronnie, Richard and Brad and her grandsons; Marquis and Anthony. She was preceded in death by her parents; Theodore and Ruth Marrens, and her granddaughter Imani.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Columbia Parks and Recreation, P.O Box 6015, Columbia MO 65205-6015. Please include “Donation: Cheryl Guthrie” in the memo line.

Memorial services will be held at Unity Center of Columba, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203 at 11:30am on Monday, February 5, 2018.


  1. Deb Sprague on February 2, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Dear Friends – Tree, LaSandra, Amber, Andre and the rest of Cheryl’s amazingly beautiful family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Beyond the sweet sharing among yourselves at this difficult time, I hope your hearts may also be comforted by knowing how many lives Cheryl touched so sweetly – with her striking love and beauty, humor and wit, art and music-making, and ever-expanding sense of justice and compassion for all living things in this world and beyond. I will deeply miss my sweet sister friend for the rest of my days and will always be tremendously grateful for the time we had. I take heart in our shared belief that beyond these human egos and experience, We truly are All One and that ultimately, Love IS All there Is. Prayers for your comfort and peace, now and always ….. and a huge loving send-off for you, dearest Cheryl. May your next chapter be as awesome and exciting as we’ve imagined! Love you always! <3
    Love you All!

  2. Bryan Norman on February 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Cheryl was a great mom with her children as her wonderful legacy. She will be missed constantly, but her family will remain close and continue caring deeply for one another and being there for each other. God bless you all and keep your faith strong.

  3. Nirtana Goodman on February 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    It has been a privilege to know and love Cheryl and be inspired by her love, creativity, and energy. What a dancer! Love to her on her continuing journey and the family and friends who will miss her so much.

  4. Yvonne Madole on February 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    My deepest sympathies for you all. Cheryl was such an amazing woman. So kind caring and soft spoken. She will be deeply missed.

  5. Carol Schultz on February 3, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Cheryl, rest in peace! I loved your enthusiastic drumming at many events. You will be missed.

  6. Frank Schmidt on February 3, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    A wonderful neighbor – she will be missed. Condolences to Tree and the family.

  7. Lynn on February 3, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    What a loss for our town. Cheryl will always be remembered. Much love.

  8. Ann Marie Long on February 4, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Even in the most brief of interactions, Cheryl and Tree have always been lit from within by their quiet, joyful kindness. I never knew them well, but I well-loved each moment I knew them. Blessings, and Gratitude for Being such a Lovely part of this community.

  9. Paula Carter Vanlandingham on February 4, 2018 at 7:28 am

    I know that Imani accepted Cheryl into heaven with her brilliant smile and loving hug, and the thought they are together now is a sweet comfort.

  10. Amy Dove on February 4, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Cheryl Guthrie taught me many lessons but the most important and most repeated was one of tolerance and forgiveness. May your way across the veil be lit well friend ?

  11. Arch Brooks on February 4, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    My deepest condolences goes out to the Guthrie family. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one.

  12. Judy, Kelly & Tracy Pace on February 4, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    We were very, very happy to meet Andre’s family at Andre & Brad’s wedding! Cheryl had a warm, beautiful smile that came from her heart. She shared her love openly with all.
    How missed she will be by your family & friends! You will carry her life & teachings within your minds & hearts each day!
    Our sincere thoughts & prayers are with each of you ???

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