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Cheryl Lynn Moats

November 30, 2021

Cheryl Lynn Moats, 72, of Cincinnati, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021, surrounded by her family.

Cheryl was the daughter of the late Stanley and Louise (Holcomb) Dearth. Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, she graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Deaf Education, earned her Master’s degree in Education of the Deaf at the University of Cincinnati, and was a teacher for the hearing impaired in the greater Cincinnati area until her retirement. She was a woman of deep and lifelong faith, most recently attending Springdale Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed travel and mission work, and cherished her mission experiences in Brazil, Slovakia, and South Africa, among others. She was a devoted daughter, sister, mother, aunt, niece, and Oma, a wonderful listener, a giver of heartfelt hugs. Her youthful spirit was infectious; she especially loved talking with her grandchildren and sharing in their discoveries. She was open and accepting, seeing the good in people, and she was aboundingly generous, taking pleasure in sharing anything she had. She cared deeply for others, and found ways to show love and kindness to friends, family, neighbors and strangers every day of her life.

Cheryl leaves behind a son, Justin (Rhonda) Moats, daughter, Meghan (Jody) Healey, grandchildren, Hollis Moats and Autumn and Ember Healey, sister, Lorna (Dwight) Robbins, brother, Dennis (Lisa) Dearth, aunt, Carol (Paul) Priest, nieces & nephews, Jennifer, Melanie, Kayla, Hannah, Jacob, and Ethan; great-nieces & nephews, Mekay, Liam, and Dawson, and other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and a beloved brother, David Dearth.

Visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 7th at Springdale Church of the Nazarene, 11177 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio. Service will begin at 11 a.m.; interment will follow in Chillicothe, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution to any charity of choice would honor Cheryl’s giving spirit. She supported many charitable organizations, including World Vision ( and, as a cancer survivor, the Cancer Support Community Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky ( Special care provided by Hodapp Funeral Homes, 6410 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., Liberty Township, Ohio. Condolences may be made to the family at

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