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The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank's mission is to fulfill the wishes of eye donors and their families to help another overcome blindness. The families of the donors below have chosen to honor the legacy left by their loved ones: the legacy of sight given to another through eye donation. Each of these donors moves, humbles and inspires us every day.

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In Loving Memory of

Cheryl Hughes

December 12, 1954 - June 7, 2016

Cheryl Anne Hughes, born December 28, 1954, in Sacramento, California, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2016. She spent her childhood as an Air Force dependent, moving frequently, until finally settling permanently in Colorado Springs in 1972. Above all, Cheryl cherished and respected her furry family, and they are her most important legacy. Cheryl was extraordinarily intelligent and skilled at critical thinking, objective evaluation, and usually advocated for ethical and moral action, however unpopular. She was dedicated, methodical and conscientious in her professional field. As a home health care CNA, her patients and patients' families appreciated and valued what she brought to her work. Her extensive library included book, audio book, music (classical and Celtic), and film collections. Cheryl was also an avid knitter and gardener, a fabulous cook and baker, and a passionate reader and nature lover. She was also conservative and quaintly old-fashioned, but she was also kind, generous, funny, and a little unconventional (think of a single long braid and Birkenstocks). Cheryl was an independent-thinker, and anyone who knew her would agree that she followed the sound of her own drum, usually to everyone's benefit and satisfaction in the end. Cheryl's only log entry in a new journal (while in Hospice) referenced a poem from Thomas Wolfe's You Can't Go Home Again, “Something has spoken to me in the night….” We love and miss you. Thank you to the Affordable Care Act; unfortunately, for Cheryl, it was available too late. She would be thrilled to know, however, that her corneas were able to help two other people after her passing. Interestingly enough, both were transplanted to recipients in Japan, where Cheryl spent two of her most formative, wonderful years in the late 1950s.