Cheryl Ruth (née Sawle) Fairbanks, age 77 of Grand Rapids, passed away April 2, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marjory Sawle; mother-in-law, Ann Fairbanks; brothers-in-law, Robert Fairbanks and Thomas Berry; sister-in-law, Esther Swank; and very dear friend, Charles Gooder. Cheryl is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 57 years, William Fairbanks; daughters, Laura (Chad) Hanis, Julie Fairbanks; grandchildren, Megan, Katherine, Emma, and Jackson; siblings, Sydney Berry, Dave (Martha) Sawle, Carolyn (Dudley) DeWitt, Elisabeth (Joe) Monterusso; many nieces and nephews; in-laws, Debra Fairbanks, Harold (Eleanor) Fairbanks, Bruce Swank; and lifelong friend, Mary Kay Gooder. The family would like to send a special thanks to Abby Boyden, our beloved home health aide. Cheryl enjoyed traveling with her husband and family across the United States and looked forward to spending time in Florida during the winter. There will be a Celebration of Life at Thousand Oaks Country Club, 4100 Thousand Oaks Dr. NE, Grand Rapids 49525 on Saturday, April 9th from 2-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, Donation Processing Center, 989 Spaulding Ave. SE, Ada, MI 49301, or Alzheimer’s Association, West Michigan Region 2944 Fuller Ave., NE Grand Rapids, 49505.