Cheri Lea Johnson passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021 in Chandler, Arizona. Cheri was born September 23, 1946 in Davenport, Iowa to Velvia and Robert “Digger” O’Dell. Cheri was raised in Southern California and married her high school sweetheart Richard Johnson. They raised two children, Christi Lea and Todd Ross, and moved to Arizona in 1984.
Cheri worked at Marcos de Niza, Tempe, and Desert Vista High Schools, and she retired from Tempe Union High School District. She enjoyed dates at the theatre, going to the movies, and taking care of her cats and tortoises. She loved to entertain family and friends at cocktail hour and would stay up late reading. Cheri was loved for her sassy attitude and generous heart.
Cheri lived for her family. She is survived by Rich, her husband of 57 years, her daughter Christi and son-in-law Robert, her son Todd and her daughter-in-law Dawn, her grandchildren Jake, Cheyne, Payson, Lauren, and Omar, niece Cindi and her husband George. She will be loved forever and ever.