Cheryl Ann Watkins was born October 16, 1941 to Ward and Florence (Oswell) Watkins in Cloquet, Minnesota. She graduated from Cloquet High School in 1959. In 1963, she earned a Bachelor of Science in History from the University of Minnesota at Duluth. She began teaching in the Fargo Public School system that same year, where she taught at Agassiz and later at Fargo South High School until her retirement in 1998. She continued assisting with South’s speech, student congress and debate team for several years after her retirement. Cheryl also represented District 21 as a Republican in the North Dakota House from 1973 to 1976.
Cheryl enjoyed coaching speech and debate, traveling and the Girls Scouts. She was North Dakota debate coach of the year in 1989, 1991 and 1995, as well as the Communication, Speech and Theater Association of North Dakota teacher of the year in 1990. She was inducted into the CSTAND Hall of Fame in 2002. She was active in Girls Scouts both as a child and adult. She developed life-long friendships through scouting that she dearly cherished. Cheryl traveled the world and enjoyed numerous South America, Africa and Asia trips. Most recently she toured many parts of Europe on river cruises and also met fellow travelers who would become dear friends along the way.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her brother and parents. She is survived by her nephew Steve Watkins of California and Suzanne Schaunaman of Minnesota and countless friends and students who will remember her fondly. Per her wishes, there will be no service.