Cheryl Elaine (Botler) Hawkins
After over 44 years in an arduous fight with Multiple Sclerosis
and a short bout with the COVID-19 virus, on Tues., April 13,
2021 God gave Cheryl Elaine (Botler) Hawkins her freedom from
this earth realm.
Born May 9, 1950 in Seattle, WA, Cheryl was the second of five
daughters born to the late Alvin H. and Maxine Botler(Bibb).
She was preceded in transitioning by two of her younger
siblings, Arlene Lynette and Gordon Dean Botler.
Ms. Hawkins was the initial child of “Al and Mac” to be smitten
with the musical bug. At the age of seven she flourished with it.
Shortly after her grandmother(the late Dorothy “Docie” Botler)
noticed that “Sheri”, as she was affectionately called, had a
natural knack for harmony and putting notes together on the
piano, she sought out a teacher. Later, one of her music
instructors would quip that Sheri was “one of the most
incredible sight readers I’ve ever seen.”
Soon young Cheryl was competing — and winning - a variety of
classical piano competitions. During her adolescence she played
and sang in her alma mater Garfield High School’s choir, the
Choraleers under the direction of Parker Cook and a number of
churches, including Seattle’s People’s Institutional Baptist.
A phenomenal, determined woman who always had high
expectations and standards, Ms. Hawkins was a mentor to
young girls with considerable aplomb. She was a stickler for
perfection and didn’t believe in the word “can’t”. This was
evident when she applied to be a troop leader in the Girls
Scouts of America. Her unique skills in leading afforded her the
chance to travel abroad to Tunisia in North Africa.
Her foresight, master typing - she easily and flawlessly typed
85-90 words a minute — and organizational skills made her a
lock as an Administration Executive Assistant where she worked
in Washington, D.C. before being diagnosed with Multiple
Cheryl is survived by her sisters Roberta L. Banks(Los Angeles,
CA) and Pamela K. Botler, Wendy A. Hoard, brothers Byron A.
and Alvin C-C Botler; nephews Martin J. Banks(all of Seattle,
WA); Sheldon D. Botler, Alvin F. and Brian L. Henderson(alI in
LA) and Benjamin D Hoard( Dallas, TX); nieces Ashel E. Carter
(Dallas, TX), Samantha K. Henderson (Sacramento, CA) and
Olivia MacDonald(Seattle); grand-nephews Jeffrey Emon Banks
and Marquise Breaux-Banks(both of Seattle) and Ever
Henderson(LA); grand-nieces Leah, A’Niyia and great grand
nephew Emon Jeffrey Banks(Seattle) and a host of friends and
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