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R. Cheryl (Holman) Donaldson 1944-2022


R. Cheryl (Holman) Donaldson of Northampton, MA, formerly of Pittsfield, MA, died peacefully at home on December 21, 2022. She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald Davis, sister, Janice Horn, and parents, Pauline and Edward Holman of Pittsfield. She leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Alyssa and Kyle Richardson, two grandchildren, Cassidy and Cameron, and her fur grand pup, Penny. She also leaves behind her brother and sister-in-law, Julian and Laura Horn of South Carolina. Next to family, her core group of friends were the most dear to her, and their many years of support, laughter, love, and friendship were what helped her during the hard times and made the good times that much more special.


Cheryl was an extraordinary collector and connector of people. Her passion for people led her to touch the lives of many—across the globe—and lead to a life of travel, deep connections, and fulfillment. She will live on in the hearts of all the people she has touched


Cheryl graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1961 and attended Berkshire Community college, Brooklyn college, Programming and Systems institute in New York City. She also attended and graduated from the Smith College Management program.


Cheryl retired from Smith College after 32 years, having held many positions—she started in the Admission Office as Assistant Director and ended as the Director of Desktop Services. Cheryl had more titles and positions at Smith than most as her jobs changed with technology. She was chairman of the Recycling committee, a member of the Activities committee, point person for Ergonomics, and took a turn as Chairman of United Way.


Her love of jewelry led her to pursue and establish her own business which she ran for over thirty years. Helping people find the right piece to mark special occasions in their lives was an extension of her passion for people.


She has been a longtime member of the Easthampton Rotary Club, where she served as President, and was involved on the District level with Group Study Exchanges and the Ambassadorial scholarship program.


Donations can be made to Project Amigo, 936B 7th St., #168, Novato, CA 94945,

or Easthampton Rotary Club, PO Box 15, Easthampton, MA 01027.


A private burial will take place in the springtime, as Cheryl requested.


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