Cheryl Little, age 87, recently of Imlay City, MI, died Sunday, November 19, 2023, at Serene Gardens Assisted Living of Imlay City. Cheryl Elise Mickelson was born May 30, 1936, in San Francisco, California. She is the daughter of the late Vernon and the late Priscilla (Wightman) Mickelson. Cheryl grew up in Sacramento area, CA and moved in 1944 with her family to Washington D.C., then Shaker Heights, OH, and then to Birmingham, MI. Cheryl had lived several years on her small farm near Leonard, MI. Recently (the last 3 years) she had lived at Serene Gardens Assisted Living in Imlay City, where she was surrounded by the staff that had become like family, where she was loved and cherished.

She is a graduate of Birmingham High School. Cheryl continued her education and attended Antioch College in OH, earning her Bachelor’s degree in social work, then attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned her Master’s degree in Psychiatric Social Work. Later in life, Cheryl attended Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, MI and earned her Master’s degree in Special Education.

She owned and operated a private practice as a psychiatric social worker in Rochester Hills, MI from 1975-2000. In 2000, Cheryl became employed as a Special Education Teacher for Macomb Intermediate School District before retiring in 2008. Early in her career, she was employed as a social worker at the State Hospital in Pontiac, MI.

Cheryl is survived by her daughter, Heather (John Austin) Lynd Little of Shelby Township, MI; son, Michael Kingsley Little of Leonard, MI; her sister, Linda (Edward) Marcuse of Seattle, WA; her grandchildren, Chase Ryan Dietrich, Duncan Michael Little, Sage Alice Little, Gavyn Kingsley Little and Orion Happly Little; nephews, Andrew (Katie) Mickelson and Nick ( Deb) Mickelson.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Priscilla Michelson; and her former husband, Jack Ryan Little.

A private family memorial is being planned for the spring time at the family farm.

Arrangements for Cheryl’s cremation have been entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City, MI.

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