Cheryl D. Niedens, a loving mother, dutiful member of her community, and a wonderful friend, left this earthly realm to graduate to Heaven on October 5, 2023. Born on August 25, 1945, in Hays, Kansas, to Bernie J. and Velma F. Smith, Cheryl's story is one of resilience, dedication, and an undying love for her family and community. \n\nRaised in Holyrood, Kansas, Cheryl's journey led her to marry L. D. Niedens on May 29, 1969. Cheryl moved to Garden City where she was co-owner of APX Printing with L. D. for fifteen years. Prior to this, Cheryl worked for the United Telephone Company in Russell and Ellinwood, Kansas. Even after retirement, her dedication to work and community service saw her continue as a part-time secretary for her church in Garden City, Kansas. Cheryl was a woman of many talents and passions, one of them being her love for music. Her fingers danced on the piano keys, gracing her church with beautiful melodies for many years.\n\nBeyond her professional accomplishments, Cheryl was known for her warm heart and the love she bestowed upon those around her. She was an active member of the VFW in Garden City, and her dedication to service was palpable in every aspect of her life. But perhaps the sweetest memory many will have of Cheryl is her delicious chocolate chip cookies. Her 'specialty' as she called it, these cookies brought joy to many, just as Cheryl herself did.\n\nSurvivors include her daughter, Dana Hammond and husband Marvin of Liberal, KS, and a son, Darin Niedens of Louisville, KY; five grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by L.D.’s sons’ Mike and Craig and their families. \n\nShe is preceded in death by her daughter, Denise Henley; husband, L. D. Niedens; parents, Bernie and Velma Smith; a brother, Bernie Dean Smith; and a sister, Carole J. Brack. \n\nThere will be no viewing as cremation has taken place, and a private family service will be held at a later date.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are to the Cheryl D. Niedens Memorial Fund. Checks can be made payable to Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1200, Sublette, KS 67877. Condolences may be left online at WeeksFamilyFuneralHome.com\n\nWe invite you to share your memories of Cheryl, to upload photos that capture her spirit, and to celebrate the life of a woman who lived every day to its fullest. Her obituary is not a goodbye, but a testament to a life well-lived, as we remember Cheryl for the incredible woman she was. We encourage you to leave memories and upload photos to the memorial page as we continue to celebrate Cheryl's life and the indelible impact she had on our lives.