Cherry Groom

Cherry A. Groom, 66, of Winfield, passed away on Tuesday morning, March 10, 2020, at Fountain View Nursing and Rehab Center in Rose Hill.

A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, at Second Baptist Church in Winfield. Inurnment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery in Coffeyville.

A memorial has been established in Cherry’s name for the Alzheimer’s Association. Contributions can be made through Miles Funeral Service. Online condolences can be made at

Born Aug. 21, 1953, in Coffeyville, Cherry was the daughter of William R. and Alene Michelle (Pearson) Groom. She was raised and educated in southeast Kansas and attended high school in Oxford. While in high school, Cherry was a member of the football team.

She married Bruce Hayes, and the couple moved to California for a short time before returning to Oxford to make their home. To this union, a son, Tim, was born. The couple later divorced.

Cherry later married Gary Walker, and the couple made their home in Winfield. To this union, two sons, Jeremy and Casey, were born. The couple later divorced.

Cherry worked most of her life as a certified nursing assistant, first at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center and later in home health for many area residents. She retired as a CNA in 2012.

She enjoyed visiting with people, caring for others and spending time with family and friends. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Cherry was preceded in death by a sister, Debra Fuzzell, and a brother, Billy R. Groom.

Her family includes her sons, Tim Hayes, of Minnesota, Jeremy Walker and wife, Sharon, of Winfield, and Casey Walker and wife, Abbey, of Derby; her sister, Eileen Downen and husband, Rick, of El Dorado; her grandchildren, Chance Hayes, Chase Hayes, Cody Hayes, Jaxson Walker, Arianna Walker, Cavion Walker, Caydin Walker, Casey Walker Jr., Abreyan Walker, Chyler Walker and Camdin Walker; and two great-grandchildren, Alice Hayes and Violet Hayes.

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