Cheryl Cross (Ratcliff) Foster

March 25, 1966 - February 9, 2023

Cheryl Cross (Ratcliff) Foster passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2023, at the age of 56. She was born on March 25, 1966, to Nathan and JoAnn Cross in Beaumont, attending Eugene Field Elementary and Marshall Middle School. She was a 1984 graduate of West Brook High School. In 1988 she graduated from Lamar University with a degree in Interior Design. Shortly after graduation she married her college sweetheart, Teddy Ratcliff, and found employment as a designer with Ethan Allen before becoming a stay-at-home mom with her two boys, Joshua and Chase.

Cheryl and Teddy were blessed with 25 years of marriage until his passing in 2013. As a team they enjoyed rehabbing antique furniture and buying and renovating houses to sell. But their favorite project was building their house acting as their own contractors. As a family, they treasured their family vacations which included trips to the Rocky Mountains, Smokey Mountains, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Alaska and two trips to Disney World as well as several Texas area destinations.

As a mom, she served as Room Mother at school, Den Mother for Scouts, accompanied many field trips, assisted with class parties, and volunteered in various capacities as needed. She served her home church as a Sunday School teacher, VBS director, Mother’s Day Out worker as well as serving on the Hospitality Committee. She was a proud Texas Tech Red Raider parent and a proud Texas A&M Aggie mom.

Cheryl returned to Lamar to earn her teacher certification in Early Childhood Education when both of her boys started school. She landed her dream job as a Kindergarten teacher for Lumberton ISD. In her 16 years with the district, she taught Kindergarten, First Grade, and Transition-First Grade. She enjoyed having her students Trick-or-Treat at her house each Halloween and supported her students outside of the classroom by attending their dance recitals or sporting events. Cheryl served her fellow teachers and school as Grade Level Chair, PTO Volunteer Coordinator, and various campus and district committees. In addition, she was certified in Gifted and Talented education and was a trained Gesell screening administrator. In her career as a classroom teacher, she won many teaching awards but her most treasured awards were those of which she was nominated by her students and their parents.

She reconnected with her high school prom date, Jay Foster, and was fortunate to find love again. She and Jay married in 2018 and never took a moment together for granted. As a couple they enjoyed the simple things in life such as shopping, working jigsaw puzzles, playing board games and watching Netflix series and documentaries. Cheryl and Jay shared a love for adventure which took them on many trips including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Charleston, Corpus Christi, The Grand Canyon, Gatlinburg, Branson, and several Presidential Libraries. A favorite weekend getaway destination was to Fredericksburg where they proudly climbed Enchanted Rock twice. In Houston, they enjoyed attending the Houston Rodeo every year as well as the Houston Astros games.

The absolute highlight of Cheryl’s life was becoming a Grandmother. Her most favorite place to be was in the presence of her grandchildren and nothing else mattered when she was spending time with her family. She enjoyed having everyone over for homecooked meals and lots of laughs and quality visit time. She loved reading to her grandchildren and holding them until they fell asleep.

Cheryl is survived by her husband, Jay Foster; her son, Joshua Ratcliff his wife, Zoe; and her grandchildren, Jack and Sunny. She is also survived by her son, Chase Ratcliff and his wife, Sarah; her parents, Nathan and JoAnn Cross; brother John Cross, Sr. and his wife, Cathy; sister, Amy Rinando and her husband, Vince; nephews, John Cross, Jr. and Nick Rinando, who was also her Godson; nieces, Elizabeth Cross Radabaugh and Anna Rinando. Cheryl cherished her relationship with Jay’s parents, Pat and Sammye Foster, as well as Jay’s brothers Roger, Bobby and his wife, Mary, and niece, Sarah Foster. She is also survived by her Ratcliff family and a big Cross family of many aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, and third cousins.

A gathering of Mrs. Foster’s family and friends will begin at 1:30 p.m., with her funeral service to follow at 3:00 p.m., Monday, February 13, 2023, at Woodland Baptist Church, 1860 West Lucas, Beaumont. Her cremation arrangements will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to your charity of choice or pay it forward with a kind gesture to someone.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Woodland Baptist Church
  • 1860, W Lucas Dr, Beaumont, TX, 77706,
  • February 13, 2023
  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Funeral Service

Woodland Baptist Church
  • 1860, W Lucas Dr, Beaumont, TX, 77706,
  • February 13, 2023
  • 3:00 pm

Comments (15)

    Rob Covington says:

    I haven’t seen Cheryl in person in many years; the last time I saw her she was pushing around a stroller with her youngest son in it. But we kept in touch through email and Facebook and her sweet, kind nature and killer sense of humor never changed in all these years. We had just chatted on Facebook, the last time on January 9 just a month before she left us and had no idea she had been ill. That’s how Cheryl was — so focused on positivity and other people that she didn’t want to burden them. I will miss her and I’m so sorry for the tremendous loss her family is no doubt feeling. She was a truly bright light.

    Shannon Garrod says:

    Amy and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

    Shannon (Tarbett) Garrod

    Donna Sliger says:

    Sweet Cheryl, gone too soon! Your reward is great in heaven. God has seen your love and service while you were here with us. Enjoy your beautiful, eternal morning. We’ll see you agaiin!

    Melanie says:

    I didn’t know Cheryl well. We were friendly acquaintances. I attended Woodland Baptist in high school and was a part of a great youth group there. Cheryl was younger, but I remember very well Cheryl, Mary and Lori as young girls hanging out. I can remember Cheryl and Mary sitting on the steps near the Baptismal laughing and giggling. Later on I would run into her at the ballpark when we lived in Lumberton, She was always such a kind and friendly person. I always thought she was such a pretty lady. I remember being so saddened by the loss of her first husband. My Dad is a retired police officer. I know she is in Heaven happy to be with her Lord. Many condolences to the family. Melanie Shiflet Bleuel

    Kelly Hall says:

    So sorry for your loss. I remember her as always being so kind to everybody. We were in choir together in middle school and I can still hear her voice. This saddens my heart.

    KT Bartlett says:

    She always had a kind word and a beautiful smile. May the light she brought to the world be of comfort in this time.

    Angela Issman says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    Jim Thomas says:

    Rest east sweet lady. You were the best thing that happened to my kids. They loved you as a teacher and a mentor. You were a shining light for all the people that you came in contact with.

    Callie Hendry says:

    So sad to see such a beautiful person gone too soon. She was the best teacher and always made her students feel so special❤️ may you rest in peace

    Tanya Foster Jackson says:

    So sorry for your loss. Remember you will meet again. Til then, Sending prayers and hugs.
    Your cousin, Tanya

    Pamela Foster says:

    Jay, my heart goes out to you and Cheryl’s family. Sending you hugs and praying for you.

    Jodee Roach says:

    Sending many prayers for the family. Mrs. Ratcliff-Foster touched the hearts of so many students from their very first day of school as a kindergartener. Teachers like her are one in a million and she will forever be remembered as such. We say “thank you” to her for having a forever place in our son’s heart and for setting the pathway and guiding him to be the man he is today. Heaven gained a beautiful soul.

    Elizabeth Strahan says:

    Mrs. Ratcliff taught my granddaughter Paige in T1! She loved her so much. She often wanted to go back and visit her. Thankfully she did twice. Heaven has gained such a sweet Angel. A very caring and loving teacher. I’m sure she must be with all the children. ????

    Kimberly Cross Rutledge says:

    I am heartbroken as Cheryl was a high school friend and a sister in law for 30 years. May God comfort Nathan and JoAnn on the loss of their daughter, and sister Amy but especially her boys, Joshua and his family and Chase and his wife. Cheryl will be greatly missed but I know she is in Heaven with her Lord and Savior and her suffering has ended. Prayers for all.

    Diane+Cannon says:

    Words escape me as I remember his beautiful lady, gone too soon! Gods’s love and Peace at this very difficult time.

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