Cheyenne Dakota Tyree

March 20, 1942 ‒ September 21, 2015

Marion, Ohio

Cheyenne Dakota Tyree, A.K.A. Virginia Knight, age 73 of Marion, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 21, 2015 at Prim Rose of Marion.

Cheyenne was born on March 20, 1942 in Delaware County, OH, the daughter of Murray Samuel and Mabel Dell (Moyer) Gast. She attended Marion Harding High School and graduated in the class of 1961. Cheyenne spent 10 years living in South Carolina, 20 years in Mississippi and then moved back to Marion in March of 1998.

She worked as a prison guard/corrections officer at the Marion Corrections Facility for 16 years. Cheyenne was an avid reader, she also loved to cross stitch and embroider. She loved her faithful German Shepherd, Princess and had a fondness for driving her Ford Mustang.

She is survived by her children: David Brown, Barry Brown, Troy Sullivan and Shane Sullivan; Step-mother Mary Gast of Arizona; brothers: Phillip Gast and Patrick (Sarah) Gast both of Marion; Special friends: Bonnie Jolliff and Raetta Thompson both of Marion.

Cheyenne is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 East Center, St. Marion from 11AM to 1PM; Funeral services will immediately follow at 1PM with Pastor Floyd Radebaugh officiating; Burial will be in Ashley Union Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

The Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to be serving Cheyenne’s family and condolences may be expressed at

  • My thoughts are with you all in this time of sadness. I worked with her for 13 years and I enjoyed all of the stories she told. She is a great person and will be missed by many.

  • I’m so thankful to have had the pleasure to have known and loved this wonderful lady she was such an inspiration. May God rest her soul she has peace.

  • I am so sorry to see your fight end. You were such a nice person and always brightened my day when I got to come talk to you. I am glad to see your pain end and know that you are no longer suffering. God bless!

  • My heart goes out to your family.
    You truly were a remarkable lady. I’m glad our paths crossed at work and we were able to become friends.
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand til you can reunite with your loved ones again. And may He comfort your family and give them peace during such a difficult time.

  • I met her while working at North Central Correctional Institution during my 6 years there. She was the ” mom” of the dorm she worked daily. Her stories she told in a 8 hour shift would make me laugh. She loved her job and she showed it daily by standing at the time clock 1 hour before her shift would start. She loved her Mustang car with her personalized plates. She will be dearly missed. My condolences to the family she left behind , I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Prayer to all. A wonderful woman. I have had the pleasure to work with her for several years and enjoyed all of her stories. May God bless favor upon you all during this time.