(Patriot-News) The Nibert family struck a deal. Sixteen-year-old Cheryl could fly to Paris, France, with the high school French club so long as she picked enough raspberries on the family field across from the house to help pay for it.
That spring and summer Cheryl came within 40 quarts of her agreed-upon goal. But parents Don and Donna weren't about to quibble. So after Donna saw Cheryl off at the high school, she and Don took to the family raspberry patch that same evening to finish what Cheryl had started.
Don was picking raspberries around 8:30 p.m. on July 17, 1996, when on the still summer air, his deceased mother's unmistakable voice came to him:
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"Don, Cheryl is okay. She's with me," Don's mother said in her signature Southern Ohio/Kentucky accent.