Cherise Elison Alvey, 54, of Firth, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family. She had been in the care of Avalon Hospice and her mother after battling cancer for the third time in 13 years.
She was born in Pocatello on June 8, 1959, to Gary Croft Elison and Sharon Bullock. She would become the oldest of 10 children. She was raised and attended school in Moreland.
She graduated from Snake River High School in 1977, attended BYU for three years and then in July 1980 served an 18-month mission for her church in the Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission.
She returned home in December 1981 and continued her schooling at BYU to finish her bachelor's degree in elementary education, graduating in 1982. She taught school in the Firth School District for 30 years. She loved her students and fellow teachers dearly! Cherise had three stepchildren whom she helped to raise and loved as her own, and she had four children of her own. She had five grandchildren from her stepchildren, who she adored. They gave her the nickname "Grandma Rocks!" Her children were the light of her life. She enjoyed spending time with them, going on camping trips and traveling for family vacations.
Cherise was active in the LDS church and held various positions over the years, ranging from teaching Primary to being the ward organist. She had a love for the temple and attended regularly.
She was active in so many things, loved life and lived it fully. She was very athletic and was a great competitor as a young athlete. She later enjoyed coaching and attending her children's sporting events. She was a self-proclaimed workaholic and it was a rare occasion if she wasn't working other jobs in addition to teaching.
In January 2012, she decided to go back to school for her master's degree in counseling, and on Dec. 10, 2013, she received her honorary master's degree from Northwest Nazarene University.
She is survived by her parents, Gary and Sharon Elison of Meridian; siblings, Tawnja (Dave) Powers of Dillingham, Ark., LeiLani (Paul) Treasure of Middleton, Lance (Wendy) Elison of McCammon, Selena (Troy) Wheatley of Pocatello, Kirsten (Richard) Leavitt of Blackfoot, Devin (Shelby) Elison of Jerome, Dustin Elison of Star and Casey Elison of Meridian; six children, Stephanie (Jeremy) Bird of Idaho Falls, Paul (BreAnn) Alvey of Rock Springs, Wyo., Daynon Alvey of Firth, Nateale (Kordell) Koepnick of Heyburn, Kreisha Alvey and Quinn Alvey of Firth; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bernell and Dorothy Elison, and Milton and Ruphenia Bullock; her brother, Shawn Elison; and her stepson, Michael Alvey.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Firth Stake Center, 823 N. 675 East in Basalt. The family will meet with friends and family from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Saturday prior to services, both times at the stake center. Interment will be in Goshen Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www .nalderfuneralhome.com.