Cherie Lynn Beemer Sept. 1, 1944 ~ March 9, 2011 Resident of Palo Alto Longtime teacher, Walnut Creek and Alamo resident, Cherie Beemer, passed away March 9, 2011 after struggling with Alzheimer's disease. She lived a life filled with dear friends, family, animals, movies, books, dance and music. She attended Oregon State University, Corvallis and received a bachelor's degree in geography from San Francisco State University and a master's degree in library science from San Jose State University. For 20 years she taught elementary school at Silver-wood and at other schools in the Walnut Creek area. While in her forties Cherie changed careers and became an elementary school librarian at Walnut Acres. During her 33 years with the Mount Diablo Unified School district, she held mentor positions both as a teacher and as a librarian. Cherie was born in Vallejo, CA and graduated Richmond High School in 1962, valedictorian of her class. She was active as a youth in dance productions and taught dance from her parent's home in Pinole. Cherie was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Alfreda Ellis of Pinole. She is survived by her devoted son, Barry Thompson of Menlo Park and by his wife, Cherise. She is also survived by her stepsons, Bill Beemer of Culver City and Bryce Beemer of Hawaii, their wives, Suzi and Margo, and grandchildren, William and Elizabeth. She will be missed by her animal friends, Patches, Rudy and Dominique. Cherie treasured relationships and has many supportive friends, relatives, colleagues and caregivers. They will miss her zany humor, contagious laughter and sense of style. Her family is grateful to all the tender loving care provided by the Reminiscence staff at Sunrise, Palo Alto. A private celebration of life will be held for family and friends Saturday, March 19 in Menlo Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 13, 2011