Nancy Cherry

Cherry, Nancy
Nancy Louise Herron Cherry 1922-2013 was born February 26, 1922, in Evanston, Illinois to S. Davidson and Louise Johnston Herron. The family lived in Marion and St. David's Pennsylvania between 1924 and 1929, moved to Pittsburgh in 1930, and in 1936 moved to Sewickley, Pennsylvania where they lived until 1944. Pepper, as she was known to many of her friends, attended the Sewickley Academy and graduated from the Ethel Walker School in 1939. In 1943 she graduated Cum Laude from Smith College with a B.A. in history. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the WAVES first as an ensign, then as a Lt. J.G. until the end of World War II. During that time, she met our father, Thomas Crittenden Cherry, Jr. They were married on December 2, 1944. After the war, they lived in Westbury, Long Island, New York, where sons Thomas C. and Davidson H. Cherry were born. In 1951 the family moved to Darien, Connecticut, where son Harold was born, and lived there until 1975, other than the year between 1966-1967 when they moved temporarily to San Francisco, California. In 1975, they moved to Delray Beach, Florida, and in 1979, to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and she lived there until her passing. Summers were usually spent in a cabin the family owned on lac a l'Ouiseau in Quebec, Canada. There, Mom loved sailing her sunfish, paddling her kayak, or touring the lake in a canoe. In Darien, Mom was an active member of her community, serving on the education committee of the RTM for six years, the high school building committee, the YMCA fund drive, and began 50 years as a lifetime member of the League of Women Voters. She was an avid golfer at Wee Burn Country Club and a member of the Westchester-Fairfield Women's Golf Association. On Hilton Head, she played golf until the age of 86, and was a member of the Bear Creek Golf Club. She enjoyed needlepoint, and pursued an interest in history and foreign affairs, and was a founding member and active participant with the Coastal Discovery Museum. An avid traveler, Mom visited every continent at least once, from Europe to Asia to South America, Antartica, and even Timbuktu. After Dad passed away, she was often accompanied on her journeys by her lifelong friend and college roommate, Swan Grant. Our Mother died peacefully of natural causes on Sunday morning, June 9th, 2013. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Thomas C. Cherry Jr., and her brother, S. Davidson Herron, Jr. She is survived by her three sons, Thomas C. Cherry III and wife Lynn H. Cherry of East Lyme Connecticut, Davidson H. Cherry and wife Ann L. Cherry of Sandia Park, New Mexico, and Harold J. Cherry of Hilton Head, South Carolina. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Kristen Cherry Tirado of Tampa Bay, Florida; Thomas C. Cherry IV of Boston, Massachussets; Kaitlyn H. Cherry of Denver, Colorado, and Brian H. Cherry of East Lyme, Connecticut. An informal service to celebrate her life will be held at the Cypress clubhouse on Ladyslipper Lane, in the Hilton Head Plantation, in the Cypress Hall, on Saturday, June 22d, from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. In lieu of flowers, Mom wished that donations be made to: Volunteers in Medicine 15 Northridge Dr. Hilton Head, SC 29926 Rest in peace, Mom. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements, www.theislandfuneralhome.com.


Published in Connecticut Post on June 14, 2013