Cheree Newman

  • "Cheree had a great sense of adventure and knew how to have..."
    - Marla Althouse
  • "I do not know where to begin. Babie I miss you BIG. To see..."
    - Vincent (Vinnie) Farrell
  • "Myself and the other firefighters and EMTs at the Girdwood..."
    - Richard Parry
  • "I've been friends with Cheree and all the Blackmore family..."
    - Mike Villegas
  • "My daughter Cheree' was such a wonderful person. She gave..."
    - Calvin Blackmore

Wasilla resident Cheree Renee Newman, 53, died of cancer Jan. 4, 2009 at St. Elias Hospital in Anchorage.
A celebration of life will be at noon Feb. 7, 2009 at 3378 W. Discovery Loop in Wasilla.
Cheree was born Oct. 15, 1955 in Long Beach, Calif. She moved to Alaska in 1976 and resided in Wasilla. Cheree worked with IBEW as a journeyman wireman in 1996 and then in 2004 was an employee with the Municipality of Anchorage.
Cheree had a great love of Alaska and especially enjoyed gardening and traveling.
A friend wrote: "How can one describe a friendship in a mere few lines - a friendship that spanned more than 17 years. Cheree was as true and honorable a human being as I have ever encountered in my life. She was always ready for an adventure, regardless of where it took us or how we would get there. Cheree was an incredibly positive person, always finding good in everyone she encountered and in every situation that occurred. Being in her presence made me a better person and certainly made my life more worthwhile. Her loss is monumental, to all of us who knew her. I raise a toast to ... Cheree and thank (her) for being a part of my life. If there is an afterlife, we will be sure to carry on again. Goodbye ..."
Cheree is survived by her sons, Nathaniel B., Kevin W. and Phillip M. Garber; father, Kenneth Leroy Newman and companion Marie of California; stepfather, Calvin M. Blackmore Jr. of Washington state; brothers, Carl Newman, Rick Newman and wife Danna of California, Calvin L. Blackmore and wife Jodi of Silverdale, Wash.; sister, Marla Althouse and husband Aaron of Portland, Ore.; and companion of eight years, Vincent "Vinnie" Farrell of Wasilla.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Saundra Jean (LaFleur) Blackmore.
Arrangements are with Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2009