Cherie Elam

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Cherie Lynn Elam, 60, passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, March 13, in Houston, Texas.

She was the daughter of Charlotte and Billie Mathis and was born on February 7, 1953 in DeRidder, Louisiana. Cherie is survived by her parents and three sisters Rose Ann Greenwald, Tina Thoede, and Debbie Mathis.

After graduating from DeRidder High School, she attended the University of Kentucky. Her careers included that of a legal secretary, office manager, mother and home maker.

Cherie married her high school sweetheart, Anthony (Tony) J. Elam (59) on May 15, 1973. They were to celebrate their 40th Anniversary in May. They were life-long soul-mates and best of friends. She is also survived by their two sons William Austin Elam (30), wife Jiin-Yu Chen of New Haven, Conn., and Andrew Logan Elam (27), wife Lauren Elam of Lexington, KY.

Cherie enjoyed lunches with her "girl friends", good wine and wine tasting, loved to read and play poker, and excelled in solving crossword puzzles. She enjoyed her many trips with her husband to Napa and Northern California, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Las Vegas, Nevada. For many years she was a Divison l Boys Soccer coach, and enjoyed both bowling and mixed league softball. Many of her Houston friends looked forward to her Kentucky Derby Parties and her home-made mint juleps.

Cherie leaves many valued friends in each of the locations in which she has lived- DeRidder, LA, Lexington, KY, Rhinebeck, NY and Houston, TX.

A celebration of life will be held for close friends in the near future as well as a memorial mass for family and friends in DeRidder, LA. Memorials may be made to Houston Hospice or M D Anderson Cancer Center in lieu of flowers.

Published on from Mar. 25 to Apr. 7, 2013