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Jeanne Marie Cherry


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Jeanne Marie Cherry Obituary
July 11, 1932 - June 2, 2017 Jeanne Marie Cherry, beloved wife, mother, and friend, passed away in Santa Monica at the age of 84. She was born in Bergen County, New Jersey and graduated from Chatham (NJ) High School as valedictorian of the class of 1950. She received an RN degree from Columbia University-Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1953. Jeanne returned to school in 1980, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles in 1984. Jeanne's keen intellect, personable nature, and kind heart served her well as a pediatric nurse in New York City and Burlington, VT up to and after her marriage to James D. Cherry in 1954. Following the birth of their first son in 1956 and three subsequent children, she focused primarily on the family. They moved to Madison, WI and St. Louis so their daughter could receive the highest-quality education at schools for the deaf, a process to which Jeanne dedicated much energy. While living in St. Louis, Jeanne also became active in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party in Missouri, where she was an alternate delegate to that state's Democratic Convention. She also attended the infamous Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968 and participated in the anti-Vietnam War protest. In 1973 the family moved to Santa Monica, CA which is where Jeanne resided for the past 44 years. She was an active volunteer in numerous organizations, serving as vice president and president-elect of the Board of Directors of the Ocean Park Community Center; co-chair of the Los Angeles County School Attendance Review Board; and a member of the Boards of Directors of the Senior Health and Peer Counseling Clinic, Family Service of Santa Monica, the League of Women Voters, and the Santa Monica Y.W.C.A. In 1984 she became a crisis intervention specialist and counselor at Stepping Stone Youth Crisis Shelter, and together with her husband and another couple purchased a house for the organization which was eventually sold to the City of Santa Monica without profit. Jeanne was also a tennis historian and passionate collector of tennis antiques. In 1995, she wrote and published the book "Tennis Antiques and Collectibles" and she is also the author (with Richard Jones) of a forthcoming biography of the 1920s U.S. tennis champion, Helen Wills. Jeanne was a leading member of the Tennis Collectors of America and The Tennis Collectors' Society in the U.K.; a friend, mentor, and inspiration to countless tennis collectors; and an indefatigable hunter of tennis-related treasures at antiques shows and flea markets. Although Jeanne traveled abroad extensively with her husband, Great Britain was especially dear to them. In addition to living in England (in Salisbury, Chiswick, and Cambridge) for three, one-year periods across several decades, they returned there frequently for visits, in part to participate in one of their favorite rituals: attending the tennis tournaments at Wimbledon with friends and colleagues. Through her convivial nature, magnanimous outlook, gracious presence, and generous spirit, Jeanne developed many friendships over the years, and she will be greatly missed. Jeanne M. Cherry is survived by her husband, Dr. James D. Cherry of Santa Monica, CA; son James S. Cherry of Ojai, CA; son Jeffrey D. Cherry and wife Kathleen Hogan of Newcastle, ME; daughter Susan J. Cherry of Santa Monica, CA; son Kenneth C. Cherry and wife Jennifer Cherry of San Rafael, CA; and three grandchildren (Ferguson Cherry, Dennis Cherry, and Siena Rose Cherry).
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 4, 2017
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