Cherry J. Perley passed away August 12, 2011 at Providence after a short battle with cancer. Cherry was born in Beaumont, Texas on October 13, 1943. She attended Lamar University in Beaumont and graduated with a history degree. She spent most of her life in Texas and met and married her husband there. After settling in Nacogdoches, TX with her family, she worked as an accountant for John Cason, CPA. Her husband took a job and moved to Anchorage in 1987. Cherry and her daughter followed on March 18, 1988. Cherry immediately fell in love with the state and enjoyed many of the beautiful attractions Alaska has to offer. She loved traveling to Portage, Seward and Homer and enjoyed showing visitors all the tourist attractions.
After working as an accountant for Peat Maurwick, she worked for Kuskokwim Native Corporation where she had the opportunity to travel to a few villages around the state. One of those was Point Hope, Alaska. When Tikigaq Native Corporation of Point Hope, Alaska decided to hire an in-house accountant, she was offered the position and became the sole employee based out of Anchorage. She traveled to Point Hope many times over the years and fell in love with the people and the culture of the village. They offered her the opportunity to get to know a whole new culture and way of life and it was one that she cherished and loved sharing with others. She eventually became comptroller and later risk manager for Tikigaq Native Corporation before retiring in 2007. She left behind many friends when she retired. She spent the last years at home with her family playing games, reading, gardening, and playing computer games.
She leaves behind her husband, Tony Perley, her daughter, Stephanie Perley, and 3 cats. A funeral will be held Monday, August 22, 2011 at 4:00pm, with visitation at 3:00pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church on Huffman Road. No reception after.
Published by Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 18 to Aug. 19, 2011.