Cherry Perley
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.
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I went to school with Cherry at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High, Thomas Jefferson High School, and at Lamar, where I was a music major. I'll always remember Cherry as a beautiful, smart, kind, and energetic personality. Sounds like she lived a wonderful life in a beautiful place. I'll pray for God's peace for you as you live with your loss.

Gail Pratt Thorne, Gambrills Md.
August 26, 2011
To Cherry's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I met Cherry when I was 12 years old. We lived 2 blocks from each other in Port Arthur, Tx. May God walk with you through this difficult time.
Nancy Pryor
August 24, 2011
I worked with Cherry at Tikigaq Corporation and I always looked forward to seeing her throughout the day. Such a beautiful, classy woman...I will miss her immensely!
Tina Clewis
August 23, 2011
Tony and Stephanie, so sorry for the loss of Cherry Perley. She was a very good friend and I will always remember her. She was the first person I met at the Tikigaq office in Anchorage and I never forgot her. My prayers are with you and your family. Emma Nash, Pt. Hope, AK
August 22, 2011
Tony&Steph,We are so sorry for Cherry's passing! Just glad we had time to reflect on our past & great times growing up,getting in trouble w/our mothers/grandmother! But she was best cousin/friend I ever had we kept each other secrets!! She will be missed! My daughter Kimberly Jane will carry on her name! Our love & prayers to you! Dr.Phil & Miriam Bertrand (Katy,Tx)
August 20, 2011
Our condolences from the Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 1962.
Wayne Taylor
August 19, 2011
Steph, please know that you and your dad are in our thoughts and prayers. You have our love and support.
Tiffany Knutson
August 19, 2011
Tony & Steph, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Cherry to pieces. I have many fond memories of her. I too, will always remember their trip to MN, where she sang for us (after much begging). I always think of Cherry when I hear a Janis Joplan song. She was loved by so many and will be missed by many more. - Prayers are with you and your family.
Nikkie Lehman
August 19, 2011
Our prayers go out to you.
Bob & Vickie Peters
August 19, 2011
Dear Steph, you have our deepest sympathy. Thinking of you alot at this time. If you feel like talking just give a call, we'll always be here. Here's a hug for you. Deepest sympathy to you and your dad. Love always, Dave & Joan
Hilgenbergs
August 18, 2011
Although I know what she thought of Janis Joplin, I will never be able to hear one of her songs without thinking of Cherry. I'm thankful for the short time I got to spend with her in MN. Tony & Steph - my thoughts and prayers are with you both. If you need anything, just call
Sandra Morin
August 18, 2011
My thoughts & prayers are goes out to Cherry's family. I remember Cherry coming to point Hope for our Tikigaq Corp. annual mtgs. very nice lady...she will be missed. Will always remember Cherry.
Daisy Sage & family
Point Hope, Alaska
August 18, 2011
Tony and Stephanie, my condolences to you at this moment. She is with Our Father now and has no pain. I remember working with your mom on Tikigaq's work comp claims for many years before she retired and I loved hearing her voice when she had a question. She will be missed,
Patrina Davis
August 18, 2011
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