Dionette A. Cherney

Died in San Francisco on August 11, 2011, from injuries sustained on July 15, 2011. She is survived by her beloved husband of 19 years, Colburn "Coke" Cherney; her loving daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Beth" and son-in-law, James Harvey; and her adoring granddaughters, Natalie and Emily. Didi loved life, and she was loved by all. She will be remembered for her warmth, wisdom, charm, and grace. A memorial service to celebrate Didi's life will be held at the Robert L. Smith Meeting Room at Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC on Sunday, September 4 at 1 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dionette Alvarez Cherney Memorial Fund, which will support scholarships for students attending the Washington School of Ballet, at www.thecommunityfoundation.org, or by check made out to "Dionette Cherney Memorial Fund/CFNCR" mailed to CFNCR, 1201 15th Street NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005.

Published by The Washington Post on Aug. 27, 2011.
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Mary Sue told me about Didi's death today..such a special lady...such a great loss. My prayers go out for you and your entire family. I so enjoyed spending time with the both of you during Obama's Inauguration. You both made me feel welcomed. There are no words that can truly express my sympathy. God Bless You!
Chiquita Ellis
September 17, 2011
The Idle Awhile Hotel Negril Family wishes to express condolence on the passing of our friend "Didi." Coke, we share in this sad moment and truly wants to express our sympathy, we surely will miss having her with us each year.
Signed: Your Idle Awhile Family
Marva Williams
September 1, 2011
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