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CherryNov 30, 1917 - Jan 19, 2013 EDMOND Born to Sarah Elizabeth Chapman and Pearl Wade Salyer on November 30, 1917, in Anadarko, Oklahoma, she attended school in Davenport and Minco, Oklahoma, before moving to Overton, Texas. She was in the beginning classes of Kilgore Junior College its first year. At 19, she quit school her sophomore year to marry Frederick Tinsley Cherry, who was a petroleum engineer with the oil company where her father worked. Their four pre-war children, Starley, Ronnie, Mary, and Jenny, were born before Fred left to serve 44 months in WWII, and their four post-war children, Carmen, John, Freddie, and Sarah, were born after he returned. They moved to Edmond and to the country, where Virginia lived the last 62 years. Their three PK's (preacher kids), Mark, Ruth, and Rachel, were born after they moved to Edmond. Their four sons are Ronald Wade of Austin, TX; John Wallace and Fred Smith, of Edmond, OK; and Mark Cherry, of Shawnee, OK. The six living Cherry girls are Starley Ann Bullard, of Edmond, OK; Mary Frances Burleson, of Norman, OK; Virginia (Jenny) Lee McMonigle, of Edmond, OK; Sarah Janyth Wilkins, of Mustang, OK; Ruth Elaine Couts, of Mustang; and Rachel Lynn Fraim, of Edmond, OK. Their daughter, Carmen Corynne Cherry, lived and worked in Kansas until her death in 1990. Fred Cherry, Virginia's husband, died in Texas in 1970. Virginia continued living in Cherry Hollow her last years, enjoying her art and her family, which consisted of her 11 children, 42 grandchildren, 104 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Virginia Pearl Salyer Cherry, our Mom, a woman of great faith in Jesus, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013, at her home. Services are at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Faith Bible Church, Edmond.

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 22, 2013
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