Deborah Ladd Cherry
Deborah Ladd Cherry died peacefully after a brief illness at The Kaplan House in Danvers, MA on April 6, 2017 at the age of 84.
Deborah is survived by her children, Martha Ryder (and her husband, Mark) of Arundel ME, Melissa Cherry of Maynard, MA and Fred Cherry of Marblehead, MA. She was a wonderful Grammy to her two grandsons, Nash and Ellis Ryder. She is preceded in death by her husband George F. Cherry. She was very active up until the end and will be missed by many friends and acquaintances.
Deborah was born on December 29, 1932 in Flushing, NY, the only child of Bernard and Madalene Ladd. She graduated from Franklin High School in Franklin, NH in 1951 and received her BS in Education from Lesley College in 1955 and a MA in Reading from Salem State College in 1994. Deborah worked many years as a teacher and tutor of reading and ESL. She was an active and dedicated member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Marblehead for over 45 years and a regular volunteer for Lifebridge in Salem MA.
Deborah was a witty and tenacious individual and loyal friend who loved reading, cooking, classical music and speaking her mind. In the summer, you could find her sitting in the sun at the beach or working as a docent at Abbott Hall in Marblehead, MA. Some of her favorite places were Newfound Lake in Bristol, NH and Ripley Point in Harrington, ME. An avid bridge player, she had a fierce competitive streak for any game – even her grandsons were not spared her determination to win. But they didn’t mind and loved her even more for her colorful language when things didn’t go her way.
A celebration of her life is scheduled for 1:00PM on Sunday April 9, 2017 at the Unitarian church, 28 Mugford St in Marblehead with a reception to follow. Reverend Wendy von Courter will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Deborah’s’s life. Flowers may be sent directly to the church. Or, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Lifebridge P.O. Box 810 Salem, MA 01970, or the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St. Marblehead, MA 01945.
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