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President of Her Chapter, Chairman of the Election Board
Cherie Mae worked on the family ...
Cherie Mae worked on the family farm, raising award-winning silver foxes.She sold pelts at fur shows in markets as far away as New York.She
earned money and awards to help further her
education (at one time family members won five of the top 10 awards in the nation for their show pelts).She
was the first woman to earn a letter in mountain climbing at the college.She
graduated on July 16, 1937, with her
teaching certificate and later went back to get her
bachelor's degree.Cherie Mae
taught in several schools in the Coos County District, the first being at Bridge, then Marshfield, Coquille, and Bandon.In 1957, she
transferred to schools at San Rafael, Calif., and then in 1964 to Indio, Calif.She received her life teaching diploma from the California State Board of Education on July 6, 1964.She
went on to receive many honors and grants that helped pay her
way to travel to many places in Europe and Africa to see the sites and further her
education about many different cultures of the world.She
was able to see the 350th performance of "The Passion Play."She
was still teaching underprivileged students when she
moved from Rancho Mirage to Baker City
in 2001.As a devout Christian and teacher, her
hobbies and other activities included such things as camping, fishing and spending summers here with her
As a Campfire leader in Coos County, she
made sure that she
wrote to each of her
girls once a year, sharing her
life and embracing theirs.A month prior to her
was able to spend a week at the coast with her
daughter, Carol, as well as several of her
girls and a former colleague.She also enjoyed rock hounding, and being the editor of the Lik 'n' Lap publication for the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies for which she won many awards.She was president of the California Teachers Association, president of her chapter of Toastmistresses, chairman of the election board (she was a staunch Republican), president of her homeowners association and reading a good book, plus the Bible.