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Cherrie Ann Logan died in her home July 1st 2016. She was born December 10th 1958 to Ithamar Judge Logan and Retha Velma Swihart in Fairfax, South Carolina. Cherrie was preceded in death by her father; Ithmar Judge Logan and her sister; Brenda Johnson. Cherrie is survived by her two sons; Joshua Kyle Self and Jacob Elijah Self; her grandson Ethan Kyle Self; her husband and best friend Thomas Dierking; her step children Meghan Meek, Melissa Macy, Matthew Dierking; their 9 children, her grandchildren, Matthew, Macee, Julianna, Larissa, Jena, Lindsey, Taecyn, Drew, Cash; her beloved Aunt Ruby who had been a motherly figure through the entirety of her life; her mother Retha Swihart; her brother David Logan and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Cherrie valued life in all its forms; countless dogs, turtles, cats and the occasional lost person found their way into our homes where we watched her nurture them, re-home them, keep them or send them along their path a bit better than they were when they arrived. That is how she left this planet, our culture, our people, her family and her friends; a bit better than we were. Her legacy carries on in those of us with the fortune to have known her. Each of us carrying a part of her forward, likely, a large part of us carrying forward a piece of her profound empathy for all of life. I believe her wish would be for us to continue sharing that empathy; understanding that we are better together than apart and that each moment is a gift not to be lost while lamenting the past or fretting the future. Cherrie asked that there be no funeral or burial services. She didnt see the point in such somber orthodoxies; rather she requested a small private wake and that her ashes be relinquished into a bonfire. Those in attendance should do as Cherrie would have done; eat, drink, commune and be nourished by our companionship. As Mom would say: Dont take it too serious, none of us are getting out of here [this life] alive. In lieu of flowers she asked that you donate to a local animal shelter or help a person in need.
Published on July 14, 2016
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