Patricia A. Cherry – Independence

Patricia A. Cherry, 87, of Independence, IA, died on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at her home.

Patricia Ann was born July 1, 1932 in Independence, IA at her parents home. She was the daughter of Merle W. Ghere and Grace A. (Derby) Ghere. She was a 1950 graduate of Independence High School. On April 10, 1953, Patricia travelled to Yuma, AZ to marry Lester J. Cherry who was serving in the United States Marine Corps. Shortly after Lester’s discharge, they made their way to Iowa with one hundred dollars in their pocket. The pair then made their home on the Cherry Family Farm Southeast of Quasqueton, IA. Pat’s claim to fame was raising her four children. She tended to a garden and many fruit trees. She was proud of her canning and baking abilities that came from their own gardens.

Lester and Patricia truly enjoyed traveling across the country with their children and later traveling on their own, even without asking permission from their worrying children. National Parks became some of their most memorable visits.

She loved to attend auctions and purchase Roseville pottery. She entered enteral rest on May 12, 2020 peacefully at her home. Patricia was a member of the Quasqueton Union Church.

Patricia survived by four children, Linda Bell of Independence; Lonnie (Tammy) Cherry of Winthrop; Lorie (Kenny) Gericke of Quasqueton; Lee (Michelle) Cherry of Walker. Twelve grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Patricia was preceded in death by her beloved husband, parents, a sister, Betty Mailley, a brother, William Ghere, and son-in-law, James Bell.

A private family service and burial will be held at Quasqueton Union Church and Quasqueton Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family in care of Reiff Family Center 216 3rd Ave. SE, Independence, IA 50644. To leave an on-line condolence please go to under obituaries.


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