|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1980|
|Death: ||Nov. 11, 2009|
Cheri Jo Long was the daughter of David Long and Linda (Madigan). The sister of Nikki and Crystal.
Cheri's obit was in the Bemidji Pioneer newspaper.
Cheri Jo Long, born March 17, 1980, daughter of David & Linda Long, died unexpectedly in Roanoke, Virginia, on November 11, 2009. Cheri was born in Bemidji and raised on a farm in Nebish. She enjoyed the wide open spaces on the farm, going for long walks and playing with her sisters. She was a big help on the farm and moved with her family to Bemidji in 1990, when she was 10 years old. Cheri received a degree in business from Bemidji State University and later went on to complete her MBA at Carlson School of Management. Cheri worked at Best Buy's cooperate headquarters for several years and was recently employed as Finance Manager at the cooperate headquarters of Advance Auto Parts in Roanoke, Virginia.
Cheri enjoyed traveling and seeing the world; the Incas in Peru, and the castles in Europe. She enjoyed spending time with her family most of all. She also loved watching football and hockey, hikes in the mountains of Virginia, playing scrabble on-line with her mother, working with her dad on family tree research, and watching her nieces grow.
Cheri is survived by her parents David and Linda Long of Bemidji, MN, sisters Nikki (Joseph) Smith of Bryan, TX, Crystal (Scott) Mattfield of Bemidji, MN, nieces Celeste Smith, Isabelle Wells, Emma Mattfield, grandmothers Lois Myers of Bemidji, MN and Virginia Cross of St. Louis, Missouri. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Cheri was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Raymond Madigan and Paul Long.
Cheri touched many lives and is loved by all.
These are the facts of my childhood: (by Cheri Oct. 2009)
I grew up in a multi-generation household. My grandfather resided on the first floor, my parents, my sisters, and I roomed on the second floor of our old farmhouse.
Our church had roughly six families and an outhouse. The organist was an alcoholic, and on the Sundays when the devil had the best of him, my mother would play the organ during the service.
I broke my leg when I was six years old. I was on a path in the woods and the nearest hospital was half an hour ride away. My father was setting dynamite to beaver dams in the furthest corner of our ranch. My mother drove me the agonizing twenty-six miles to town. I spent the next month in traction and the following month in a body cast, whilst my mother taught me how to read.
When I was seven years old, I had my first shower. Before that, my mother would wash our hair one-by-one in the kitchen sink.
I was raised in rural America, born in 1980. I began making a six-figure salary at the age of twenty-six and took my first flight on a corporate jet at the age of twenty-nine.
My mother was the daughter of a miner. My father was the son of a farmer.
Close by is buried her Great Uncle, Merrill Barsness and other relativies on her grandmother's side of the family.
Green Lea Cemetery
Created by: david long
Record added: Jun 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53892137
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Added: Oct. 6, 2010