Kathleen Ariel Cherish

March 19, 1947 - September 24, 2022

Place of birth

Brockport New York b. 3/19/1947

Most recently lived in

Mesa Arizona

Kathleen's favorite hobbies

Art(Drawing, Painting, Illustrating) Writing ( Poetry, Songs and short stories.) Baking ( All sorts, she decorated wedding , Anniversary and Party cakes for friends) Cooking (She was on more than one occasion she should have her own restaurant) Crafts (she made dolls stuffed animals and made games she made a whole bunch of stuff) Plants (she had a green thumb)

Kathleen's favorite foods

She loved down home cooking but she also liked Spanish, Oriental, Italian. She loves Krispy Kreme‘s glazed donut for a treat and some times apple fritters.

Favorite bands and musical artists

She had an eclectic taste but she liked rock ‘n’ roll pop and alternative mostly. And she like to keep up with the times.

Interesting facts about Kathleen

She once went in front of congress with a select few mothers to have handicap parking and ramps put in two businesses

If you could tell Kathleen anything today, what would you say?

That I love her and thankful and she was my mother!

Kathleen loved nothing more than

She love to take care of people and she love to make them laugh and make them happy it was her love language.

Favorite place in the world

She loved the ocean and the sound of the waves she also of waterfalls.

Favorite TV shows

The Rookie, Castle, Elementary but she was also always on the lookout for a new show.

Favorite movies

National treasure but she liked a lot.

Kathleen's profession(s)

Disabled Caregiver

Kathleen's superpower

Her Hugs and her laugh.

Kathleen's proudest accomplishments

Being a Jehovah’s Witness and teaching her kids about Jehovah.

Kathleen's pets in life

She had so many but I remember her talking about Buster her dog going up. Also cats Ritz ,Tigger, Sushi and Missy anda grand Furbaby named Baby Bell

Favorite musical instrument

Guitar, Violin and The Saxophone and the drums.

Favorite ice cream flavor

Pecan Prauline

Places Kathleen traveled to

Rocky point Mexico and San Diego California. she also lived in different places in New York, Georgia, Florida, Michigan and Arizona.

Name of High School attended

Kendall High in New York

Name of college attended

Mesa community college

Name of Kathleen's parents

Roy Ryder b.1909 and Flora Mae “Rote” Ryder b.1912

Name of Kathleen's siblings

Janet Flora DeMeyer b.1931-1985, Roy Edward Ryder b.1933-2022, Ellen Virginia Erway b.1945- 2007 All of which preceded her.

Name of Kathleen's children

Eric Eugene Aldred b.5/8/1972 - 1/15/1999 and Lacey Cheyanne Lynn Cherish b.2/18/1983 and also a spiritually adoptive daughter named Heidi Homan Wisdom b.1/6/1970

Name of Kathleen's grandchildren

Adoptive Cat La Voie b.5/3/2003, Quinton Wisdom b.5/13/2003, Michael Compton b.8/16/2004, Colin Compton b.9/23/2006, Zoe Wisdom b.5/13/2008, Isaiah Compton b.11/7/2008


Kathleen Ariel Cherish was born Kathleen Mae Ryder in Brockport, New York 3/19/1947 to Roy Ryder and his wife Flora Mae “Rote” Ryder.

She fell asleep in death at Tempe st. Luke’s hospital in Tempe, Arizona 9/24/2022.

She lived in many places throughout her lifetime, like New York, Georgia, Florida, Michigan and Arizona.

She was the baby in the family with three older siblings that preceded her and sleep Janet Flora DeMeyer 1931-1985, Roy Edward Ryder 1933-2022 and Ellen Virginia Erway 1945-2007.

On 6/15/1962 she got baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in a trough in a barn in New York. She pioneered on and off throughout her life and even held Bible study and Service meetings out of her home at different times. She was proud to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and on the day went by that she did not say his name and thanked him for his ransom sacrifice. John 3:16,17

She met her husband Robert Alan Aldred in New York at a Friends wedding. They married 4/4/1970 becoming Kathleen Mae Aldred. The two had a son Eric Eugene Aldred born 5/8/1972 -1999. Whom she was told would not live past nine months and to give them up. She did not and he still chose to raise for the sake of Jehovah , and he lived to be 26, almost 27 yrs old. They also have a daughter Lacey Cheyanne Lynn Cherish born 2/18/1983 Whom she was very close to. The couple divorced in 1985. She continue to raise him as a single parent.

She also had 2 spiritually adoptive daughter’s Heidi Homan - Wisdom born 1970 and JJ Currier born 1974.

As well as being loving Nana to 6 adoptive Grandchildren, Cat La Voie born 5/3/2003, Quinton Wisdom born 5/13/2003, Michael Compton born 8/16/2004, Colin Compton born 9/23/2006, Zoe Wisdom born 5/13/2008 and Isaiah Compton born 11/7/2008.

When her son was very young, she was one of seven mothers who were chosen to go in front of Congress to ask to have handicap parking spaces and ramps put into businesses on behalf of the disabled and won.

She was an Artist, drawing, painting an even illustrating a cook book. She love to draw people and life. She got her bachelors degree in commercial art.

She also like to cook and bake. On many occasions she had people tell her she should have her own restaurant or bakery. She baked and decorated cakes for friends weddings and parties. She love to cook for them as well. She was not afraid to try new things.

She was a seamstress, sewing for not only herself and for her kids but friends. She also made cloth dolls, stuffed animals and baby blankets for baby showers.

She love to whistle while she worked and she love to sing and dance. She also love to ham it up and laugh a lot, which her laugh was quite contagious. she also loves plants and planting things. In which she had a pretty green thumb.

Favorite flowers or lilacs and peonies but she loves roses too. And her favorite color was lavender and light green.

She love to collect Snow globes and music boxes and she loved to collect all animals but elephants and butterflies held special meaning to her.

She will be missed by all that loved her and we can’t wait to see her and her big smile in Paradise. Psalms 37:10,11, John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:4,5

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Kathleen Ariel Cherish (March 19, 1947 to September 24, 2022)