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Cherie L. Everett

September 28, 1935 ~ May 23, 2021

Cherie L. Everett, 85, of Vero Beach, FL passed away at the VNA Hospice House on 5/23/2021, after a courageous year-long battle with colon cancer.
She was born in Wallingford, CT on 9/28/1935 to Jean and Arthur Irwin. She had been a resident of Vero Beach for 20 years coming from Harwich MA, and Dover MA. Cherie attended Dana Hall School and Wheaton College. She was married to the love of her life, Don Everett for 65 years.
Cherie worked at Winslow’s Nursery for many years and rather than take a paycheck, she preferred her payment in flowers. She also volunteered as an officer of the Harwich Port Tennis Association, The Walker Home and School and American Cancer Society. As an entrepreneur, she co-created a needlepoint design business “Yankee Girls” with her lifelong friend and doubles partner Mercy Wheeler.
She was a past active member of the Dedham Country and Polo Club, Harwich Port Tennis Association, Sea Oaks, The Moorings at Hawk’s Nest, the Needham Tennis Club and the Pemigewasset Ski Club.
She was an avid and accomplished tennis player, golfer, bridge player and skier. Cherie won numerous doubles championships having achieved and maintained a New England USTA ranking. She began playing golf at age 60 and established a USGA handicap in the mid-teens. In bridge, she earned her Bronze Life Master status at 80 years of age. She loved volunteering as a bridge instructor at the Vero Beach Bridge Center and at various locations in Harwich MA. Her ski vacations took her to numerous resorts in New England, western US and Internationally.
She is survived by her husband Don; her son Michael (Laura) Everett; daughters Lisa (Jim) DiMarzio; Kris (Rick) Stewart; grandchildren; Leigh Everett (Pete) LaFontaine, Carl (Mandi) DiMarzio, Matt DiMarzio (Gilly Acedo), Cristina DiMarzio, Ashley Stewart, Mallory Stewart; Great Grandson, Connor DiMarzio; sister Peg (Ed) Reichhelm.
Cherie was a creative artist with a deep love of family, friends, dogs (especially Golden Retrievers), birds and gardening (favorite flowers were Orchids and Daylilies).
A celebration of her life will be held and a later date with her extended family and friends. With great appreciation, our family would like to recognize the exceptional care and support our Mom received from her health care providers at the Cleveland Clinic, nurses from the VNA Home Healthcare and the VNA Hospice House.
Condolences may be shared online at In lieu of flowers, donations can be designated to the VNA of Vero Beach or the charity of your choice.


Emily Wheeler

May 26, 2021, 3:38 pm

Goodbye Aunt Cherie, you are braided into so many of my early memories! Your smile lit up every room and its warmth touched many. Emily

Marilyn McGreevy Micciche

May 26, 2021, 3:55 pm

Dear Krissy, Mike and Lisa,
As you know, Cherie was a 2nd mom to me for well over 40 years. She and Don opened up their homes to me in Dover, Harwichport and East Harwich.
And she gave me incredible tips in golf when I started playing. She loved large and shared that love. I will miss her dearly.
Mares Micciche

Michael W Byrum

May 26, 2021, 4:01 pm

So sad for your loss, Mike & family.

Jodi Dion

May 26, 2021, 4:02 pm

Our hearts go out to Don, Michael, Lisa, Kris and to all who knew and loved Cherie. She will be deeply missed. Her spirit and energy always filled a room and she always made us feel like family. We will miss you Cherie. God Bless you! Love all the Dion’s ❤️

Mercy Wheeler

May 26, 2021, 5:07 pm

It is very hard to know that my lifelong friend has gone. We have shared so many memories over so many years as our two families really grew up together. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Love you alll dearly. Mercy

Elaine King Nickerson

May 26, 2021, 5:11 pm

Dear Kris, I’m sending my deepest condolences to you and all of your family as you navigate these difficult days. I hope the happy memories of your mom begin to out number the sad ones as time goes by.
Hope to see you soon with a real hug.
Love, Elaine

George Rockwood

May 26, 2021, 10:27 pm

Cherie never complained when Mike and I burned down our entire beach in about 1968 (yeah, it was us, statute of limitations applies) though she did arch an eyebrow when Mike and I were caught hiding under the bed of the summer nanny about that same year. I also believed she was displeased when I tried to drown Mike by rowing too far offshore in too big a wind, but we both swear we were never in danger. 65 years has generated 10 lifetimes of memories, which doesn’t make this easier, but it does make it better.

Christine Fleskes

May 27, 2021, 2:13 am

Many decades ago Cherie welcomed me, young and sassy, on to her tennis team with open arms. She put me in my place, in the best of ways, and taught me more than just tennis strokes. She was a great inspiration for taking up golf later than most and then killing it! Her spirit and energy will be missed.

Terry LeBlanc

May 27, 2021, 10:44 am

Words fail to express my sorrow for your loss. Please know I am with you through this difficult time.

Caroline and Paul White

May 27, 2021, 2:18 pm

Although we too were Dover residents, our paths did not cross until we met Cherie and Don at a bridge table in Harwich. Cherie quickly became a treasured friend. We will miss her.

Peter Damon

May 27, 2021, 5:13 pm

Don, I am very sorry to hear this news. You and Cherie were very outreaching to share her treatment and situation. Having gone through a very similar path with Anne’s colon cancer, my thoughts were always and continue to be with you. Peter Damon

Brooks Clark

May 27, 2021, 5:17 pm

As I walk by the house on Woodland Rd. where the Everetts lived throughout our childhood, I always think of how unfailingly kind and generous Cherie and Don were to me as I spent every waking hour (and many sleepover hours) with Mike and George, starting with wheeling tricycles around the Rockwood’s driveway. The beach has never been the same since our days camping out with the Everetts and Wheelers — waiting a half-hour after peanut butter sandwiches to go back in the water and heading out into the surf in the Trident and other lesser craft. I remember one day on the beach in 1963. I had carefully packed a perfect lunch in my US Space Corps lunchbox and spread out a towel. Mrs. Everett asked, “Don’t you want to go with the other kids? They’re going to see ‘Flipper.’”
“What’s that?” I asked.
“It’s about a magic seal or something,” said Mrs. Everett. I remember her exact words. What a great privilege it was to enjoy the largesse of such a nice person and a nice family for all those years of idyllic summers. Mike, Lisa, Kris, and all the Everetts, my thoughts and prayers are with you all, and I am so sorry for your loss.

Kathy Lord

May 27, 2021, 5:26 pm

I have only fond memories of Cherie sitting on the beach in Harwichport with Don, friends & children needle pointing !!
Also, watching Cherie and Mercy playing doubles at the Harwichport Tennis Association
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time,
Kathy and Tom Lord

Stocky and Judy Clark

May 27, 2021, 5:27 pm

Our thoughts are with you all. Cherie was a vivacious and engaging friend and never dropped her smile . We will miss her .

Susan Milsky

May 27, 2021, 5:58 pm

Cherie will be missed by everyone who knew her. We met at bridge and bonded over fashion trends. She was a fashionista and gave me advice on new styles and colors to use in my glass jewelry. A great partner and opponent and always a pleasure to be with. She will live on in my heart and mind. All my condolences to her family. Sincerely, Susan Milsky

Hank and Pat Haskell

May 27, 2021, 5:59 pm

Hi Don and family,

I remember seeing & chatting with Cherie and you at Bats’ Memorial service. I also remember Cherie and Mercy’s tennis matches and your visit to Hilton Head. Cherie was a peach and Pat and I were so pleased to know her—and you. Cherie was a ball of fire!

tucker clark

May 27, 2021, 6:01 pm

Wow what a shocker about Cherie Everett And what an incredible life as I read in the obit that CHerie has passed. Now I wish on the beach and on the tennis courts and with Mercy that I had known her and Don so much better. I just saw her as the mother of a brood of kids similar to us Clarks but much more athletic it seemed!! Another incredible being has sailed into the eternal sunset and we are all saddened by it.

Nobby and Linda Holmes

May 27, 2021, 6:59 pm

Nobby and I are so very sorry to hear about Cheri’s loss in her valiant fight against colon cancer. Always a smile on her face, a warm greeting to all, she was a gifted athlete, as well as an exhuberant participant in just about any adventure. She will be missed by many people whose lives she touched. Our condolences, Don.


May 30, 2021, 3:22 pm

Dear Don, I am so sorry about Cherie. She was such a lovely lady. I will miss her a lot. My deepest condolences.

-Mariangela Risso

Jane Coleman

June 4, 2021, 10:36 am

Bill & Jane Coleman extend our deepest sympathy to Don and family at this time of adjustment to your loss. We will miss seeing Cherie”s smiling face at the bridge center and Hawk’s Nest. What an interesting and full life she lived!

Margaret Laurencelle

June 5, 2021, 12:35 am

Dear Don,
Please be assured that you and your family are being remembered in not only my thoughts , but also, my prayers during this most difficult time. I am truly sorry for the loss of your wonderful wife, Cherie. She was an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to have known her. May she rest in peace safely in the arms of Our Lord.
Peggy Laurencelle

Phyllis Rhodes

July 6, 2021, 4:51 pm

I have the best memories of Cherie as a second Mom, across the street in Needham and during summers in Harwichport. Too many great times to count. She was a such a lovely, kind person and a positive force and will be sorely missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know her.

John and Suzanne Stewart

July 25, 2021, 8:12 pm

Kris, We send our prayers that the days ahead will get easier for you, while remembering all the good times. Your Mom was blessed to have led a tremendously fun and long life with such a loving family. I know she was so proud of you and that should make you feel loved in this lonely time. Losing a mother is never easy, but eventually, as time passes by, the feeling of sadness will waiver and transform into pride. Just as the pride she had in you. We send our love. xoxo John and Suzanne Stewart

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