Cherry Lynn Richey

April 26, 1968 ‒ June 11, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Cherry Lynn Richey, age 51, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  She was born on April 26, 1968 in Manila, Philippines to Rev. Jack and Ora Aline (Prather) Richey Sr.

Cherry graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1986, and then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Spanish Education.  She spent the next 15 years teaching high school Spanish.  Cherry’s love and talent for music were demonstrated by her total commitment to sing the Lord’s praises and teach others to do likewise through singing and playing instruments.  She enjoyed traveling all over the world and spending time with her family, especially her nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her mother, Ora Aline Richey; a brother, Jack Lewis (Linda) Richey Jr; sisters, Annie (Robert) Morrison, Karol Glee (Steven) Smith, Deborah (Jeff) Belt, Judith (Randy) Owens; nieces and nephews, Lewis (Angie) Richey, Lucas (Eunice) Richey, Mark (Michelle) Morrison, Krista (Phil) Hunt, Lindsey (Tareq) Ajaj, Kimberly (Bryan) Chandler, Trevor Belt, Nathan (Hope) Owens, Jamie (Ryan) Wright; and 20 great nieces and nephews.

Along with her father, Cherry is preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Deraine Richey; and a nephew, Scott Morrison.

After the family observes a private burial on June 24, a celebration of life service will take place on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene; 16001 Glen Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050, preceded by visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tia Linda Ministries, PO Box 1486, Santa Clarita CA 91386.

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  • Cherry was such a wonderful and amazing woman to work with and as a friend. I loved listening to her sing and I appreciated her words of wisdom. I look forward to seeing her again.

  • Cherry was such a bright spot in the Praise Team at Lakeholm and in everything she did. We are praying for you all….. we know that she is enjoying her time in heaven but she will be missed here.

  • Cherry was such a special person and she was such a testimony to everyone during her battle with cancer. She truly kept the faith. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. We love you.

  • We are so sorry. We will all miss her so much. Our prayers for God’s peace go out to the whole family.

  • Cherry truly exemplified the “Joy of the Lord.” It was a pleasure to get to know her in choir and to have the privilege of singing with her. My heart goes out to the family, but I rejoice over her life well lived.

  • Cherry will always hold a special place in my heart. She was a very special lady who loved the Lord with all of her heart and soul. Unless you knew Cherry’s story, you would never know that she suffered with cancer. Her beautiful smile was ever-present and brought joy to all who saw it.
    She has a new body with the same beautiful smile now as she walks with her Savior, Jesus Christ.
    May God Bless and Comfort her Family!

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Cherry was a lovely person, an inspiring Christian & a wonderful friend. We were teaching colleagues for a few years in Ohio & her sense of humor w/the students & w/us, her colleagues, was legendary! I’m so sad, but happy for her & I’ll look forward to meeting up w/her again! Prayers for the family.

  • Servant hearted, talented, resilient, resourceful, Cherry was a joyful God follower, full of grace and humor. I will miss her. We all will.

  • Cherry enjoyed life to the fullest. She was so upbeat and positive….a great example to all of us of how to face life’s adversities. I have great memories of the times we spent on Frederick. She will be greatly missed, but we can’t wish her back. We look forward to seeing her again.

  • What a privilege to have known Cherry these past 14 months as she joyfully embraced life with such authenticity! We pray that our love for her will be a great source of comfort to each of you in these days ahead! We grieve with you and will miss her!

  • Oh the many memories of our days together at NLCS in Maryland..what a witness she has been in recent years as she courageously battled disease and its accompanying rollercoaster, both physical and emotional. Well done, good and faithful servant. I can only imagine…I too look forward to seeing you again!

  • Words simply cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of this beautiful lady. What a blessing she was to all who met her. Praying for peace and comfort for your family today and the days to come.

  • I know she in the arms of our Lord. So sorry for yall loss. Spending all my family hugs and love during this time. Love you all.

  • Cherry impacted the life of many people including mine. I will forever treasure her friendship, our conversations and our love for Jesus. My heart hurts but I know she is healed and enjoying the presence of God.

    I will follow your steps, dear friend, and your example of praising the Lord at all times. I love you and miss you dearly.

  • Cherry wore her testimony…her smiling face…her lifted hand…her beautiful songs of praise let everyone know she was a belived child of God. I am blessed to have known her and know because of her testimony that “it is real!” Praying for you as you miss her but celebrating with you a life well lived.
    Karen Bush

  • She shared her beautiful voice with all of us and now I can picture her singing for God in heaven. My prayers are with her family and those who loved her.

  • May the promises from God bring you a measure of comfort during your time of bereavement. “…and he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more…” Revelation 21:3, 4.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Harriett (FL)

  • What an amazing lady cherry was and will be missed by many. She blessed so many with her angelic voice. She fought a good fight and has finished the course victoriously.
    She loved the Lord and it was obvious in everything she did. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We love you!

  • Praying for Confort, God give you peace and love to the whole Family. Love you all 🙏😍✈️💜

  • Mis mas sinceras condolencias para la familia Richey…

    Hay gente que marca tu vida. Hay veces que es por algún gesto especial que tuvo para contigo, una manera especial de ser, o un talento nato que te ha impactado de una manera u otra. En el caso de mi amiga Cherry Richey ha sido todo lo mencionado arriba ( all of the above). Quizás nunca se lo dije personalmente pero su vida impacto la mia. Fue una mujer de mil talentos y un corazón para usarlos para el servicio De Dios. Ahora esta en un lugar con un cuerpo glorificado y sin cancer. Se que yo y miles la extrañaremos.

  • Cherry was such an amazing person and her love for God was grand! She was a great piano teacher to me and I will continue to learn piano and learn it better in honor of her! I am inspired by her and I miss her very much! I love you Cherry!

  • Nuestra querida Cherry nos ha dejado UN LEGADO DE FE, VALENTIA Y CORAJE: … La mejor manera de honrar la memoria de nuestra amada amiga y hermana, Pastora Cherry Richey es seguir su ejemplo de fidelidad y servicio a Dios. Siempre nos inspiró su perseverancia y su fe en Cristo aun en medio de la adversidad. Gracias amiga, mentora, compañera de trabajo y mi otra hija, por marcar nuestras vidas. Gracias por bendecirnos a través de tu trabajo, la alabanza y adoración a Dios. Esperamos seguir tu ejemplo de fidelidad. Siempre vivirás en nuestros corazones porque personas como tú no se pueden olvidar. Ahora puedes decir victoriosamente … “He peleado la buena batalla, he acabado la carrera, he guardado la fe. Por lo demás, me está guardada la corona de justicia, la cual me dará el Señor, juez justo, en aquel día; y no sólo a mí, sino también a todos los que aman su venida” 2 Timoteo 4:7 y 8 …. Dios fortalezca los corazones de la amada familia Richey.

  • Cherry was an amazing friend and an inspiration to all of those around her. I am so thankful for the many times we laughed together. Cherry was the best story teller and she was so good at finding the joy in everyday things. Her passion for Jesus and her desire to serve drew people in and inspired us to walk closer with God.

    Dear friend, your passing has left a great void. I love you and I miss you tremendously.

  • By beloved Cherry thank you for being my role model and being a woman after Gods own heart
    Te Amo and i see you soon my beautiful fighter 💕

  • Senorita Richey was one of my favorite teachers. She made learning Spanish so much fun, and she encouraged my love for Spain. I’m so very sorry for your loss! She left this earth too soon for our liking, but I know she’s dancing in heaven right now with her beautiful smile.

  • I had the pleasure of knowing both Cherry and her mother for several years. My sincere condolences to the family.

  • I remember meeting Cherry in Mt. Vernon when I was a teenager. I lived near her and would ride my bicycle to her house. She was the sweetest person and so funny. My sincere condolences to the family.

  • Cherry was a lively member of our Sunday School Class. She will be truly missed. But we know she’s with Jesus singing his praises like never before!

  • Amada Cherry Richey. Su corazón fue sincero su amistad fue sincera su adoración a Dios fue de entrega total. Fue una mujer de muchos ejemplos. Nunca podré olvidar su presencia. Recuerdo cuando hablé por última ves con ella en nuestra iglesia El Camino Metro. Cuando fue su despedida a Ohio. Hr Cherry la extremaremos espero volver a verla. No se olvide de nosotros la estaremos esperando. Y ella con una linda sonrisa me respondió les amo con todo mi corazón y pronto los volveré a ver. Hr Cherry Ya no se pudo volver a verla a ca en la tierra pero si nos volveremos aver a ya en la presencia del señor.. mis condolencias para la familia Richey.

  • To all the Richey Family, our sympathy and prayers are with you all. My family and I want to honor Cherry’s memory for what she was to us and to many other people, a great daughter, WORSHIPER and WARRIOR, ADORADORA y GUERRERA, of God, a wonderful example to follow, and, if we were asked to describe Cherry, we believe there are not enough words to do so. Cherry Richey was: Joyful, Gozosa, Merciful, Misericordiosa, Grateful, Agradecida, Awesome, Grandiosa, Courageous, Atrevida, Motivadora, Motivational, Gracious, Graciosa, Humilde, Humble and many more. Whichever word we chose describes Cherry Lyn Richey. We will say all those words and these, Loving and Caring sister Cherry! Now you are with Jesus singing praises to God, please sing that song “Ven a Este Lugar” in “G” so all the congregation can sing.