Cherie Dean Gildersleeve


Cherie Dean Gildersleeve, 60, passed from our world on July 18, 2017, joining her beloved son Marcus and her parents. Cherie was born on Aug. 30, 1956, to Charles “Chuck” and Molly (Guy) Gildersleeve in Wenatchee, Washington. She attended schools in Wenatchee, graduating from Wenatchee High School in 1974 and Wenatchee Valley College in 1976 where she studied business. She worked for Chelan/Douglas Mental Health for several years as a receptionist/transcriptionist until she began her lifelong career as a Tumor Registrar for many years at Wenatchee Valley Clinic/ Wenatchee Valley Medical Center. In 1992, she moved to Tri-Cities where she worked for Blue Mountain Registry until moving back to Wenatchee in 2000 working for a short time in the office of Dr. Francis Collins. A year or two later, Cherie was instrumental in re-establishing the Tumor Registry Program at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, rebuilding the program until she became a traveling registry consultant. At the time of her death, she was a tumor registrar working from home for Oregon Health Sciences University.

First of all, Cherie was a loving and devoted mom to the love of her life, her son Marcus. Even though tragically she only had him with her for 18 years, he remains in her heart for eternity. She was eventually able to devote those maternal instincts to her nieces and her miniature Schnauzer, Snoopy Doo. She loved to sing and was a nun in the Sound of Music production in high school; Cherie used this experience to critique Maribeth on her vocal aspirations. In her spare time, she was very artistic, painting with oils, needlework and was an avid reader. Cherie will be remembered as a kind/compassionate and loving sister/aunt/cousin/friend/co-worker. She is survived by her three sisters Melody Brisky, Connie Oaks (& Rick) and Kathy Gebhart (& Michael), all of Wenatchee; five nieces Marina (Nelson) Covey, Misty (Nelson) Diaz, Sara Brisky, Maribeth Brisky and Molly Gebhart; three great-nieces Taylor Critchlow, Bailey Robles and Cami Covey; best friend/cousin Shannon Martinez, family friend Susan Chapman, and many other relatives and friends.

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