Melanie Baier Cherry

March 16, 1973 - February 4, 2008

Melanie Baier Cherry died February 4, 2008 at home after a year-long battle with cancer. She touched countless lives with her courage, bravery, eternal optimism, and a smile that could light up any room and brighten everyone's day. Melanie was born in Fort Madison, Iowa on March 16, 1973. She was raised in Iowa, Minnesota, and Austin, Texas where she graduated from Westlake High School in 1991. She lettered in swimming and qualified and competed in the state high school championships all 4 years. She was awarded a 5 year full scholarship for swimming to Illinois State University, a Division 1 school. She also took classes at the University of Texas, Austin and graduated from Old Dominion in Virginia in 1995 having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in International business and Spanish. Melanie moved to Dallas, Texas after college graduation and took a job as Senior Planner at Fossil, Inc. While at Fossil she met Brandon Cherry and they married May 13, 2000. In 2004 she became a Senior Allocator with JC Penney, Corporate. Her immediate family currently resides in Frisco, Texas. Melanie is survived by her husband, Brandon, sons Jake, 5 and Cole, 23 months, her parents Jerry and Patricia Baier, sister, Melissa Baier, maternal grandmother Shirley Beemer, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. In celebration of Melanie's life, friends and family are invited to attend a visitation between 6 and 8 p.m., February 8, 2008 at the Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home located at 2525 Central Expressway North (Highway 75) Allen, Texas 75013. The memorial service will be held the following day at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel at Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home. Memorials can be sent to the Jake and Cole Cherry Trust Fund, c/o the Fort Madison Bank and Trust, 636 Avenue G., Fort Madison, Iowa 52627.

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Mercy, I miss you. I love you so. Jill, February 24, 2017 Brandon, I just happen to run into Carla and she told me about Melanie. I wish I had known sooner. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I think of you often and I know you are a wonderful father to your sons... God Bless, Susie Miller Susie Miller, December 18, 2008 Melanie, I have so many memories of our longhorn and high school swimming days and all throughout our years together at school. You were always so kind to everyone and so fun and upbeat to have as a friend. Your spirit was so bright that no one could ignore your inner and outer beauty! Thank you for touching my life. I will miss you! My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family! Marielle Kipe- Gilbert, February 25, 2008 What was so impressive about Melanie was how much the people around her loved working with her. When she left Fossil, the folks she left behind were so sad - for themselves! Because having Melanie on the team made their work days so much fun. Brandon, you & your sons are in my prayers. Merri Huang, February 23, 2008 Melanie, I remember your radiant smile and bubbly personality. Never a dull moment when I knew you and worked with you at Fossil. You will always be missed and remembered, and you will remain with Brandon and your boys in 'spirit'. Deepest condolences to Brandon, Jake, Cole and all your family. Love, Roshnie Muscarello Roshnie Muscarello, February 14, 2008 Brandon, We are truly sorry about your loss. Melanie was a beautiful person and she will be greatly missed. Whenever you need us we are here for you and your family. Chris and Pam Pensata, February 12, 2008 Brandon, Jake and Cole eventhough I never met you, I knew so much about you. Your Wife and Mom truly loved you. You could see it in her eyes, smile and laugh when she spoke about you and especially when she shared pictures and storeis of you. My son's name is James and we always talked about our "J" boys. I have so many wonderful memories. Brandon not sure if you will remember Mel's friend from Relic that sent her home with the Burt's Bees, that was me. I still see her face when she told me how it made life much better at the Cherry house. What a loss you must feel and now you need time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Brooke Adams, February 11, 2008 God Bless you and your family Dena N Chappell, February 11, 2008 Melanie, You and your family will be in our hearts and prayers forever, as you change hands with the Lord to watch over your family from within their hearts. Love PJ and Carol Borter family PJ and Carol Borter Borter, February 9, 2008 God needed a really special angel because truly one of the best was chosen. Melanie never met a stranger, and made those around her feel most welcome. She was a wonderful mother and wife. Melanie touched my heart, and I will remember her always. Kelly Terwege, February 9, 2008 Brandon, our condolences to you and your family. We pray for you and the boys, and pray for strength as you move through this incredibly difficult time. Jake already has so much of his mom in him (sweet, caring, kind), her Spirit will always be with you and the boys. Thane really enjoyed Montessori with Jake. Greg, Corinna, Thane and Avery Spencer, February 8, 2008 I remember the day that Melanie joined our team in the Infant Toddler buying area at JCPenney. Immediately we knew that we had a special person joining our group with a radiant smile and ultra positive outlook. Melanie's vibrant happy aura lifted those around her. If you were having a tough day just being near Melanie would turn your attitude around. Her pressence was a positive catalyst for all those around her. Melanie will be remembered as one of those few people whom we are truly fortunate to have known and whom we have hopefully incorporated a little of her positivity into our daily lives for the betterment of those around us, and in that way honor Melanie. Tim Hamilton, February 8, 2008 Brandon so sorry of your loss just remember Melanie lives on in your two little boys.My prayers are with you and your family. IRMA VALVERDE, February 8, 2008 May GOD's grace keep you and your family through this season and always remember Proverbs 3:5,6. Aaron Fails, February 8, 2008 Brandon, we are very sorry for the loss of your Beloved Wife. We pray that God will give you strength and peace during this difficult time. The Huggins Family David Huggins, February 8, 2008 Melanie, I too will remember you as such a happy person with an incredible smile. I pray for Brandon and your boys. I know they meant the world to you. May they find comfort in knowing that you are now at peace and will be watching them from above. My heart goes out to your family and I will keep them in my prayers. Mardelle Lorton, February 8, 2008 My sincerest condolences to your entire family. My thought and prayers go out to you and your sons. Cindy Trebing, February 8, 2008 Our deepest condolences to the Baier & Cherry family. Our thoughts and prayers be with you all during this time of need. God bless you all. Lupe & Melissa Rodriguez (JW Interiors), February 8, 2008 Brandon, I am so sad to hear about Melanie. You and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers. Melanie was such a joy to work with in Relic. She absolutely radiated happiness. She was such a kind person. Remember when you guys had Kris and I over to see the work that had been done on your Lindsley house? We were thinking of hiring Texas Renovators...Jackie, what a character. Then you guys came over to our house for dinner. I remember that Melanie was pregnant. I was so lucky to have known her. Jennifer Jennifer Sweckard, February 8, 2008 Brandon, Our prayers go out to you and your family. May god bless you as you go through this difficult time. Our hearts go out to all the family. Juan & Erika Garcia, February 8, 2008 Dear Jerry and Patricia, also Brandon, Jake and Cole. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I consider Melanie one of the special athletes and students I have had the pleasure to work with. Even though I did not train her she valued my input and made me feel part of her success. She was a great person back at Westlake and it is obvious she has continued to have a tremendous effect on others. I am sure she was a super Mom. My prayers are with each of you. Coach David Patterson, February 8, 2008 My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I wish you nothing but the best. Wayne Douglas Parsons, February 8, 2008 Our sincerest condolences to your entire family. Our prayers are with all of you. Much Love, Bill & Cindy Uptmore Cindy Christine Uptmore, February 8, 2008 Brandon I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Melanie. May God bless you in your time of need and always look over you and your boys. Gilbert Rodriguez, February 8, 2008 Melanie, I'll remember you always as lovely, happy, and graceful. Brenda Vance, February 7, 2008 We met in middle school and by high school we were inseparable. I have so many fond memories of the fun we had back then, such as our camping escapade and getting ready for the proms. I am so glad we continued our friendship over the years. You were the bridesmaid who took care of all of the details that helped make my wedding perfect. I got to know Brandon and your beautiful children and know how proud you were of them. Melanie, you were the best friend anyone could have. You continue to teach me about what is most important in life. I miss you terribly. Love, Kristin Holbert McWilliams Kristin Holbert McWilliams, February 7, 2008 Melanie, I remember all the swimming meets, and how much you and Lisa enjoyed them.You looked so smooth doing the breast stroke.You were always happy after each event. I also remember how beautiful you looked at your wedding, like a princess. You accomplished so much in such a short time.I will miss you. Diana Dennie, February 7, 2008 My deepest sympathy to Brandon, his children, and all of the family members. I remember her along with everyone else as always having a brilliant smile!! SHIRLEY WATKINS, February 7, 2008 The Cherry Family: my thoughts and prayers goes out to you and your family, may God Bless you, and keep you. Kelvin Hood, February 7, 2008 My sincerest condolences to Brandon and the family, my prayers will be with you. Eric Jones, February 7, 2008 Melanie and I were best friends in High School. I always looked up to you. So pretty, and so smart. Swimming was our life. I will never forget our memories. My heart goes out to Jerry and Pat. I know how much you adored your daughter. My thoughts and prayers go out to Brandon and the boys. Lisa Dennie-Ueckert, February 7, 2008 We never met Melanie but felt like we knew her from the stories that Jerry proudly shared with us. Jerry and Pat,we know that there are no condolences for losing such a precious thing as a daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Geoff and Mary Lou Rich Geoff and Mary Lou Rich, February 7, 2008 Melanie was a wonderful person. The love Brandon and Melanie shared was something truly special. Robbie and I had the honor of sharing Brandon's proposal, and I will never forget the look on her face. She lived life to its fullest, and we are deeply saddened by this loss. We will continue to remember the great memories we had with you guys. Brandon, please find strength in knowing Melanie is at peace now with our Lord, and hang in there for those cute little boys. Love and Prayers, Cindy, Robbie, Rowdy, and Ryston Cindy and Robbie King, February 7, 2008 Melanie brought joy and happiness to our East Dallas Hollywood Heights neighborhood. We missed her when she left our neighborhood and will miss her even more now that she has departed this life...what an inspiration she has been, and her memory will continue! David Glover, February 7, 2008 Our prayers have been and will continue to be with you. Melanie's sweetness and caring will keep her in our heart always. She touched others with a joy that most people are never capable of giving. May her courage and joy comfort and strengthen you. Cathy and Richard Long, February 6, 2008 My condolence goes out to the entire family, so sorry for your loss Brandon, I will keep your family in my prayers. Latrina Rivers, February 6, 2008 Melanie and I graduated from Westlake together. We had many classes together and enjoyed learning together. She always made class so much fun especially Texas History at Hill Country Middle School. I will miss her vibrance and love of life. Shannon Elliott Harvey, February 6, 2008 My sincerest condolences to Brandon, the boys and the rest of the family. Melanie will be remembered for being kind and tender. She touched everyone she met. Pamela Edwards, February 6, 2008 So many early mornings. You were like my big sister as we swam through our life. You will be greatly missed. Love always, Shannon Cohee-Lofton Shannon Cohee-Lofton, February 5, 2008 Melanie was always a joy to be around. Always happy is the way I remember her. My prayer goes out to the family. May God comfort you in this hour. I pray for Brandon, Malanie's husband. Brandon, God will give you strength as you live your life. May God comfort your soul as you carry on each day. Melanie, I know, will remain in your heart and life. DON USSERY, February 5, 2008 I remember the first time I met you - at a work function at JCPenney. You were joining the Boys' allocation team and would be my peer. I remember hearing about your husband, Brandon, and son, Jake, and how much love was in your voice and smile for them. I also remember thinking how much I looked forward to having your bright personality as part of our group. You have truly touched my life with your story. Every night I pray for your family that God will envelop them in His love and your sweet memory. Leslie Ruppert, February 5, 2008 WE WERE VERY SADDENED TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR LOSS AND SEND YOU OUR CONDOLENCES PAUL & SUSAN REHS, February 5, 2008 Melanie was such a sweet caring person. She will be greatly missed. I worked with her at Fossil and she was always a beam of sunshine. I remember when she and Brandon started dating and then got married. It was a joyous occassion. I pray for Brandon and the kids that they will heal and remember all the good things about Melanie and know that now she is at peace. Suzi Rowley, February 5, 2008 There is one more star shining brightly in the heavens. No doubt, it is Melanie shining down to let us know she is free from all pain and discomfort. While she is watching over all of us, she is most certainly the most lovely guardian angel that Jake and Cole could ever wish for. Brandon, Jerry, Pat...may God's love give you the strength to take each day as it comes and know that Melanie can now be at peace. Our love and prayers are yours. Kellie Borter Donlevy, Dan, Emma & Madelyn, February 5, 2008 Melanie - You are now joining the senior Baier's. They needed to see that infectious smile. Fuzzy (Uncle John) and Grandma Marie and Grandpa Bud needed another person for cards. We pray for your boys and husband, and your caring parents Jerry & Pat...it is so hard on the ones that didn't want you to leave them. NO MORE pain can attack you now. You are in God's hands now. Your cousins, Pat and Barb (Wheaton, IL) Barbara & Pat Rehs, February 5, 2008 I will never forget your smile and positive energy that you shared with me everyday. I am so grateful for your friendship and I thank God everyday for bringing you into my life. Your strength, courage and fun-loving personality will truely be missed. Jennifer Hawkins, February 5, 2008 I remember what a sweet girl you were to your sister. I also remember Kellie and Melanie running in the yard and laughing when you were little. While Aunt Marie and my Mom (Aunt Jane)were sitting and talking. Still wishing they that energy. Remembering when P.J. and Jerry did the same thing. Margie Borter Black, February 5, 2008 Melanie - since the first day we met at a JCPenney/Fossil meeting we have had a bond. You are one "special person" and I will miss your positive outlook on life. You were a great mom and I know you will be looking over your sons as they grow into "fine young men" because of the great mom you were. I will miss you. My condolence to your entire family during this very difficult time. Janet M Hilton, February 5, 2008 Melanie was always a ray of positve light, she will be greatly missed. Melanie had a great outlook on all aspects of life. I pray for Brandon, the children and their entire family. May God comfort you in this time of loss. Brian Wacyk, February 5, 2008 Melanie was one of those rare people you meet that never talked about herself but always wanted to hear about you. The fact is, she was much more interesting than most of us. She brought out your softer side and showed a touch of Humility. My family will miss her deeply and she will continue to be in our daily prayers, along with her family. Tim Brennan, February 5, 2008 From the first time we met, we were so drawn to Melanie. Just one of those people you want to be around. She had such an infectious smile and was always in a good mood. This happiness was transferred to her mothering, which we also truly admired. She was so playful with her children. Her legacy of joy will live on in those sweet boys. Her courage this past year was amazing and a true testament to her person. Melanie, you will be missed so much. You are always in our hearts and in our prayers. You are a bright light... Aurelia & Tim Brennan, February 4, 2008 I will always remember your smile and the way you could always make the best out of every situation. The way you always said “Good Morning”, no matter what. I will definitely miss you. Work will not be the same place. I am praying for your family that God will take them in His hands at this time. Rebecca Tessier, February 4, 2008