Virginia Ann Dowe Cherry, 89, of Uniontown, quietly passed away with her family by her side Monday, October 21, 2019, at Meadow Heights Senior Apartments, where she resided.
She was born August 2, 1930, in Greensburg, to James Howard Dowe and Anna Margaret Dowe.
She resided in Monarch and graduated from Dunbar Township High School in 1948. After graduation, she worked in Uniontown Hospital as a nurse's aide for several years providing compassionate care to patients.
She met and married Walter Cherry in 1949 and resided in Cumberland, Md., for a short period.
In 1952, they moved back to Uniontown, where they joined the Church of God. There, Virginia served as a Sunday school teacher and secretary during this time.
Virginia and Walter had six children, baby Debra Jean (deceased), Reverend Walter Stephen Cherry, Timothy Cherry, Kimberly Cherry (deceased), Kelvin Cherry and Paula (Cherry) Alston.
When her husband, the Reverend Walter Cherry, was called to the ministry, he became pastor of the First Church of God in Houston. Walter, Virginia and the family travelled many miles, every Sunday to Houston.
Virginia was a beautiful, devout Christian who faithfully served the Lord and church as First Lady beside her husband for 32 years until they retired.
Later in life, Virginia enjoyed going to the Uniontown Senior Center with great pleasure, where she sang hymns and participated in activities with a host of friends. She also attended the Solid Rock Church, Uniontown, where she was Mother of the Church.
Virginia truly was a loving, caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A very sweet person indeed. A good friend to all who needed her and loved by so many in the church community and the local community.
Viewing will be held at LANTZ FUNERAL HOME, 297 East Main Street, Uniontown, at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 26. A service will immediately follow at 12 p.m., with the Reverend Doctor James C. Cherry Sr. of First Baptist Church of Pittgast, Clarksville, officiating.
Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown.