Tarah Cherry Obituary, Death – The devoted wife of Edward E. Cherry, Sarah Stanton Cherry of Hamden, Connecticut, died away on January 6, 2023, at the Connecticut Hospice Hospital in Branford, Connecticut. She was the daughter of Mary Louise Tribble Stanton and William Bizzell Stanton, Jr., both of Cincinnati, Ohio. Louise was a loving mother, and William was an independent businessman. Tarah’s parents instilled these traits in her since they could see them in her sense of independence and love for her family. Three sons were born from Tarah’s first marriage to James C. Evans: Charmaine Carmichael Evans of Cincinnati, Ohio; Brett (Deena) Stanton Evans of San Francisco; and Christopher (Moki) George Evans of Gaithersburg, Maryland. She is survived by Ezekiel (Zeke) Osmond, Kaitlin Eitz-Evans, Taylor Rose Evans, Sarita Tarah Evans, Sydney Marie Evans, Shaina Marie Evans, Colby Carmichael Evans, Sarek Mallareddy, and Nola Evans. She also leaves behind one great-great-granddaughter, Naveah, and nine great-great-grandchildren.
On April 23, 1942, Tarah was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan. She attended Fisk University in Tennessee after Withrow High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she joined the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, before earning her degree from Boston University. She was a Life Member of the NAACP, a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, and an Archousa of the New Haven Chapter of the Beta Tau Boule of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. She was a member of the Greater New Haven African American Historical Society as well. She contributed to the communication of cancer’s causes and treatments while residing in Boston. Before returning to Connecticut in 1981, she first relocated to the Cincinnati region in 1978.
After receiving her master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State College in New Haven, Connecticut, Tarah took further courses at the Yale-New Haven Teacher’s Institute before receiving her certification to teach science in the City of New Haven, Connecticut. She has always been incredibly passionate about information, research, and technology. She frequently spent afternoons and weekends at the Boston Children’s Museum and Boston Science Museum in the early years of raising her children. Her offspring, grandkids, and several additional generations of students in the New Haven area have inherited her love for STEM education. For her efforts as a teacher, she was given numerous honors, including the title of master teacher. Right up until her passing, she kept on teaching.
Her love for her family was her greatest passion. She was a dedicated grandmother who had reared her own children. She made it a point to spend time with and get to know each of her grandchildren. Tarah took her grandchildren to Alaska and the Grand Canyon using intergenerational acting, dancing, or outdoor adventure programs. Tarah would encourage family get-togethers, parties, holidays, and any other occasion for everyone to get together and make wonderful, tasty, and amusing memories in between visits and excursions.
As a great legacy of the life she shared with us, Tarah’s close friends and family will always remember her laughter, that independent and free-spirited attitude, and love. The family would want to sincerely thank everyone who has shown them kindness during this trying time. We feel better because of your concern, affection, and kindness. Your nice words, which touched our hearts, have raised our spirits. God bless you all, and may He be good to you.
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