Helen Cherry of Destin, Florida left this troubled world for glorious Paradise on February 7, just a few days after celebrating her 100th birthday. Born in Luverne, Alabama on January 16, 1921, she was the oldest of Lewis and Gertrude Langford’s eight children. In 1943, she became the military wife of James Cherry and loved him devotedly for 56 years. Now, they are together again.
Helen was mother to Mary Helen Ready, her only child, and grandmother to James and Frank Ready. And, oh, how she adored her only great grandchild, Catherine Mary Ready, who called her “Granny.” She was grandmother in law to Elise Ready (James) and Jennifer Ready (Frank).
Nicoleta Tatum (Tobie) was her special "adopted granddaughter" who always brought her donuts.
Because of her large and loving Langford and Cherry families, her deceased and living siblings, as well as her many nieces and nephews are not named here, but they all know how she loved them and leaves behind many treasured memories of their big sister Helen and Aunt Helen.
Always one to care about others, she was certain to tell anyone who came to visit, “Now you be careful on your way home.” Her last words to her daughter who came to see her in the hospital were those very words of love and concern. And her daughter said to her, “And you be careful going Home too.”
She went home just a few hours after that moment.
Fond of matching Bible verses to every occasion, she would say to those who mourn her passing, “Let not your hearts be troubled…in my Father’s house are many rooms.” She would also add that there’s plenty of room in Heaven for anyone who rests their hearts in Christ.
McLaughlin’s Funeral Home is in charge of Helen’s arrangements. Viewing will precede graveside services on February 22, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 for visitation in the chapel and 11:30 for a final farewell at Beal Memorial Cemetery. Please follow Covid protocol by wearing a mask and observing social distancing.
Contributions in her honor may be made to First Baptist Church of Destin. But she also liked pretty flowers.
Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed and placed at www.mclaughlinmortuary.com
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