CONCORD, N.H. — Cheryl “Cherry” Ann Douglass, R.N., 71, of Woburn, Mass., died Monday, June 20, at the Concord Regional VNA Hospice House, Concord, N.H., after a long and tenacious struggle with multiple myeloma for many years.

She was the oldest daughter of Dana C. and Barbara (Anderson) Douglass Jr. of Bethel. She attended the Bethel schools. She graduated from Gould Academy in 1962, having been active in the Varsity Glee Club, band, plays and musicals, and on the editorial board for the Academy Herald at Gould Academy. She was the organist and in the choir at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel throughout her high school years. Cherry graduated from LaSalle Junior College, Auburndale, Mass., in September 1965, where she attended a three-year nursing program. She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Boston College, Boston, Mass., in 1967.

Cherry started a long nursing career at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., after college, working in general medicine, pediatrics, and operating room nursing. She worked at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Mass., for 34 years on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before retiring eight years ago. She provided nursing care and love to many children and their families over the years. Her friends and colleagues from TMC were frequent visitors while there, before her transfer to the Concord Hospice House, where she could be close to some of her family.

Cherry enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1970, doing her basic training in San Antonio, Texas, and was honorably discharged from active duty in October 1974. She served as a flight nurse in the Vietnam War with the 9th Aeromedical Evacuation Group at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, involved in combat aeromedical evacuation of casualties and POWs from Southeast Asia. She received The Air Medal for services during special duty services from February 1972 to November 1972 and was promoted to captain that same year. She was honorably discharged from the inactive reserve section in September 1991.

Cherry loved getting together with friends and family for holidays and special events. Cherry was an avid Red Sox fan and could discuss batting averages, plays, game specifics, players, trades and scores in detail of many ball teams. She was an ardent reader and enjoyed the symphony. She participated in supporting others with cancer through Chemo Angels and has belonged to the Multiple Myeloma Association for years.

Cherry’s great joy was showing Siamese and Oriental cats, primarily in the New England area. For several years she raised a variety of cats that won many awards from the shows that she attended. She met many wonderful friends and their special cats at the shows with whom she formed dear and lasting friendships.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara D. Weeks and husband, Peter;  niece, Brooks W. Rapp and husband, Timmothy, and their daughters, Lauren and Olivia; nephew, Porter Weeks and wife, Brittany, and their sons, Colin and Rowan, of Dunbarton, N.H.; niece, Andrea H. Sickinger and husband, Jonathan, and their sons, Dylan and Taylor of South Hadley, Mass.; niece, Karen H. Bieluch and husband, Jesse, and their daughter, Kendall of Salisbury, N.H.;  nephew, Bryan Kellogg and wife, Heather, and their daughter, Ella, and son, Grady, of Bryant Pond; nephew, Todd Kellogg of Orlando, Fla.; and brothers-in-law, Mark Hutchins of Salisbury, N.H., and Benjamin Kellogg of Bethel.

Cherry was predeceased by her parents, Dana and Barbara A. Douglass; sisters, Diana D. Kellogg of Bethel, and Pamela D. Hutchins of Salisbury, N.H.

Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at www.meaderandson.com.

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