Cherie Victoria Baird, 54, claimed her final reward in heaven on August 5, 2019, surrounded by family, at Clements University Hospital, in Dallas, TX. Cherie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 5, 1965, the daughter of Donald Lee and Ida Mae Beck. She graduated from Marion Abramson Senior High in 1983, and received her Associate of Science degree from North Central Texas College in 2006. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and on the President’s Honor List.
Cherie was an accomplished ballroom dancer and won several Pro-Am competitions in the Dallas Metroplex. The smile she wore when dancing lit up the room and you could tell she loved what she was doing.
Cherie met her husband Robert K Baird while living in the Dallas area and later lived in Satellite Beach, Florida after getting married on March 17, 2012. They both enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, swimming, and travel. Cherie had a strong faith in God and attended Coastline Community Church in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. Cherie had the gift of hospitality and was known for the exquisite parties she would organize and host. She enjoyed assisting the Spacecoast Seafarers Ministry in Port Canaveral, Florida with their annual Gala and felt that the ministry was a wonderful way for God’s message to be spread around the world.
In 2017, Cherie and Robert decided to sell everything and sail the world. After finding the boat of their dreams and living aboard for several months on the Gulf Coast, Cherie was diagnosed with Ideopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). This incurable disease moved quickly and Cherie soon became too ill to continue sailing. Cherie loved Jesus and family in that order, so she and Robert moved back to Dallas in 2019 to be closer to family. She felt blessed to be able to celebrate one last Mother’s Day surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
Cherie is preceded in death by her father Donald and her mother Ida. She is survived by her husband Robert of Dallas, Texas, her brother Jim Beck of Sanger, Texas, and his wife Deneen, her daughter Virginia Reitinger of Aubrey, Texas, and her husband Brad, with their children Gentry and Boston, her daughter Kristen Freeman of McKinney, Texas, and her husband Mike, with their child Chloe, her daughter Samantha Gershenfeld of Carrollton, Texas, and her husband David, her son SGT Timothy Harp of Fort Riley, Kansas, and his wife Ashley, with their child Serenity,
A celebration of Cherie’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the NYLO Hotel, 8201 Preston Road, Plano, Texas 75024. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Cherie’s honor may be made to the following:
Wescoe Foundation For Pulmonary Fibrosis
Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
American Lung Association
Live Stream of service can be found at: http://client.tribucast.com/tcid/88739541