Cherie Dawnyel Graves, known to many as Pooh, or Pooh Baby, was born August 25th, 1972, to Glenetta Graves at Dominguez Valley Hospital. She was raised by her mother Glenetta and her grandmother, Rosetta Coleman (deceased) in Los Angeles County. She attended Lincoln Elementary school in Compton, CA. As she matured, she attended Felton Middle School, and then Lynwood High school.
As a young woman, Cherie developed a desire to work in the medical field, attending American Career College, where she would earn her diploma for Medical Billing in 2008. She continued to broaden her education, attending Fullerton College for Business Management. Cherie was full of love, bringing laughter to anyone she was around. She had a passion for cooking, which brought her much happiness when sharing her meals with family and friends. She’d often post pictures of her cooking skills on Instagram #CherieKitchen.
Cherie loved LAUGHING! Watching comedy movies and laughing with others brought her so much joy. She would randomly quote her favorite movie lines and everybody knew to jump in right along with her. She had this kindness of heart that would warm the hearts of everyone around her. She resumed her study of the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses, which strengthened her faith in God’s promise of a resurrection.
ACTS 24:15 says “And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous .”
Cherie was the nearest to the perfect expression of absolute love, that most could not understand. The farthest from selfishness that we have ever witnessed. She’d often defend her sensitivity by saying “That’s who I am. My heart just loves hard.” This kind of heart left a spark with family and friends that will forever shine.”
Cherie is remembered and survived by her mother, Glenetta Graves; daughter, Crystal Raelyn Graves; brothers, Chivas Graves, Sr. and Christopher Graves (Yolanda Rivera-Graves); aunts, Mona O’Neal, Sabrina Graves-Vivens, and LeTasha Collins; uncles, Thomas Jones and Derrick Vivens; first cousins, Brandon Jones and Leanna Hamilton-Upson; nephews, Chivas Graves, Jr., Trevis Graves, Robert Graves, Ka’lique Graves; nieces, Kaprese Graves, Ka’liyah Graves, Chivais Graves, and Kawayna Ford. Pooh’s special phone pal and little cousin, Zaniyah “Z-Baby” Macon, T.J. Upson, as well as a grand host of extended loving family and friends whom she held most dear in her heart.