Deborah Michelle Cherry-Pierini – Cumberland

Deborah Michelle Cherry-Pierini – Cumberland

Deborah Michelle Cherry-Pierini, of Roosevelt Road, Cumberland, lost her battle with ALS in her home early Monday morning, August 20, 2018, with her loving family by her side.

Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late James Francis and Olive Lucille (Lemieux) Cherry. She was the best friend and wife of Kenneth Pierini.

Deborah’s life was amazing, and she accomplished so much in a short time. To highlight a few, she attended Regis College, Rhode Island College, Providence College and Brown University. She received a double master’s degree in English as a second language and school administration. She worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line International in the late 1980s on the Song of America, as director of activity for children. She worked for the city of Cranston as a teacher for 18 years. She left Cranston School Department to open up her own school in her home town of Cumberland, called the Cherry Blossom Journey School, on Mendon Road, but out of all her accomplishments, her favorite title/position was being called Mom.

Debbie was known for her artistic ability, holiday cooking, Christmas spirit and amazing ginormous Christmas trees.

Beside her loving husband, she is survived by her four loving children Sarah, Noah, Maggie and Mikenzie Pierini, all of Cumberland; two sisters M. Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, Dwight, of West Greenwich, R.I., and Susan M. Melia and her husband James of Cumberland and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., in St. Joseph Church, 1303 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864. Calling hours are respectfully omitted and burial will be private at the request of the family.

The arrangements are entrusted to the Lincoln Funeral Home under the direction of Paulette Bedard and James Richard Melia.