Cherie Lou Brady, 92, was carried to heaven by angels, Saturday, August 27, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Cherie was born November 15, 1929, to Harold and Lorraine VonHolt in Spokane, Washington. She attended Holy Names Academy in Spokane and Marylhurst College in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
On August 3, 1950, she married the love of her life, Hugh Brady. One year later the first of eleven children were born, Pat (Patti), Mary Shannon (Jim) Reed, Joanne Brady (Wayne) Berry, Kelly Brady, Peggy (Ron) Bixby, John (Shirley) Brady, Mike (Nikki) Brady, Colleen (Kenny) Holtz, Tim (Kelly) Brady, Nick (Pam) Brady, Beth (Ryan) Holt.
They lived in a section house in Kuna, a boxcar in Reverse, Idaho, spent a short period of time in Spokane and then moved to Boise where they raised their family. Mom spent those years raising eleven children, five boys and six girls. Her children were born in a 14-year span, ten of those in eleven and a half years. As dad traveled on the road for Idaho Sporting Goods, mom spent many nights selflessly giving the best possible life to her kids. From early morning feedings, to rushing kids to the bus stop, preparing pots of Malto Meal, driving her boys to serve at 6:30 am Mass, washing, drying and folding STACKS of laundry, ordering from a wholesale company as there was little time for shopping, driving to HUNDREDS of sporting events for over 20 years, and continuing the same with her 34 grandchildren.
Mom’s Catholic faith was her greatest source of strength. She was a devout Catholic serving in many capacities at Sacred Heart Church. She was a member of the Women’s Altar Society and served as President of the Parish Council, as well as volunteering at numerous Church and school events at Sacred Heart.
Mom had a special devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary. She was her strength as she raised her children, and then continued to guide them as they raised their own children.
After her children were grown, she was the manager of Idaho Sporting Goods at Five Mile. She also volunteered at St. Alphonsus Hospital, was a gifted painter and a had beautiful singing voice. She loved playing bridge and golf with her friends at Hillcrest Country Club. She was true to her Bishop Kelly family, an avid Boise State fan, and loved her Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Mom followed football whether in the stands or on TV and could call out a play with the best of them.
Cherie is survived by her eleven children, 34 grandchildren and 55 (plus one on the way) great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Neil (Keiko) VonHolt of Spokane, WA; David (Barb) VonHolt of Oceanside, CA, and sister Julie (Chuck) Schoenberg of Bremerton, WA, sister-in-law, Eleanor Skelton of Boise, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family is so appreciative of the love and kindness shown by so many throughout this time including Drs. Phail, Huntington and Kemp and the wonderful ICU nurses who took such good care of our mom. We would also like to thank Keystone Hospice, especially nurse Rachel, for your commitment to caring for our mom.
Cherie, mom, grandma and great grandma GiGi we love you and will miss you so much. Your memory and your legacy will live on through all of us. Mom’s greatest advice to her children about raising their children was to “JUST LOVE THEM”!
Vigil Services will be at 7:00 pm, Friday, September 2 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boise. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, September 3 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with a reception to follow at Bishop Kelly High School. Services are under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Bishop Kelly High School Foundation.