On November 29th 2020, Cherise Davis, loving mother, daughter, sister and wife became an ancestor. Cherise was the mother of Omid and Langston, and wife to Brennan Davis. From her marriage, she gained another two sons, Brandon and Joshua.
Cherise was born on June 30th 1991, in Clackamas, Oregon to Mark Williams and Suzette Washington. She was born four years after her brother Curtis, but from day one, she and her brother had a close relationship. Cherise was lucky to not only be close to him but also to her twin sister, Dennise. She loved being a part of a large family, and having their support. Cherise was taken care of by her Aunt Jeanette and Uncle Bobby along with their Grandparents Curtis and Vivian while in the foster system. At the age of six, she and her sister, Dennise were adopted by her parents Mehrnaz Sharifi and Ala Mofidi, who are Iranian immigrants. They influenced her life tremendously, and instilled Persian traditions, which filled her life with a new culture and language. She and her sister then gained two sisters, Suzi and Leia, and two brothers Kevin and Harley, who she greatly adored. She and the family resided in the Irvington area.
While she grew up in the Portland area, she attended the Portland Public school system. She graduated from Meek high school, in 2010. After high school, Cherise attended Portland Community College and The Portland Art Institute. Eventually she left Portland to relocate, first she moved to Washington, then to Tennessee, where she met her husband Brennan and became a military spouse. The two of them, then had a baby boy together. Their active military lifestyle led them to move around, which she handled with grace and strength. She was a supportive wife, who loved with all her heart. She finally returned home with her children to Portland, while her husband completed his year long overseas assignment. She continued to be a loving and supportive wife even during the most difficult times. She put her family first and cared deeply for all of them. Also, she was a supportive friend and social butterfly. She enjoyed new friendships and made a life lasting impact on everyone whom she met.
Cherise was a determined person, and never gave up. She had a big heart and a fiery passion for social justice. She stood up for everyone including herself. In 2012, Cherise and her sister organized for seven months of protest against their sexist and racist employer Papa Murphy’s. Her courage and bravery led her and her sister to victory in a lawsuit against them. She later graced the front page of the sunday Oregonian during sexual harassment awareness seriers. Her passion for justice did not stop there, Cherise spent her entire life fighting for justice and against unequal systems. Cherise was a proud advocate and of her identity as a Black and Persian woman. She was fearless and adamant about her beliefs. Cherise was a strong advocate for all people but especially for other Black women. She deeply believed Black Lives Matter, and she was beyond happy to be the mother of Black sons.
She was an incredible mother who prioritized her children's happiness and wellbeing. She created an abundant life for her children and filled their lives with happiness, love, vacations and adventures. Cherise was not only an incredible mother who made sure her children were having fun, but she was an extraordinary Auntie. Cherise cherished being an Auntie, and had many nieces and nephews. She spent as much time as she could with them and they too loved to spend time with her. Cherise was also an avid music lover. She owned all the newest albums and spent much of her adolescents attending concerts. Cherise loved to sing and dance. She was always the highlight of the karaoke nights with her family. Cherise’s vibrant energy could be heard and felt, wherever she was. She was known for her bright smile, infectious laughter, and sweet heart.
On her homeward journey, she will join her paternal grandparents, Vivian and Curtis Williams, and her maternal grandparents George Washington, and Jhonie Persons. She was also preceded by her Aunt Jackie and Uncle Victor.
Cherise is survived by her husband Brennan, and their sons Omid, Langston, Brandon, and Joshua. Furthermore she is survived by her sister Dennise, and her brother Curtis along with her other siblings. She is survived by all her parents, along with her other family, the Barber’s. Cherise also had a magnitude of surviving cousins, nephews, nieces.
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