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Cherie Darleen Whitaker Hansen

Cherie Darleen Whitaker Hansen passed away on June 3, 2021 after the last of multiple battles with cancer.

Born September 25, 1967 in Nampa, Idaho, Cherie was the fourth and final child of Keith and Joyce Whitaker. After Keith’s tragic passing at a young age, Cherie's mother packed up the family and moved to Providence, the community Cherie would ultimately call home for the rest of her life.

As a gifted actor and vocalist, Cherie’s talents dazzled audiences from day one. Some of her favorite roles included Becky in Tom Sawyer and Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Her last performance moved audiences with its skill and emotional depth when she played the Witch of Into the Woods. Cherie, like all the Whitakers, owed her talent and passion for music to her mother, who led the family in musical numbers during cross country car rides.

Cherie graduated from Mountain Crest High School, attended Utah State University, and was a member of the Sun Valley Carolers and Sunburst Singers. Always defying stereotypes, she could belt Vocal Jazz, 80s pop, or Country, with equal joy.

Cherie married the love of her life, Jeff Hansen, on March 29, 1991, in Salt Lake City. On her wedding day, she became the mother of two wonderful children, Jason and Brittany, whom she raised with Jeff at their home in Providence. As the ultimate sun worshiper, many of Cherie’s happiest moments were spent with Jeff, the kids, and friends in the outdoors, on the beach, or standing over a smoker.

Cherie could find the fun and excitement in any setting - an antique store, a pool float, or a Nascar race. Her unique energy could brighten any circumstance. She was kind, generous, and had that rare knack for making anyone feel welcome. That, combined with her infectious laugh and mischievous grin, made her a natural friend and a wonderful mother and grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Cherie was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brother, Bradford Keith Whitaker, Jeff’s mother, Irene Cooper, and brother-in-law Fernando Moreno.

Her legacy will be carried on by Jeff; their children, Jason (Casey) Hansen; Brittany Hansen; and her grandchildren: Kentlee Hansen, Josephine Hansen, Jase Hansen and Dominic Hansen and Dakotah Hansen. She is also survived by her sister Ann (Rick ) Langenheim, her brother Craig (Annette) Whitaker, and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a private service at a later date in the Providence, UT Cemetery. Memories may be shared with the family at www.whitepinefunerals.com


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Our family has been richly blessed by having known Cherie Hansen for the last 23 years. Cherie's life is an example to all those who knew her of how to love, play, and lift others around us. She has positively impacted so many people and helped us learn how to love others. We appreciate her many talents and the joy she brought to others through her gifts to sing and act on stage. Her positive attitude and personality brought happiness to all who were in her presence. We will miss you for awhile Cherie, but are glad for your reunion with your dad and other family members that have left this earth before you. We are grateful for all the memories.

Love ,

The Swink's

Keri and James Swink Jun 11 2021 11:08 AM

Paula Olsen lit a candle for Cherie Darleen Whitaker Hansen

Paula Olsen Jun 10 2021 1:58 AM

I'm very sad to hear the news about Cherie
I have many great memories of the good times we all shared together and I'm happy to count you both as some of my best friends and I hope that you have your family around you to help you as you adjust to the challenges of life without her.
It's always at times like this that I reflect on my own life and I always say to myself I should have tried harder to make more time for the friends in my life and make more memories with them but everyday life always gets in the way.
I hope you know if you need anything even if it's just someone to listen to what's on your mind (sometimes that really helps) I will be there for you.
Please let me know if there's anything I can do for you or your family.
My sincere condolences my friend she was a wonderful person and will missed by all who knew her.
Take care
Your friend
Duane Maughan and family

Duane Maughan Jun 9 2021 5:47 PM

my heart is broken to know that you are gone. you were the most amazing woman and sister in law that i have every had the privileage of knowing. your smile your strength will never be forgotten... i love you always and forever and i am sure going to miss you.. love your camilious.....

cami Jun 9 2021 5:34 PM

My heart fell to my knees when my husband told me of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am only a phone call away should you need anything! We love you all!

Edye and Reed Wagstaff Jun 9 2021 9:29 AM

Such a beautiful soul. Her inner beauty far out-shined her natural beauty. Her personality was expressed so lovely through her smile and her eyes.

Craig Whitaker Jun 9 2021 12:44 AM

My mom was the most genuine, amazing woman I've ever known. Her smile and presence could light up a room. I will always carry her strength and determination with me, one of the many things she taught me was to never give up! Mom I promise you will never be forgotten and all your grandkids will know what a remarkable woman you were. I'm going to miss you so much. I never ending love you!

Brittany Hansen Jun 8 2021 11:51 PM

I wish I would have known her better. She will leave empty place in our lives .

Joe Cooper Jun 8 2021 12:13 AM

So sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family. I really enjoyed working with Cherie. It was never boring! She was fun to be around.

Rochelle Simper Jun 7 2021 8:38 PM

I can't believe that I won't get my 30 more years. My heart aches and I miss you so much already. You were the love of my life, my best friend, and favorite person to be with. Your beautiful crooked smile and devious eyes always melted my heart. I'm going to miss you so much.
I love you always my Babz.

Jeff Hansen Jun 7 2021 6:56 PM