Cherie Ferneda Balison

1 March , 192910 April , 2019

We are sad to announce the peaceful passing of Cherie Ferneda Balison, of Kamloops, BC, at the age of 90 years. She died in the early morning hours of April 10, 2019, at Royal Inland Hospital surrounded by her family. She is survived by her ever-loving husband Dave of 67 years and her son Mark (Debbie) of Kamloops, BC. She leaves behind her seven precious grandchildren – Lea-el Balison (Courtenay, B.C), Christopher (Deanna) Balison (Kamloops, B.C.), Brandy (Shane) Sonnenberg (Kamloops, B.C), Trista Nelson (Nakusp, B.C.), Dustin Balison (Kamloops, B.C.), Dameon Balison (Kamloops, B.C.), Kelly (Ryan) Arsenault (Middletown, Delaware, USA), her twelve great-grandchildren, and her only brother Elvin McDonald (Mission, B.C.). Cherie is predeceased by her parents, Harold and Irene McDonald, her eldest son (Steven Balison) and her only daughter (Jan Balison). Born and growing up in Vancouver, BC, Cherie completed her education and married the love of her life, Dave. Her and Dave soon relocated to Heffley Lake, BC, in support of her husband’s family business venture (Balco Sawmill and later Balco Forest Products). Together Cherie and Dave raised their three children in the Kamloops area. Cherie enjoyed travelling with her husband to many different locations around the world. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed baking cookies for her grandchildren. In her pastime she loved to do crosswords, crocheting, and reading. Always pleasant to be around, Cherie is remembered for her kind, unassuming nature. Her kind heart and impeccable refinement will never be forgotten. The family thanks the staff of Kamloops Seniors Village, Dr. Jonathon Wiltshire and Christine, and the nursing staff on 4-North of RIH, for their outstanding and compassionate care. Her funeral will held at 11 am on April 24, 2019, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kamloops, BC, officiated by Pastor Harold Wiest. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of their choice is welcomed.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, 24 April , 2019

Cherie Ferneda Balison

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joe torchia

19 April 2019

Dave sending you and your family our condolences for the loss of your wife. Many fond memories from our balco days. Once again our condolences for the loss of your wife. Joe Torchia and family.

Andrew Piepjohn

12 April 2019

My memories go back to when I was 7 years old...when the Balisons moved in next door on Thompson Drive and became my parents very good friends...I'm sure the feelings were mutual. We all became family...and shared many events. My best memory comes from a time after my family moved to Paul Lake and they moved to Heffley Creek...Cherda Hills. Uncle Dave and Auntie Cherie always shared their adventures...Dad would take me to work at Balco and I would sleep on the couch in Uncle Dave's office so we could go up to the farm in the morning and work on the farm or CherCabina...or the house across the highway that got moved in from one of the mills...Cherie would have coffee on in the morning to start our day and after a long day Cherie would have wonderful goodies from her fabulous kitchen...along with smiles and laughter...always got the feeling of family from her...a bunch of us sitting around the dinning room table with her at the favorite memory...I have many more. ..all the Balisons have shaped my life and am a better per person for knowing all of them. Cherie and her kitchen will always be dear to my heart.

I am adding a picture of something we are all familiar with and it hangs proudly at my home...a happy reminder of good times...

Reagan Nelson

12 April 2019

I have many happy memories of Cherie, mostly from Cherda and Hefley Lake. She was like a mother to me for years and helped raise my two girls, her grand-daughters, Brandy and Trista. She was a wonderful lady with a great heart! I feel honored to have know her.