Cherie Brawley; Civic Activist in Venice
Cherie Thelma Tabor Brawley, 80, civic activist who promoted historical landmarks and traditions in Venice. Born in Venice, she graduated from Venice High School, married four times and lived in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Detroit before returning to Venice, where she co-founded the Venice Historical Society. She maintained the historic home of her father, Irving Burns Tabor, which had been given to him by his employer, Venice founder Abbot Kinney, and had been moved to what became Oakwood. Mrs. Brawley was often lauded as a “living legend” as well as a pioneer of the beach community. She studied at Santa Monica College and Howard and Wayne State universities, and later operated a floral shop, acted in small theater and taught school. On Sunday in Venice.