Charlaine Kay Ramsay - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

November 5, 1948 - February 13, 2023

Charlaine “Cherrie” Kay Ramsay, age 74, of Minneapolis, passed away February 13, 2023.

Survived by daughter, Jordana; son-in-law, Joel; sisters, Patsy Pearson and Marjorie Liebelt; and countless loving family and friends.

Preceded in death by parents, Harold and Jean Carlblom; and sister, Joann Balken.

Charlaine Kay Ramsay-

Words are never quite adequate enough to describe the depth of a person, yet we still try.

Mom was such a vibrant person; she left an impression on everyone she met. Her life was fascinating to most; having been born and raised in a foreign country, her global travels, her zest for life, her dancing career, her self-made journey of education and success in a male-dominated field of IT. All while single-handedly raising a strong-headed, but loving daughter.

Entertaining was one of her favorite things to do. Her delicious food, avante-garde décor and meticulous eye for detail made everyone’s experience a wholly wonderful one. And one would think at least 10 more people were coming with the amount of food she would prepare. You weren’t allowed to leave until you rolled or floated out of there!

I love that my mom knew my friends, and that my friends adored her. She was present at parties, outings, and vacations with my friends and me. I never knew anything but having my mom ingratiated into just about every aspect of my life. She was my biggest supporter and advocate, always putting me first. No sacrifice was too much for her if it was for me. I am so lucky to have had her for my mother. I was never wont for anything, and I cannot begin to repay her in this lifetime or the next.

She was an amazing soul; loving, accomplished, silly, driven, generous, fun, intelligent, forgiving, understanding, creative, and accepting. I strive to embody those traits and characteristics.

I would love to hear your memories of mom, whether here or in a personal message to me. The messages and stories I’ve received thus far have been of great comfort to me.

In lieu of flowers please make a tribute gift in honor of Charlaine to Como Friends, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul MN 55103.


  1. Kirsten Rewey says:

    Jordana, I’m so sorry to learn your Mom passed. You are in my thoughts. Kirsten

  2. Krishna Machavolu says:

    May GOD bless Cherrie soul to rest in peace!!!

  3. Pam Pettee says:

    Jordana, I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. I know you must be absolutely devastated as I know how close the two of you were. I have such fond memories of your mother….her love of you, her love of salsa dancing, her love of travel, the Renaissance Festival, her beautiful home, our days at Best Buy, hitting Chicago to listen to some Blues, fine dining and a good wine. I will sincerely miss my friend.

    • Kate, Mark, Jack & George Achhamer-DuPont says:

      Jordana, I’m so very very sorry about Cherrie. We lived across the street from her for many many years. She was a great neighbor and a good friend. My son George (me) watched her kitties on many occasions and her “care instructions” were 4 pages long!! Her love for you was apparent, and she talked about you incessantly. The world lost a good woman. I’m sure your grief is immeasurable. My family is holding you close in our hearts.
      Vaya con Dios, dear Cherrie.

  4. Shelley Nelson says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I had no idea that her life was in danger. My deepest condolences to you. I am out of the country until April 8. I am with you in thought and feeling. Take care. What can I do to help?

  5. Deb Zachar says:

    So sorry for your loss! Charlaine was such a dear person – she and I would either bump into or walk Richfield Lake together! I am shocked!!

  6. Matt Henning says:

    My memories of Cherrie will always be those of having fun in the Holidome pool and game room, Showbiz Pizza trips in LaCrosse, and vacations in the summer to Woodside Ranch in Mauston, WI. Learning about different foods, Indonesia, and dancing were just some of the many things I’ll remember her for. The trips to the mall in LaCrosse to hit the music store (and so Jordana could get new Tiger Beat magazines for DuranDuran pictures) are also fond memories. My love and sympathy to Jordana & Joel, and Pearson/Liebelt/Balken families as well. God Bless

  7. Karim Azzami says:

    The world has lost a very special and kind person. I am certain her soul continues to thrieve in heaven as she brought plenty of joy to many.
    My sincere condelense Jordana. Her awesome smile and warm heart will be missed

  8. Latifa says:

    My dad, my mom, my brother, my sister, myself and all the family in Morocco, are deeply saddened by the passing of your mom, Cherrie was more than a sister or daughter in law, she was a loved and respected family member, Cherrie was beautiful inside and out, Cherrie was a amazing women, we admired her noble way of living, her principals … Cherrie has touched so many lives in the very best way.
    We are praying Allah to rest her beautiful soul in Heaven and to grant you peace and comfort as I recall how much you two were inseparable.
    Jordana, please extend or most sincere condolences to Joel and all the family and please remember than you have a family in Morocco praying for you during this difficult time and our door will always be open to you and all the family.
    RIP Cherrie.


  9. Khadija Azzami says:

    Jordana,I’m so very sorry about Cherrie.
    This is Khadija Azzami Karim sister
    In My Name and Azzami Family,We extend our sincere condolences.

  10. Yasmin Saavedra says:

    Jordana, with hearth fell Sympathy I wish you peace, comfort and love in this time of sorrow.
    Dear Charlaine, I will miss your positivism and vibrant personality deeply; Rest in peace true friend, you will be always in my prayers.

  11. Sue Lahbil says:

    Jordana, no words I say can take away your pain. Your mother was a very unique person with strong convictions always willing to help where needed.
    I hope you find comfort in your memories of her.

  12. Michelle Hanson says:

    Your mom was so beautiful and fun to talk to. She shared memories with me of a voyage to the states on the RMS Queen Elizabeth. We talked about so many things happy and sad, and I’m so glad to have spent time with her. She was a true friend, and you were her pride and joy. ❤️

  13. Calley Bliss McDowall says:

    Jordana – I’m sorry I could t make it to your mothers’ celebration of life. I know how important and beloved she was to you. May you grieve as you need and commune with your own spirit and those she left behind. Sending

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