March 7, 1942 ~ December 13, 2012
Chere Jean Glaze was born March 7, 1942 in Hawthorne, California. Harriet (Jordan) Glaze, and Kenneth Clifford Glaze were her parents. Chere was educated in public schools in Inglewood, California. She graduated from Inglewood High School in 1960. She was awarded 'Girl of the Year'. She was active in music programs in school and church. She attended Graceland College for two years earning an Associates Arts degree in Liberal Arts. In her second year at Graceland she married John Negaard on December 24, 1961. She enrolled in the University of California at Los Angeles in 1962. Her first son, Eric, was born in November of 1963. Her second son, Kirk, was born in June of 1965. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972 and her Master degree in Library Science in 1975. After graduating from UCLA Chere accepted a job at Northrop University as Director of the library. She worked there for 7 years before accepting a job at UCLA as research librarian and manager of public documents. Her son, Kirk was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1987 at age 22, a tragic loss to her family. In 1993 Eric moved to Denmark and married Anne-Mette. They have two sons, Adam and Lukas, that brought great joy to her. She made many trips to Denmark to visit her family there. Chere retired from UCLA in 1999 and moved with John to Fallbrook, California where she enjoyed her retirement years doing research on her family heritage and travelling in both the United States and Europe. Her greatest gift was her enthusiasm for life, laughter and love she shared with family and friends. She left this world a better place making an indelible imprint on the hearts and minds of her large family and expanding circle of friends. She was a scholar, an intellectual, and an optimistic leader in the art of being a human of the highest order. Everyone felt they were better persons for knowing her. Many responses of people, even those who only met her briefly, has been they will never forget her. That is the power of unselfish love focused through bright shining eyes, a wonderful smile and an attentive ear. Her final day here on earth was December 13, 2012. She will be remembered forever and our lives enriched by each memory. She is survived by her husband John, her son Eric, her daughter-in-law Anne-Mette, two grandsons, Adam and Lukas. Also she's survived by her brother's children, Stuart and Wendy Glaze and Wendy's son Joshua. Chere was considered a sister by all of John's siblings, favored aunt by nieces and nephews and another mother by all of Eric and Kirk's friends because of the way she loved. A celebration of Chere's life will be held at England Family Chapel on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 2:00pm.