​                   Big Bear Lake Mourns Passing of                  CHERI HAGGERTY LAWRENCE   


Released and written by Jeff Mathieu, City Manager of the City of Big Bear Lake ___  Tuesday evening, November 25th City of Big Bear Lake City Clerk Cheri Haggerty Lawrence, age 35, tragically passed away after suffering complications related to pregnancy, as she was working in her office. Neither Ms. Haggerty nor her newborn son Declan, survived valiant emergency medical measures to revive their lives at Bear Valley Community Hospital.

Ms. Haggerty Lawrence, the wife of David Lawrence, Public Works Director for the City of Big Bear Lake, was one of the most beloved and respected members of Big Bear Valley.  She possessed an undergraduate degree from California State University at Fullerton and Masters Degree from Chapman University.

Ms. Haggerty Lawrence was perhaps the most highly visible face of the City workforce, and known for her sterling involvement in every aspect of community life.  She served as the appointed City Clerk and handling many collateral responsibilities including Public Information Officer, Inter-Government Relations Manager ,Webmaster and part of the City’s 24/7 Emergency Team. Cheri’s exemplary community involvement included having a hand in virtually every Special Event occurring in Big Bear Lake including the Tour of California, Special Olympics, Christmas in the Village, and the full spectrum of athletic competitions provided by Open Air Big Bear, as well as the coordinating and providing the opportunity for Veterans of the Vietnam Wall in Big Bear Lake. See Cheri’s letter about the Traveling Wall http://www.bigbearlake.net/etnews/traveling-vietnam-wall-

In Cher’s personal life, she actively participated in dozens of charitable fundraisers, school district educational programs, and help lead youth ski team events.

Jeff Mathieu, City Manager for the City of Big Bear Lake, stated “This is a shock for all of us in Big Bear. We’re a tightly knit community, and know that we have lost a cherished love one that was so young, vibrant and caring. It is impossible to comprehend that Cheri and baby Declan could be taken from us. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cheri’s daughter Kaelee, son Aiden, husband David, parents Bob and Peggy Frost and their family members at this sad time”.

 Memorial services have not been finalize but will be announced on this news media as soon as they are confirmed.