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Cherry Starr, Wife of Hall of Fame QB Bart Starr, Dies at 89

Cherry Starr was a philanthropist and the wife of former Alabama and Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr.
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Cherry Starr, philanthropist and wife of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, died in her Birmingham home on Tuesday, Feb. 27. She was 89 years old. 

Rawhide Youth Services, a faith-based non-profit organization in Wisconsin that the Starrs worked closely with, posted a tribute video that noted her passing on Tuesday.  The organization provides youth counseling, therapy and residential treatment for teens and young adults.

"Although their personalities were beautifully distinct, they shared, from the beginning, a love for all of mankind and a deep commitment to treat everyone they met with the highest level of dignity and respect," Rawhide wrote in a statement about Cherry and Bart Starr. "Later, she devoted several decades to helping raise money for cancer research, following the death of Vince Lombardi. That work continues today through the Starr Children’s Fund, thanks to the enormous dedication of those in Milwaukee to support research and physicians in numerous cities."

The Starr Children’s Fund said in an online obituary that she passed away peacefully at her home. It did not mention a cause of death.

Cherry and Bart were married for more than 60 years before Bart's death in 2019. He played a legendary career for Alabama and then the Green Bay Packers, winning three NFL Championships before the Super Bowl era, and won Super Bowl MVP for Super Bowl I and II. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977. 

Cherry is survived by Bart Starr, Jr., three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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