Ruby A. Cheney, 94, of 366 Kiantone Road, Jamestown, N.Y., passed away at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in her home on the family farm.
A lifelong area resident she was born Sept. 25, 1919, in Jamestown, N.Y., a daughter of the late Oscar and Mary Swanson Anderson.
She was a 1937 graduate of Jamestown High School.
Ruby was a lifelong member of the First Covenant Church where she served on the Deacon Board, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and served on many boards and committees over the years. She was also a member of the Kiantone Congregational Church Ladies Aide, a member of several women's circles of First Covenant Church, the C.G. Club, the neighborhood birthday club and the Mozart Club.
Ruby and Henry were blessed to have been able to travel together throughout the world including places like Alaska, Okinawa (Japan), Hong Kong, Hawaii, Great Britain, Sweden and Germany. They also cruised the Mediterranean through the Panama Canal and rode the Queen Elizabeth 2 to Britain. They also enjoyed several crosscountry train rides through Canada and the United States.
Surviving are her husband, Henry M. Cheney, whom she married June 28, 1941; five children: Kathleen (John) Pearson of Aiken, S.C., Cynthia (Vic) Erickson of Wheaton, Ill., Barbara (Carl) Engstrom of Marshfield, Mass., and Morris (Judy) Cheney and Steven (Karen Rowe) Cheney, both of Kiantone; 10 grandchildren: Christopher Pearson of Muncie, Ind., Amy (Jay) Nichols of Woodridge, Ill., Sarah (J.C.) Andre of Los Angeles, Calif., Amanda (Joshua) Lemay and Abigail Engstrom, both of Boston, Mass., Seth (Elizabeth) Cheney of New Freedom, Pa., Cynthia (Will) Ueland and Rebecca (Eric) Davis, both of Rochester, N.Y., Rachel (Cody) Peace of Jamestown, N.Y., and Adam Cheney of Pittsburgh, Pa.; nine greatgrandchildren; and a sister, Martha Anderson of Frewsburg, N.Y.
Ruby was the most loving and generous wife, mother and grandmother. She devoted her entire life to her family, and her unwavering faith will live on in the hearts of those she has touched.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers: Evald and Harold Anderson; and six sisters: Betty Lindbloom, Elsa Gruelle, Mildred Dunn, Genevieve Anderson, Mabel Larson and Lois Beebe.
A memorial service in celebration of Ruby's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in First Covenant Church. The Rev. Adam Rohler, pastor, will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Kiantone Cemetery.
The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall of the church.
Memorials may be made to the First Covenant Church, 520 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701, Camp Mission Meadows, 5201 Route 430, Dewittville, NY 14728, Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the Kiantone Congregational Church, 646 Kiantone Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Ruby at www.lindfuneralhome.com.