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Faith Gloria (McWilliams) Cheney
January 3, 1936 ~ September 15, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Faith Gloria (McWilliams) Cheney, age 87, of Upper Sandusky, Ohio passed into her eternal rest at 12:11 AM on Friday, September 15, 2023, at Westbrook Assisted Living & Memory Care.
She was born on January 3, 1936, in Shelby, Ohio, to William A. and Florence M. (Drushel) McWilliams, who preceded her in death. She was married to James C. Cheney, whom she divorced in 1971.
She will be greatly missed by her surviving 4 children, Cindy (James) Weatherholtz; Lyle (Sandra) Cheney, Sandra (Fred) Washington, and Austin (Leigh) Cheney. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, Jennifer, Angela, Amanda, James, Lucas, David, Jaclyn, Matthew, Nicholas, Denver, Joshua, Sophia, Nathan, Sharis, Wendy, April, Lindsay, and Kaitlyn. Along with 24 great grandchildren: Alexis Rayana, Jaxon, Jacob, Jasper, Genevieve, Gianna, Kadey, Rebecca, Alexis Jade, Lielle, Zelek, Calder, Colin, Audrey, Tori, Addison, Layla, Grayson, Riley, Trenton, Camden, Konner, Johanna and Jordan and 1 great great grandson Lincoln.
Also surviving are three sisters. Rosemary Johnson, Joan Weiss, and Sylvia Evans.
Faith will be in heaven with her son Craig Cheney and granddaughter Melinda who preceded her in death.
Ms. Cheney graduated from Upper Sandusky High School, as salutatorian, in May of 1953. She was a bookkeeper at Koehler Paint and Office Supply store. Prior to this she had worked for the Farm Credit System for 20 years. A member of the John Stewart United Methodist Church, she had sung in the senior choir for many years and was a past member and chairperson of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee.
Over the years Ms. Cheney had been a Brownie Scout Leader, Blue Bird Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Sunday School Teacher, Jr. Church Leader, Bible School Teacher and Director, Harper Creek/Wattles Park Preschool Director, 14 year 4-H Advisor, 4-H Key Leader, member and Pres. of the Wy. Co. 4-H Advisory Council, her family received the 50 yr. 4-H Family award, PTA Vice-President, Co-Chairman of Union School Fall Festival, member and Corresponding Secretary of the Upper Schools Music Parents, member of the Upper Sandusky School Board for 10 yrs. 8 mo. serving as President in 1987 and 1995. She did volunteer work for the Heart Fund and Cancer Fund. She had been a member of the American Security Council, National Advisory Board, and Congressional Advisory Board.
Faith was extremely proud of her Scottish heritage and was an official member of the Henderson clan. She loved to read. Her extensive elephant collection contained items from all over the world. An animal lover her whole life, prior to her decline you could see her walking all over town with her dog Gypsy. The family tended to pick at her about being a “hoarder”, but you could always count on her having anything you might possibly need, usually in her purse!
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wyandot County 4-H Endowment Fund, Upper Sandusky Community Library, or Salvation Army for camperships to Camp Swoneky, and can be sent to Lucas-Batton, 476 S. Sandusky Ave. Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.