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Nellie C. Cheyne

Nellie C. Cheyne

Nellie C. Cheyne, 92, formerly of Brainardsville, NY, died Friday, October 30, 2020 at St. Vincent's Home, Quincy, IL. She was born on April 21, 1928 in Burke, NY, and was the daughter of Gordon Crawford, Sr. and Rhoda Gray Crawford.

She was married to Robert J. Cheyne on June 10, 1945 in Chateaugay, NY. He predeceased her on December 12, 2012.

Nellie was the grandest mother a family could have and ever imagine. Her work ethic was second to none and her goals were simple, but solid as a rock for decades. She wanted her children to experience the opportunity to succeed in life and she made sure those options were available to them. Her greatest joys in life were seeing her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren succeed in their lives.

Nellie was intimately involved in the day-to-day operation of a 300-acre, 80 head dairy farm. At the same time, she owned and operated the Cheyne Adult Home in the family home for 26 years, providing personal care for over 100 local area senior citizens. While living in Tennessee, she was employed at the Highland Nursing Home for 10 years and later worked at the Malone nursing home for 5 years. She was a member of the Brainardsville United Methodist Church, women of the church and a former member of Eastern Star.

She is survived by:
a daughter, Kitty Bessette and her husband, William of New Rochelle, NY
two sons, Wilroy Cheyne and his wife, Nancy of Gallatin, TN and Lt Col Barry Cheyne and his wife, Jeanne of Quincy, IL
a son-in-law, Bruce Barnes, of Plano, TX
9 grandchildren
7 great-grandchildren
a brother, Gordon Crawford Jr. and his wife, Betty of Willsboro, NY.
many nieces and nephews

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents; a daughter, Bonnie Barnes; three sisters, Bea Wheeler, Beulah LaPage and Barbara Blair.

The family would like to thank the care-workers and staff at St. Vincent's home and Blessing Hospital for their kind and caring compassion. Thank you for always having Mom's best interests.

Due to the current health crisis, services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are with the Chateaugay Funeral Home, Chateaugay, NY. Online condolences may be offered at www.chateaugayfuneralhome.com.

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From:
Janet Scoggan
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Nellie sounds like she was a wonderful, caring woman. I currently work with her grandson, Adam. My thoughts and prayers are with him and the rest of Nellie’s family.
From:
Stacey Mulch
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Nellie was a wonderful mother to my brother-in-law Barry Cheyne. She was always well dressed and very sweet to me and my son. She also had a beautiful head of hair. I always loved how she appreciated my sister, Jeanne’s, cooking. RIP Nellie Mae.
From:
Adam Jacob Bernard Cheyne
Quincy, IL
Comments:
My Grandmother was a respectable woman, she lived her life through her family. During her later years after grandfather passed she had lost part of herself. Personally, understanding losing someone you love, I just wanted to be bright for her. Knowing that part of her life was always going to be part of mine. She was a very very strong woman. Love you GMA, rip.
From:
Alan & Carol Mitten
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Barry - just read of your mother's passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family especially at Thanksgiving & Christmas. May these holidays be filled with fond & loving memories of your Mother.