Terry Chesney

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Terry Tester Chesney passed away January 25, 2014, in the comfort of her home in Eastham, MA. Terry lived a life of intellectual curiosity and devotion to her family and community. She was born on November 30, 1923 in Madison, Wisconsin. She spent many of her formative years in Iowa City, Iowa, studying at the University Elementary School which is associated with the University of Iowa where her father, Dr. Allen C. Tester, was a Professor of Geology. In 1944, she graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. and Certificate in Journalism. She was elected to Journalism Honoraries and Phi Beta Kappa. While in college, Terry was active with the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and worked at The Daily Iowan as news editor, sports editor and proofreader. She also served as local correspondent for The International News Service, and went on to work at The Mason City Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa. Her early work as a journalist gave her great satisfaction and she enjoyed the excitement of deadlines and the bustle of the news office. In 1946, at the age of 23, she left the Midwest and took a job in Princeton New Jersey with Benson and Benson, a division of a public opinion research institute. A few months into her job as interviewer and assistant account executive, she was assigned to supervise a college student on a co-op job from Antioch College by the name of Robert Chesney, of Pittsfield, MA. Within one year, on January 25, 1947, Terry and Robert were married in a simple ceremony at her parents home in Iowa City, Iowa. Robert and Terry were married 67 years to the day. Terry was always involved in the communities where she lived and in the schools her three children attended, often serving in leadership roles and applying her skills in journalism to enhance these organizations. In Eastham, Terry was engaged with many organizations, most notably the League of Women Voters, Lower Cape Outreach Council and several Town committees. When she could no longer be an active participant in volunteer work, she took great pleasure in being a member of The Best Ever Book Club, and attending the Met Opera series held at W.H.A.T. Terry also loved to laugh with her family. She was probably happiest enjoying a good meal (which she undoubtedly prepared) with her family and friends. And she would enthusiastically argue about current political and sports news. She was a loyal fan of her local professional baseball and football teams wherever she lived. She inspired the values of intellectual curiosity, literacy, civic service and a love of good food and sports in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Robert Waldron Chesney, Eastham; her children, John Allen Chesney (Pegi), Half Moon Bay, CA; Virginia Chesney Ades (Andrew), Evergreen, CO; and Stephen Chesney (Brooke), Norwich, CT. Her grandchildren, Karen Molinari Evert (Michael), San Carlos, CA; Joshua Chesney Ades, Los Angeles, CA; and Hilary Pensick Ades, Denver, CO. Her great-grandchildren, Chesney Evert; and Ryan Evert; and her sisters-in-law, Pauline Chesney, Williamstown, MA, and Thelma Chesney, Brooklyn, NY, and their children. She is predeceased by her mother, Corrine Lesh Tester, and her father, Allen Crawford Tester. The family is forever grateful to The Dream Team of caregivers who cared for Terry in her final days with expertise, grace and love. Notice of a Memorial Service will follow. In lieu of flowers, please volunteer your time or send donations to: Helen S Aron Educational Trust Fund, c/o League of Women Voters of Cape Cod Area, P.O. Box 2347, Orleans, MA 02653; or, Lower Cape Outreach Council, P.O. Box 665, Orleans, MA 02653.

Published in The Cape Codder from Feb. 1 to Feb. 8, 2014
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