PEORIA - Virginia F. "Ginny" Cheney, 93, of Peoria passed away at 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013, in the Chapel at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, with Pastor Douglas Lightly officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Virginia was born on Nov. 15, 1919, in Tovey, the daughter of Leo and Clarice (LeRoux) Mohimont.
Blessed with movie star good looks, her life could read like a Dickens' novel. She was born in the tiny coal mining town of Tovey, where she was raised by Belgium immigrant grandparents.
She graduated from Pana High School in 1938 and married her high school sweetheart, George Maxwell McClung, in Pana. He passed away on Dec. 24, 1944, at the Battle of the Bulge, leaving behind two young sons.
Virginia and George had lost one infant son, prior to his World War II tour of duty.
Virginia later married the "love of her life," Wilbur "Red" Cheney in 1947 and moved to Maroa to raise two sons and twin daughters. They owned and operated the town's only grocery store, Cheney's Market.
As a family, we will remember mom as our very own June Cleaver of "Leave It To Beaver," as she would start each and every morning with pressed dress, apron and lipstick, as she served dad fried eggs, bacon and buttered toast. Her true claim to fame was her pot roast, which she gladly shared with anyone who wanted to come to dinner, including most of the members of the 1957 Sweet Sixteen basketball team of Maroa High School.
After moving to Peoria, Virginia was employed at Bergner's and Adams Ethan Allen Furniture Store. She volunteered at South Side Mission, American Red Cross, Proctor Hospital, RSVP, The Salvation Army and Grace Presbyterian Church. She was also a faithful election judge.
Her later years were spent at Bickford House and most recently, the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka. Words can't begin to describe the superior care and compassion given "Ginny" for the past two and a half years. Hopefully, she will be remembered in the long term for her comedic comments and kisses, and in the short term for her "French temper."
The true heroes in this world are those who work at the nursing home and loved her without exception.
Virginia is survived by twin daughters, Cathi Hawkinson of Peoria and Colleen (Gary) Jones of Dunlap; sons, Gary (Haven) McClung of Arlington Heights and Lonny (Audrey) McClung of Phoenix, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. They all truly loved and adored her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; son, George Mark McClung; and stepson, Warren Cheney.
Memorial contributions may be made in Virginia's memory to the South Side Mission in Peoria.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home, 3004 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria.
Virginia's memorial website and online condolences may be accessed at www.ClaryFunerals.com.
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