February 7, 1925 – June 28, 2013 In Loving Memory.
Hilary ‘Hilly’ Glenn Cheney, died peacefully at her home on June 28, 2013 in Fairhope, Alabama.
Born on February 7, 1925, in Moulton, Alabama, she was the daughter of Addie Velena ‘Lena’ Johnson Glenn and Walter Irwin Glenn Sr.
Hilly was married to H. Donald Cheney, Sr. on December 24, 1945 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She was married to her beloved Don for 64 years before he died on October 29, 2009 in Freeport, Maine. Services will be conducted at Arlington Cemetery where she will be buried next to her husband.
She was also predeceased by her grandson, Andrew Donald Cheney, November 23, 1974.
Survivors include her much-loved brother Walter Irwin Glenn, Jr. of Moulton, Alabama: her children: H. Donald Cheney, Jr. and his wife Ingrid Cheney, of Fairhope, Alabama, and Cynthia Cheney Christie of Massachusetts: her grandchildren, Sarah Cheney and her husband Craig Makens, of Houghton, Michigan; Emily Cheney Wellerritter, and her husband, Timothy Wellerritter of Cumberland, Maine; and Alexandra Velena Christie of New York City: her great-grandchildren, Elise Cheney-Makens and Sigrid and Monty Wellerritter: special cousins; Peggy Craig of Moulton, Alabama and Warren Glenn of Decatur, Alabama.
Hilly had a special love of American history and a desire to learn about early American handicrafts. Her interest in early pottery, glassware, furniture and architecture was reflected in her many homes. Hilly’s favorite places to visit were historic Williamsburg, the Shelburne Museum, Sturbridge Village and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. She was especially thrilled when she and her family lived for several months in the historic Martha Washington home in Greenfield Village. When traveling south to Moulton, Alabama she always looked forward to visiting Berea College in Berea, Kentucky
In the 1950’s, she became fascinated by early American tole ware painting and enrolled in a painting class near her home in New Haven, Conn. Over a period of several years she mastered the technique of tole ware painting and decorated early American metal boxes, trays and other tin ware.
Hilly loved to cook and shared her love of cooking with her family. She made the best ice tea.
Hilly will always be remembered for her beautiful flower gardens which can be found at former homes in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Alabama. She loved gardening and always could be found on her hands and knees in the dirt even at the age of 88 in her last garden in Fairhope, Alabama.
Notes of condolence for the family may be made at hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory of Daphne, Alabama.