Ione Cheney

May 6, 1947 - May 10, 2021
Ione Cheney

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“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Winnie the Pooh

Ione Elaine Cheney was gently carried away by angels to the waiting arms of our Lord on May 10, 2021. Born Ione Elaine Lawton in Watertown, NY, Ione was the baby daughter and baby sister to parents Marcus and Alice Evelyn Lawton, and 4 older siblings. Her early years were spent in Mannsville, NY where she attended Mannsville Manor Central School and met and married the love of her life, Jack Cheney I. They married in 1963 and they shared a beautiful 56-year marriage. They raised 2 sons together, and along the way happily welcomed a daughter in law, 3 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.

Jack and Ione began their married life in New York State and lived in Syracuse, Corning and Elmira before relocating to their retirement dream state of Florida in 2008; currently residing in Zephyrhills.

Ione is survived by her faithful husband Jack; son Lee and daughter in law Dawn; son Jack II; grandchildren Phillip, Katherine and Eric; great granddaughters Violet and Camryn; her immediate family: siblings Robert Lawton and wife Charlotte, Dorothy Brown, and Richard Lawton; and lifelong best friend Shirley Easling.

Ione was a cherished and special aunt of numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She loved spending time with them and looked forward to their frequent visits, phone calls and photographs. Additionally, Ione leaves behind so very many treasured friends in New York and Florida.

Ione was predeceased by her parents Marcus and Alice Evelyn Lawton; and sister Virginia Eckert.

Ione loved spending her early years as an avid and skillful bowler, loved camping with her family and friends, and actively participated in the women’s auxiliary of the local fire department. She had a lifelong love of bingo, casino trips and (her most favorite) hot fudge sundaes!

Though sadness abounds, her warm and pleasant smile, and generous heart, along with her willingness to be a friend to all, are hallmarks of her character that will be fondly remembered by all her knew her. Her personality was contagious to everyone she met and she will be greatly missed.


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  • May 18, 2021
    Eileen Ditch says:

  • May 18, 2021
    Eileen Ditch says:
    I am so very sorry to learn of Ione's passing. She certainly was a special happy we were able to communicate thru Facebook. God bless you and your family, Jack.

  • May 18, 2021
    Lorrie Cheney-Archibee lit a candle:
    Lit since May 18, 2021 at 5:29:17 AM

  • May 18, 2021
    Tammy & Jay Cheney Stuckey says:
    Thoughts, Prayers & Love To, Uncle Jack, Lee, Dawn, Jackie & Family during this difficult time. Aunt Ione was one of a kind always loved talking with her on the phone to catch up we always got in tons of laughs & always ended with I Love You. She will be truly missed, Love to you ALL!

  • May 18, 2021
    FRED PHINNEY says:
    I remember back when Jack and I lived together and both worked at Dad's. He was dating Ione and I was dating her cousin Delores. Every Friday night we would go to the dance at the Meadowbrook in Ellisburg. Shortly after I left for the Navy on Feb 1 they got married. We always kept in contact over the years and I was able to visit them frequently after they moved to Florida. After Jackie's accident there was never any thought or discussion about putting him in a special needs facility. Both Jack and Ione made the decision they would take care of Jackie no matter what. She was a great lady and I will miss her dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with Jack, Jackie, Lee, Dawn and all the family.

  • May 18, 2021
    karen shelmidine says:
    It is so hard to believe .. my aunt took care of my sisters and I when we were young ,life led us into different paths.. Aunt Ione always kept in touch, I'm so happy I got the chance to see her and Uncle Jack a few years back. My heart is filled with sadness. I pray for the ease of your grief, she truly was an angle and has gained her wings. All my love Karen Hope

  • May 19, 2021
    Juanita Stuckey says:
    My thoughts and prayers to you Jack , Jackie and family. So sad to hear of your loss. Ione was a dear friend. When growing up in Mannsville we spent time staying overnight at each other’s home, I can visualize her room and her mom telling us to be quiet . When she and Jack married I went to Elmira and Corning for visits and Watkins Glen staying with them for race week . Ione was a beautiful person with a big heart . Again thoughts and prayers to you Jack and Jackie.

  • May 19, 2021
    Stephanie Hall says:
    Auntie was one of the best! She loved with her whole heart and you couldn’t help but smile around her. I loved Florida visits to grandma & grandpa’s house. She always made sure to come visit! She will be missed! I’m so sorry for her loss! Sending lots of love to Uncle Jack, Jackie, Lee and family

  • May 19, 2021
    Marcia&Steve Brown lit a candle:
    Lit since May 19, 2021 at 5:40:00 PM