Ipswich — Alma Anne Cheney, aged 66, died peacefully on Monday, November 5, at Lahey Burlington Hospital, after a brief battle with cancer.
Alma was born Alma Anne Pike in Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, the daughter of the late Carmel Patricia and Arthur Stanley Pike. She immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 11. She lived in Hyde Park, Boston, for nine years and graduated from Girls Latin School in Boston. She received a bachelor of arts in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1967 and a masters in Children’s Literature from the University of New Hampshire in 1977.
She met her husband, Donald Paul Cheney at UMASS, Amherst, and was married to him for 46 years. She had two daughters, Jessica Noelle Cheney and Lisa Beth Cheney Bolcato and two grandchildren, Maximillian Paul and Rose Georgette Bolcato.
For many years she worked as a manager in the Pension Department for The New England Life Corporation and MetLife in Boston.
For several years she and her family lived in Wakefield and then moved to Ipswich in 1990. Alma was very active in the Ipswich Community acting as an officer of the League of Women’s Voters and Vestry Member of the Ascension Memorial Church.
She had a passion for music, loved to sing and had a beautiful voice that she shared with the Chorus North Shore and the choir of the Ascension Memorial Church. Alma loved to read and was also an excellent writer, having just recently gotten involved in Ipswich’s Council for the Aging writing club. Alma was also a talented cook, excellent hostess and creative decorator. Many had the chance to enjoy her cooking and beautifully decorated home at her Christmas Open Houses and parties.
Alma also loved to travel and had the opportunity to live in Bingham, England for a year while her husband was on sabbatical at Nottingham University. She loved Europe and enjoyed several trips to England, France, Italy and Spain with family and friends. She also loved returning to her beloved Newfoundland with her sisters and friends.
Alma is survived by her sisters Sylvia Beaton, Leone Overton, Carolyn Godfrey and brother Arthur Pike as well as by her husband Donald, daughters and grandchildren.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and good friend, with a wry sense of humor, Alma will be greatly missed by her family and the Ipswich and Ascension Memorial Church Community.
ARRANGEMENTS: A wake for Alma will be held on Friday, November 9, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Morris Funeral Home, 45 North Main Street, Ipswich. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 10, at the Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich (www.amcipswich.org), at 10 a.m. A reception will immediately follow the service in the Dorman Gymnasium at the church. For directions or to leave a condolence to Alma’s family please go to: www.MorrisFH.com.