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Avis Rahe Cheney of Savannah, Georgia went home to be with her Lord on September 29, 2020, surrounded by her family and under the loving care of Georgia Hospice Care and Buckingham South.

She was born on February 14, 1931 in Hatch Bend, Florida where she was raised on her family farm. After graduating from Lafayette High School, she married her husband, Howard Euell Cheney, on August 15, 1948 and, thereafter, moved to Branford, Florida where they would raise their family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was well known for preparing amazing meals which she generously shared with family and friends and often served others with her sewing and decorating skills. Additionally, she had a long career in civil service beginning with the Farm Bureau in Live Oak, Florida, then as a Postmaster in O’Brien, Florida and finally as Postmaster in Branford, Florida where she retired in 1992. In 2002, after she and Howard retired, they moved to Savannah, Georgia. She enjoyed serving many years as a Ruling Elder, Clerk of Session, lifetime member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Branford Presbyterian Church and member of the First Presbyterian Church of Savannah. Her deeply rooted relationship with the Lord led her to publicly share her faith for more than 40 years as a devoted Sunday School Teacher. Avis loved spending time with her family, making beautiful handmade keepsakes for her children and grandchildren, and was always an avid Florida Gator fan.

Avis will be deeply missed by her children, Andy Cheney (Susan) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and Cynthia Cheney DeLoach (Eddie) of Savannah, Georgia; Grandchildren, Tara DeLoach Rocker (Walt) of Eatonton, Georgia, Elizabeth Ann Mitchell (Chris) of Atlanta, Georgia, Adam Wayne DeLoach (DeAnna) of Savannah, Georgia, Margaret (Meg) Cheney Coleman (Rutledge) of Asheville, North Carolina; nine Great-Grandchildren; and her sister, Jeanette Hatch Cason (Lou) of Savannah, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Howard; parents, Lonnie and Mae (Lindsey) Hatch; and sisters, Gertrude Lackey, Lyndal Hatch, and Dorothy Hawkins.

The family will hold a private service on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Savannah, 520 Washington Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31405.

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  1. Vicki Humphries Eitel says:

    So sorry for your loss. I know you will miss her terribly.
    May the Lord comfort you and carry you and give you peace.

  2. Eileen Matyjasik says:

    Avis Cheney made generous contributions of her time and talent to the Steeple Run Neighborhood Association. She served on the board for many years and, as a lover of all things beautiful, shared her artistic eye overseeing our landscaping and holiday decorations.

  3. Henry and Pat Quattlebaum says:

    Cynthia, Eddie, & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss , our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time may God Bless you and comfort you

  4. Linda Ray Smith says:

    Cynthia and Eddie so Sorry for the Lost of your Mother
    Also to Andy ,Susan & Families it was a privilege and honor to have know and work with your Mother and also your Dad in the Past no more Suffering She is one Happy Lady with Jesus and Mr Howard and all Love ones God Bless you all give you The Strength and Peace always here if you anything Love all God Blessings to all❤️

  5. John Humphries says:

    Marilyn and I are so sorry to learn about Avis Rahe’s passing. We pray that time will heal your sorrow.

  6. Mai Evans says:

    I met Mrs. Cheney on May 31, 2020 as a sitter and shortly thereafter went from 1 to 2 to 3 regular shifts with her. She was my weekend reprieve and Tuesday ray of sunlight. There was nothing that I wasn’t willing to do for her. She had amazing grace, style, sense of humor and impeccable taste in decorum.
    I looked forward most to lunch when she would pray for her family, me and my family, express gratitude for the beauty and wonders of this world, gingerly ask for a cure to this pandemic and bless our meal.
    I fondly called her the Lady Cheney.
    I will miss her and pray that you have support and comfort during your time of grief.

  7. Jane Johnson Stewart says:

    Our family sends our deepest sympathy to the Cheney family. We have wonderful memories of your family (starting in 1958!) and your Mom was such a major part of those memories. Cynthia, please be sure Andy also knows we sent our love.

  8. Laura Cason says:

    We are so sorry for your loss of your mother. Avis Rahe was such a kind woman who welcomed me into your family with open arms. From her delicious cooking to her beautiful decorations, she always made every visit special. I will always remember her final Thanksgiving prayer where her faith in the Lord was so strong. May peace be with you.

  9. Betty Lee Folsom says:

    Andy, Cynthia and family.
    I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s death. I remember her with fond memories.

  10. Patti Branche says:

    So sorry to hear about Ms Avis. She was such a great person. I owe my career to her! She was my Postmaster and was responsible for getting me started in the postal service. I loved her for all she was and all she did for me.

  11. Annette Land says:

    Deepest sympathy
    Loved Avis Rae
    prayers for your family

  12. Buddy and Sandra Haas says:

    Praying for all of you and knowing Avis Rahe and Howard are having such a wonderful reunion with Jesus and all of their friends and family in Heaven. Avis Rahe was such a wonderful neighbor and friend. We became really close when I opened my office next door to their house in Branford and she often acted as a witness when needed one for wills and other documents. . I know how much you will miss her and will be keeping you in our prayers.

  13. Deloris Sneed says:

    A prayer for Peace…A Wishlist for Consolation
    Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28
    In my Deepest Sympathy

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