unknown - February 6, 2012
Margaret Jones “Peg” Cheney, 95, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Crouse Community Center where she had resided for seven years. Peg was born in Syracuse in 1916. She graduated from Central High School and from the Syracuse University College of Fine Arts in 1939. She worked as an advertising illustrator for Flah’s & Co. before she married Alfred T. Jones, owner of Midstate Telephone Co. After Alfred’s death in 1953, Peg married Stephen S. "Stub" Cheney, owner of the S. Cheney & Son Foundry and Machine Shop in Manlius. In 1952, Stub donated the swan pond to the village of Manlius, and in 1998, he and Peg received the distinguished Citizens Award from the village of Manlius. Before Stub’s death in 1999, he and Peg enjoyed travel and golf. Peg was a talented artist, and was well known for her hand-painted ornaments sold at the Christ Episcopal Church of Manlius’ Annual Christmas Mart. In 1980, Peg created the village of Manlius’ swan logo, still commonly seen in the village. Peg was also an avid gardener, and her gardens, first in Manlius, and then in Cazenovia, were the envy of many. She was especially interested in herbs and the environment. After Stub’s death, Peg continued to travel, and at age 85, she parasailed in Turks and Caicos with her grandchildren.
Peg is survived by two sons, Drayton (Bonnie) Jones of Fayetteville, and Stephen G. Cheney of Bakersfield, Calif.; three granddaughters, Sara (Michael) Langan of Fayetteville, Wendy (Gino) Epifani of Cicero and Rebecca (Frank) Aguilar of Springfield, Va; and five great-granddaughters. A memorial service will be held in the spring. Donations may be made to the Manlius Historical Museum, Cheney House, 109 Pleasant Street, Box 28, Manlius, New York, 13104.