Name: Mary Evelyn (McCoy-Brown) McNew Cheek
From: The Times-Leader,
Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Mary E. (McNew) Cheek, 73, of Champaign, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2008, at Illini
Heritage Nursing Home in Champaign.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lux Memorial Chapel in Rantoul. Graveside
services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dix.
Mary was born on Nov. 18, 1934, in Drivers, Ill., to John and Eula (Garrison) McCoy Brown.
She was married to Milburn "Gene" McNew for 18 years, now deceased, and Russell Cheek for
35 years. He survives.
She is survived by seven children, Kathy Trotter and husband Thomas of Champaign, Mary McNew
of Ivesdale, Dennis McNew and wife Toni of Tolono, Mark McNew of Tolono, Pam Brewer and
husband Bill of Mahomet, Gene McNew and wife Theresa of Mahomet, and Eric McNew of
Champaign; three stepchildren, Kim Cruce and husband Ken of Petersburg, Steve Cheek and wife
Sandy of St. Joseph, and Shannon Cheek and spouse Kim of Mahomet; 21 grandchildren and two
She was preceeded in death by a son, William McGinty; a stepson, Ronnie Cheek; and her parents.
Mary was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Bement, where she
sang in the choir. She loved to cook and go camping. She volunteered for the Meals on Wheels
program in Bement and Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.