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Mary Kay (Rutt) Cheek

Born: Sun., Apr. 30, 1939
Died: Sat., Jul. 20, 2019


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 24, 2019
Location: South Plains Presbyterian Church

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Wed., Jul. 24, 2019
Location: South Plains Presbyterian Church

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Mary Kay Cheek

     Mary Kay (Rutt) Cheek, 80, of Palmyra, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Hospice House in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mary Kay was a beloved mother, grandmother, teacher, artist, and friend.  

     She was born on April 30, 1939, in Sterling, Illinois, the daughter of the late Raymond Orville and Gladys Marie (Kosier) Rutt.     

     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first child, Paul, who died at birth.

     Mary Kay grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from DePauw University in Indiana. She married her high-school sweetheart, Paul Cheek, in 1960. Mary Kay and Paul raised their four children in Falls Church City, VA, where she was active in the community and enriched many lives through her involvement as a scout leader, art teacher, and preschool, elementary, and Sunday school teacher.

     Survivors include her husband of 59 years: Paul Armstrong Cheek of Palmyra; her children: Katherine Adele Williams (Matthew), Sarah Marie Barth (Kristopher), Joseph Merritt Cheek (Suzanne), Mary Elizabeth Pincombe (Matthew); and 11 grandchildren: Adam Barth, Olivia Pincombe, Joseph Barth, Abigail Cheek, Grace Cheek, Erin Barth, Paul Pincombe, Jacob Williams, Dalia Williams, Owen Cheek, and Lily Cheek.

      A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at South Plains Presbyterian Church in Keswick, VA.  Interment will be private.  The family will receive friends immediately following the services in the church fellowship hall. The viewing will be held one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. 

     A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on August 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Falls Church Presbyterian Church, in Falls Church, VA. All are welcome to attend.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont (www.hopva.org).

      Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com. 

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Kitty Eisele
   Posted Sun July 21, 2019
To all the Cheek family members - including grandkids. I'm so so sorry for your loss. Your mom (and grandmother) was an entirely original person, who made such a wonderful neighborhood for us kids growing up. We have pictures of her in a tri-corn hat, pulling Joe or Mary in a wagon decorated for the Fourth of July parade she organized each year. (I think). She was the artist and the instigator of so much creativity on Seaton Circle. We truly had an amazing childhood and she was central to so much of it. Remembering her bell that called kids into dinner; Mister, the little dog at the door; fondue and mandarin oranges for XMas eve parties; sleepovers, Girl Scout meetings, craft projects and rides to Poplar Heights pool and back in the green station wagon each summer. What a loss and what a great person. I'll look for pictures in the Eisele photobooks and hope to share them when you visit FC for service later this summer. Blessings to all of you.

Pat Podwysocki
   Posted Mon July 22, 2019
Dear Paul and family,
It was a pleasure knowing Mary Kay. She was a fantastic artist and gracious host. You have my deepest sympathy. May she rest in peace.

Pat Podwysocki

Eileen Gordon
   Posted Tue August 13, 2019
I consider myself incredibly blessed to have grown up across the street from The Cheeks, and being in the glow of Mary Kay especially. As a young person, having the "extended family" of Seaton Circle made for an incredibly positive experience from childhood, and Mary Kay was the constant beam of light over it all. I can see her huge smile and hear her laugh even now, 40+ years later. I'm grateful that she shared her gifts of joy, creativity, nurturing and playfulness with us all. Along the way, dozens of memories were made, and bonds that we only now understand fully were formed. I share (from afar) celebrating her spirit and life force with you all. She was a uniquely beautiful person. With love and prayers to you all. Eileen Gordon

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