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Oct. 29, 1926 - Nov. 17, 2003



God saw you were tired and the cure was not to be;
So , He put His arms around you and whispered , "come with me."
With tearful eyes, we watched you suffer and saw you fade away;
Although we couldn't bear to lose you, we could not ask you to stay.
A golden heart stopped beating;
And hard working hands laid to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.




Mary A. Cheek (Porter), 77,
died peacefully Monday, Nov. 17, 2003,
in her home surrounded by her loving family.


Mary was born Oct. 29, 1926,
to Alfred Spurgeon and Lilly Etta Cox
in Boswell, Okla., and moved to
Tulare Calif. when she was 10.


As a young woman she married
Ray Moyle in 1947, and moved to
Santa Maria. Their marriage was dissolved.


Sometime later she met and married
the love of her life,
Harold "Hal" Cheek. They lived in
Los Angeles County for 10 years
and then moved back to
Santa Maria in 1961, where she
remained until her death.


Mary worked in Santa Maria
as a waitress in her younger years,
and then worked for the Santa Maria Times
for 10 years until she retired.


Mary enjoyed camping, sewing,
crafting and dancing.
In her later years, she found much
happiness sharing in the lives of many
friends via her WebTV.


Mary was preceded in death
by her husbands,
Hal Cheek, in 1976,
Leo Porter, in 1988,
her parents,
and two sisters and a brother.


Mary is survived by her two daughters,
Linda Fields of Santa Barbara
Karen Hull of Radcliff, Ky.;
son, Jerry Cheek of Santa Maria;

seven grandchildren,
Kurt Roush, Michael Fisher,
Jason George, Christina Fisher,
Sherry Fisher, Stephanie George
and Melinda Cheek;
seven great-grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made to
Marian Hospice in care of the
Marian Medical Foundation,
1400 East Church St.,
Santa Maria, CA 93454.

Graveside services will be held at
Santa Maria Cemetery
at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003.

Arrangements by:
Dudley-Hoffman
Mortuary and Crematory