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Vonda Marie Cheney

Private family services are planned at a later date.

Vonda Marie Cheney was born on February 12, 1932 in Fremont County, Iowa to Fredrick Dale and Ila Faye (Bateman) Bell. The family moved to a farm west of Malvern. She attended school in Tabor and played the clarinet in the marching band. While growing up she had a passion for riding horses.

Vonda met the love of her life at a roller-skating rink. She was united in marriage to Charles Albert Cheney on August 1, 1948 in Mineola, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Cynthia, Cheryl and Calvin. The family farmed just outside of Malvern. Vonda enjoyed family picnics, going to the Nebraska State Fair, playing bridge in Tabor and Malvern and eating out with family. The family spent many summer weekends water skiing. Vonda loved being in the boat watching the kids. The family also spent summer vacations in the mountains, enjoying the beautiful scenery and quality time together.

Vonda was active in the St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School in Tabor. She was a member of JUG, Fairview Club and W.S.C.S. Vonda was a talented seamstress and also crocheted beautiful baby blankets and cross-stitched baby quilts for all of the grandkids and some of the great-grandkids. Vonda lovingly made each child and grandchild Christmas stockings. She kept an immaculate yard as well as beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. Charles and Vonda also raised pumpkins and gourds. Along with being a farm wife raising cattle and hogs, she worked at Coatney’s and Hardware Hank’s. Charles and Vonda enjoyed going to the movies together. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Easter was her favorite holiday as she enjoyed watching the kids hunt for eggs, although she loved all of the holidays. The grandkids loved having sleepovers at the farm. The family will cherish all the memories shared with Vonda. Another fun family gathering was fall festivities when kids, grandkids and great-grandkids would pick pumpkins and gourds, then eat pizza afterwards at the farm.

Preceding Vonda in passing were her parents, grandson Aaron Schaaf, brother-in-law Robert Hall, great-nephew Truitt Hunter and other loved ones. Survivors include her loving husband Charles Cheney of Malvern, Iowa; children Cynthia (Julius) Schaaf of Randolph, Iowa and their children Shane and Amber; Sarah and Phil; Cheryl (Chris) Stephens of Malvern, Iowa and children Ethan and Jensen, Garret; Calvin (Barbara) Cheney of Malvern and children, Wyatt; Paul and Daize; Daniel and Courtney; Victoria and Brad; 13 great-grandchildren and one on the way; sister Delores Hall of Castle Rock, Colorado; several nieces, nephews, extended relatives and many friends.

Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Methodist Church, 15 Bennett Avenue, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503.

Interment, Malvern Cemetery, Malvern, Iowa at a later date.

9 Condolences

  • Debbie K Doty Posted December 10, 2019 6:07 pm

    I will always my first meeting this wonderful woman at Tabor Manor and her wonderful Family members that touched my Heart . She was full of spunk and always had something to say I will always remember . her and the whole Family are so awesome and Glad got to meet them all!! Am so sorry for her loss and will never be forgotten. God be with all of you at this time. Deb Doty

  • Mike McAlexander Posted December 10, 2019 6:49 pm

    Charles,Cynthia,Cheryl and Calvin, my heart goes out to you and you are in my prayers. Although my time with her was brief she captured my heart as well as the rest of the family. A Wonderful woman that I have will continue to remember fondly.

  • Chris Newman Posted December 10, 2019 8:33 pm

    Sorry for your family loss🙏🏻

  • Tim & Joyce Koontz Posted December 10, 2019 11:20 pm

    Dear Family, We mourn with you the loss of Vonda from our midst. She was a kind, caring & generous person. She was always genuinely concerned for everyones well being. We will miss that sweet smile and twinkle in her eyes. She was so proud of her family. Your gifts of love brought her great joy. Her loving spirit will surely live on in your lives. May God’s Angels bring you comfort & peace. Tim & Joyce

  • Jackie 7 Darrel McAlexander Posted December 11, 2019 9:37 am

    Cynthia and Julius, We are sorry to hear of your mother’s death. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. It is always hard to loss your parent.

  • Mary Dinville Posted December 11, 2019 11:28 am

    Your mom meant a lot to me. Enjoyed many activities at the Tabor Methodist Church over the years with her. Sorry to hear of her passing. Hugs & prayers for all.

  • Bert & Kay Vandenberg Posted December 11, 2019 12:57 pm

    You have our deepest sympathy
    Bert & Kay

  • Don & Judy Stewart Posted December 12, 2019 12:29 pm

    Charles and family, Vonda was a wonderful person, she was always a very caring person, she meant the world to us. We have great memories of playing cards and watching Charles and Don try to cheat us. We will never forget our trip to Branson, so much fun! She was always there to listen to me especially after my mom died. We will miss her and pray for all of you. Love to all, May she rest in peace.

  • Kevin Albrecht Posted December 12, 2019 3:59 pm

    So sorry to hear about the family’s loss. My sympathy to the whole family.

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