Obituary: Eleanora “Ellie” L. Cheney

Eleanora Cheney was a teacher and guidance counselor at Shawnee High School until retiring in 1988.

Eleanora L. Cheney, Age 97, of Marlton, formerly of Haddonfield, NJ, school educator and philanthropist passed away on Nov. 12, 2020.

Born in 1923 to the late Guy Darrell and Alice Augusta (McCoy) Stevenson. Beloved wife of the late Daniel Cheney. Devoted mother of Patricia Walter and the late Nancy Dinsmore and Jon Dinsmore. Adored grandmother of 9, great- grandmother of 25 and great-great grandmother of 4.

Mrs. Cheney graduated from Rutgers Camden with a BA in Secondary Education in 1966. She was hired at Lenape Regional High School District by Kiki Konstantinos to teach Freshman English. After earning her M.A. in Student Personnel Services at Glassboro in 1971, Ellie chose to move with 30 other staff members to a new school: Shawnee High School, where she taught 10th grade honors English. Ellie later moved into Shawnee Guidance as a counselor until her retirement in 1988.

Mrs. Cheney was a co-founder & trustee of DanEllie Philanthropic Foundation serving the less fortunate until 2014. She was also the owner of Another World of Travel in Marlton, NJ from 1984-1986. Eleanora established a scholarship at Cherry Hill West High School in memory of her son Jon W. Dinsmore who died of a brain tumor in 1996.

Mrs. Cheney was a 60-year member of Haddonfield United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the adult Sunday School Class and an Administrative Counselor from 1996-1999.  Eleanora also served on the board of directors of the Fellowship House in Camden NJ from 1995-2000.

Mrs. Cheney’s hobbies were skiing, sailing, traveling and listening to music. In her spare time Eleanora also enjoyed spending time with all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Cheney’s family will receive friends on Saturday, Nov. 21st, 10  to 11:45 AM in the Sanctuary of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where her service will follow promptly at 12 noon.  Masks must be worn inside the Church and social distancing will be enforced. Interment, private. Please check Kain-Murphy Funeral Services’ website (www.KainMurphy.com) prior to attending Services in case of changes or new restrictions due to Covid-19 protocols or New Jersey state mandates. 

 Contributions may be made to Haddonfield United Methodist Church at the above address, The Neighborhood Center, 278 Kaighns Ave., Camden, NJ 08103 and/or Fellowship House in Camden, c/o Community Foundation of South Jersey, P.O. Box 446, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

Kain-Murphy Funeral Services of Haddonfield, NJ  (856) 429-1945