May 26, 1954 – January 11, 2020
Donna Lynne Cheney born May 26, 1954 passed away on January 11, 2020 at the age of 65. Loving wife of Terry Cheney. Adoring mother of Amanda (Abraham) Raper, Sarah Benish, Emily (Stephen) Nelson, Matt (Heather) Cheney and Marcus Cheney. Dear grandmother of Alexander, Alice, Catherine, Angelina, Dylan, Kinsley, Cooper, Colin, Asher and the late Veda. Dearest sister of the late Robert and Kenneth.
Donna was a devout wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandkids. She loved to shop in her free time whether it was for her or for her family. Donna and Terry traveled the world together even going on some of their most memorable trips to Italy and France. She will be deeply missed by many family and friends.
A visitation will be held at Harry J Will Funeral home in Livonia on Tuesday January 14th from 2-5pm and continue at 6-8pm. Funeral service will be held Wednesday January 15th at 11am at Oak Pointe Church in Novi. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up an online link where donations can be made in her honor at www.DonnaCheney.com.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at the online guestbook for the Cheney family.
- Rogel Cancer Center Fund
- Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Continued Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020
January 15, 2020
Nina (Donna) was the grandma that everybody loves she made so many friends and enjoyed her time with me and my cousins . One of the best times I had with her was going to see Hamilton in Chicago Illinois. Donna was so awesome at cooking.her food always made me so happy. One of my favorite things was when all family gathered around for dinner. It was so fun when me my brother cooper my mom heather and my dad Matt surprised Terry and Donna for thanksgiving. I miss Donna so much. LOVE,COLIN CHENEY
January 14, 2020
Dear Terry and Family
John and I are so sorry about Donna’s passing. We are sending our prayers, hugs and love.
Love Kelly and John Rysdyke
January 14, 2020
Had many years at Rosedale School of Dance with Donna. I will remember her smile and love of dance.
January 13, 2020
My heart is broken to hear about Donna..... I was the Benish family's first Nanny, I was hired while she was going through her first bout of Cancer treatments and right when I met her for the interview we and after she hired me she told me that she knew I was the right one and she was right we clicked right away and made each other laugh. Donna was more than an employer she was a mentor to me or like a big sister we became very good friends while I worked for the family and even on my days off she invited my husband and I over for some drinks and a BBQ she had a smile that lit up a room and a very contagious laugh. I have quite a few good memories of her like when I accidentally poured liquid dish soap in their dishwasher and she called me later that night laughing so hard and asked me what I poured into the dishwasher because the dishwasher was foaming out from the sides and bottom all over their kitchen floor and Al was on his hands and knees on the floor trying to wipe it up as more kept pouring out.... I used to tease Donna when salespeople would come to the door and ask for my "Mom" and I would yell out MOOOOOM someones at the door for you and Donna would walk up and pinch my butt and my last one was when she was in remission and her Cancer treatments were over Al told her that she would have to let me go she had a hard time telling me even though I knew that it was a 6 month temporary job so she drug her feet for another 2 months and finally told me, 2 days later many phone calls were coming in because I used her a reference and she was just so funny when she said "Sharon I didnt mean you had to find a job asap " lol then Donna was weeding out all of the nanny families I applied for telling me "no you cant work for that family the husband seems weird" or "no you cant work for them she seems too snooty" I loved Donna and will miss her so much, we talked a few times about getting together for lunch but never had a chance, I wish we would of. Love, Sharon
January 13, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss and My deepest condolences to the family. Donna will always be in our hearts and unquestionably in mine. We became fast friends and I will always treasure our friendship. I love you, Donna. Until we meet again my dear friend.
January 13, 2020
My heart goes out to the entire Cheney family. Donald and I so enjoyed the times with Donna...especially Matt's and Heather's wedding. May you find comfort that she is at peace .
January 12, 2020
I can only assume that many who were childhood friends of one of Donna’s daughters had a similar loving experience to mine. Always the most welcoming host, generous and accommodating, and saw the good in people. Showered us with compliments, and had no problem talking about any topic. Others’ happiness made her happy, especially her family’s. She was just good. Beautiful inside and out. A treasured piece of some of my fondest teenage memories, which I’m grateful that continued into adulthood. Donna, thank you for being another mom to me. You will be missed by so many.