HARTSHORN, Mary Lane Edwards Cheek, 94, died after a brief illness on Thursday, January
27, 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. She was born August 17, 1927, in
Macon, Georgia, the second child of Prentiss Edwards and Emily Edwards. Mary Lane was a
granddaughter of the well-known Georgia author, Harry Stillwell Edwards. The Edwards family
were members of Christ Episcopal Church in Macon. Mary Lane attended public schools in
Macon, Georgia, and she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wesleyan College in Macon,
Georgia. She was President of her senior class at Wesleyan. Following her college graduation,
Mary Lane worked in New York city where she met Warren Cheek. Mary Lane and Warren were
married in 1955 and the couple had three children. Mary Lane was a devoted wife, mother and
homemaker. During her children’s youth, she was also active as a leader in the Brownies and Cub
Scouts. In 1968, Warren took a position with the Florida National Bank, and the family moved to
Jacksonville, Florida. In Jacksonville, Mary Lane and Warren were members of the St. Mark’s
Episcopal Church. Mary Lane was also active as a Girl Scout leader and served on the Board of
Directors of the Girl Scouts in Jacksonville. In 1977, Warren died unexpectedly. Mary Lane
became more involved with the church and its ministry, completing a four year course at St.
Mark’s Episcopal Church on Education for Ministry, a program of theological education created
by the University of Sewanee. These courses helped Mary Lane to develop her natural skill in
ministering to others. At St. Mark’s, Mary Lane met David Hartshorn, a fellow member, and the
couple was married in 1985. David was an avid sailor, and they enjoyed many years of sailing in
the Carribean islands. In 2005, Mary Lane and David retired from sailing and moved to
Glenmoor Senior Living in St. Augustine. They became members of St. Francis in-the-Field
Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra, where Mary Lane enjoyed singing in the choir. While living in
St. Augustine, Mary Lane and David focused their attention on their children and grandchildren.
David died unexpectedly in 2009, leaving Mary Lane to focus all her love and affection on her
family and neighbors. She continued to live in Glenmoor until 2021, at which time she moved
into the home of her daughter Roxanne in Jacksonville. There, Mary Lane was lovingly cared for
by her two daughters. Survivors are her three children: a son, Warren Cheek, Jr. (Daisy); and two
daughters, Dr. Roxanne Cheek Morris D.V.M. (Hugh) and Emily Cheek (Greg Kolanek).
Grandchildren are Sunni Myers, Amelia Morris, Walter Morris, Jackson Cheek, Douglas Cheek,
Mitchell Cheek, Kyle Morris (Veronica) and Kody Morris. A great-grandchild is Lincoln Morris.
A stepson is David Hartshorn Jr. (Aurora). Step-grandchildren are Brittany Hartshorn, Matthew
Hartshorn, Savannah Hartshorn, Delaney Hartshorn, Cameron Hartshorn, Jeremy Hartshorn
(Julie) and Jonathan Hartshorn (Rebecca). A graveside service will be held on Saturday, February
19, at 10:00 A.M. at Evergreen Cemetery, 4535 North Main Street (Gate 5), Jacksonville,
Florida. A memorial service will be held later the same day at 1:00 P.M. at St. Francis in-the-
Field Episcopal Church, 895 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra. A reception will follow in the
Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Harry
Stillwell Edwards Memorial Fund, Museum of Arts & Sciences for the upkeep of Kingfisher
cabin on the museum grounds, 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, Georgia, 31210, or to Wesleyan
Alumni Association, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, Georgia, 31210. Funeral arrangements are
under the care of Evergreen Funeral Home, Jacksonville, Florida.
I fondly remember Mrs Cheek as my girl scout leader and mother to Em and Roxanne. I can still see her in her sailboat.
She instilled the love of Christ in her family.