Margaret Mary Cheers, 80, waitress and homemaker

January 16, 2003

Margaret Mary Cheers, a former Baltimore waitress and homemaker, died of Alzheimer's disease Friday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 80.

Born and raised Margaret Mary Eckenrode in Altoona, Pa., she moved to Baltimore in the early 1940s after graduating from high school.

Mrs. Cheers worked as a waitress for 18 years for Bill Pellington, the former Colt linebacker who owned Pellington's Iron Horse Restaurant in Yorkridge Shopping Center in Timonium. After leaving the restaurant in 1982, she worked as a waitress in Little Italy until retiring in 1988.

"She was tiny and Mr. Pellington was always picking her up in his arms," said her son Jeffrey L. Cheers of Charlottesville, Va.

A former longtime resident of Edmondson Heights, Mrs. Cheers had lived in Randallstown since 1994. She enjoyed bowling.

Her marriage to Elbert L. Cheers ended in divorce.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at David J. Weber Funeral Home, 5311 Edmondson Ave.

Mrs. Cheers also is survived by three other sons, Kenneth M. Cheers of Oklahoma City, Douglas R. Cheers of Baltimore and Michael D. Cheers of Glen Rock, Pa.; a brother, Richard Eckenrode of Westminster; two sisters, Jean Gilbert of Parkville and Aline Chaney of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Another son, Gregory D. Cheers, died in 1996.

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