Madge C. Cheek, 93, founded seniors group

February 18, 2004

Madge C. Cheek, a retired Army librarian who was a founder of the Baltimore County Association of Senior Citizens Organizations and an advocate for the aged, died of complications from diabetes Sunday at Long View Nursing Home in Manchester. She was 93 and a longtime resident of Kingsville.

She was born Madge Cooper in Volney, Va., and raised in Bel Air, where she graduated from high school in 1927. That year, she married Lee A. Cheek. Her husband, a refrigeration mechanic at Edgewood Arsenal, died in 1995.

Mrs. Cheek was a military librarian at Edgewood Arsenal for 30 years before retiring in 1975.

She was a founder in 1977 of the seniors' umbrella organization and later served as its president, vice president, director and legislative chairman.

She had also been vice president of Maryland Advocates for Aging and was a president and delegate of United Seniors of Maryland. She had also been a member of the Maryland Commission on Aging, Baltimore County Commission on Aging and the Maryland delegation to a White House conference on aging.

For her efforts on behalf of the state's seniors, Mrs. Cheek was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 1990.

"Politics and helping the aged was her life," said Ida W. Cheek, a daughter-in-law from Glenville, Pa.

She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Bel Air, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Survivors include her son, Donald L. Cheek of Glenville; a daughter, Alden S. Jackson of Westminster; a brother, Darrell Cooper of Bel Air; a sister, Lexie Quillen of Aberdeen; nine grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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