Mary E. Cheatham, businesswoman

She turned her love of fishing into a Florida charter boat business

  • Mary E. Cheatham
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November 17, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Mary E. Cheatham, who turned her love of fishing into a successful Florida charter boat business, died Nov. 5 of vascular dementia at Hope HealthCare Services in Fort Myers, Fla. The former longtime Glen Burnie resident was 64.

Mary Elizabeth Hawkins was born and raised in Annapolis and attended Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

She was married in 1965 to Stephen M. Cheatham Sr., who was a vice president of Roy Kirby & Sons Construction Co. They settled in Glen Burnie, where she was a homemaker and raised her three children.

After the death of her husband in 1994, Mrs. Cheatham, who had been an avid Chesapeake Bay angler, moved to Fort Myers Beach, Fla., where she established Chesapeake Lady Charters.

In addition to spending time with her family and friends, Mrs. Cheatham enjoyed fishing and karaoke.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14 at Bonita Bills Waterfront Cafe, 730 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

Mrs. Cheatham is survived by two sons, Stephen M. Cheatham Jr. of Marietta, Calif., and Eugene Cheatham of Simpsonville, S.C.; a daughter, Dawn Hunt of Fort Myers Beach; two brothers, Richard Hawkins of Edgewater and Frank Hawkins Jr. of Annapolis; a sister, Maria Dawson of Annapolis; and seven grandchildren.

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