Welcome to the memorial page for

Myrtle L Cheek

January 24, 1922 ~ December 5, 2017 (age 95)
Myrtle L. Cheek January 24, 1922 – December 5, 2017
Mom passed peacefully at home with family by her side at the age a 95. She came to California from Missouri to marry her high school sweet heart, Howard Cheek Sr. in 1941. They were married 61 years till his death in 2003. After he came home from the war they settled in Salida, CA before buying their final home in Modesto where they raised their 4 children and both spent their final hours. She was a true homemaker that worked summers at Tri-Valley Growers before retiring after more than 30 years. She made the world’s best pies, cakes and cookies! No one could do a cobbler like her.
Mom was a woman of faith. Her love for the Lord never wavered and brought her through the hard times. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Modesto for over 60 yrs. and love telling her children and grandchildren about God and His love for all of us.
She is survived by her 4 children; Howard Clinton Cheek Jr. (Carolyn), Diana Jarman (Larry), Darlene Thompson and Chuck Cheek (Debi). Her greatest accomplishments and joy were her 13 grand, 32 great grands and 1 great-great grandchildren. She’s survived by her brother Orville Johnston of Modesto, sister Betty Simkins of Springfield, MO., along with many nieces, nephews and good friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents Fred and Ruth Johnston, 1 sister, 3 brothers and 2 great grandchildren.
Mother had a special gift of serving and loving others. Friends soon became family while her door was always open with room for one more at her table. Proverbs 31 “her children arise up, and call her blessed”. We were blessed to have had this woman to call Mom, Grandma, Granny, Sister, Aunt and Friend…
In mom’s honor we’ll be having an “Old Fashion Potluck” following the service at her home.
Franklin & Downs Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cheek family. There will be a viewing on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 6-8PM at Franklin & Downs 1050 McHenry Ave. Modesto, CA with a graveside service the following day at 1PM at Acacia Memorial Park, in Modesto, CA.

 Service Information


Acacia Memorial Park
801 Scenic Drive
Modesto, CA 95350

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