Granddaddy and Jesus have called Grandma Home.
Mary Alice Pinney was born on October 27, 1929 in Globe, Arizona to Dan and Ola Mae Cheney. She was one of five children. She graduated from Eufaula High School in 1947, and was married to Harold D. Pinney on April 2, 1948. Together, they traveled across 47 of the United States, and much of Europe during Harold’s service in the Army. They had four children.
Mary Alice served as the President of Officer’s Wives Clubs on several posts where her husband served. As an officer’s wife, she was responsible for entertaining and hosting dinner parties for dignitaries, heads of state, and various politicians and royalties from around the world, in addition to performing various secretarial duties for Harold. Mary also taught Sunday school, and was proficient in many artistic media. She taught classes in hat making, ceramics, upholstery, painting in all mediums, charcoal sketching, and pastels. She won awards both in the United States and in Europe for her paintings.
The Pinney’s retired in the early 1970s and returned to Eufaula, Oklahoma where they were both very active in their community. Mary Alice continued to serve in the Methodist Church of Eufaula as a Sunday school teacher, volunteer, and member. She continued to teach art classes, and also volunteered for the Deep Fork Community Action organization and played an instrumental role in the building of the Eufaula Memorial Library. She volunteered for the Eufaula High School drama department; sewing costumes for the student’s play productions. She served as a reporter for the Lake Eufaula World, a job which provided the funds to secure college education money for nine grandchildren. She ran the God’s Helping Hands food pantry in Eufaula for many years, and founded the award winning “Positive Thinkers” after school program at the Eufaula Methodist Church. In later years, she spent her time focused on her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening and bird watching.
Mary Alice Pinney passed from this earth on Monday, May 20, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold D. Pinney, and their oldest daughter, Peggy. She is survived by her sister Patsy Gray of Ohio and her brother Robert Cheney of California, her son Randy Pinney and his wife Marilyn of Owasso, her daughters Linda Pinney and Deborah Pinney of Eufaula, along with 9 grandchildren and their spouses, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of The Lord forever. Psalms 23:6
His goodness and love did follow our Mom…She now dwells in the house of Our Lord. Prayers for our family are needed and appreciated. Thank you.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Eufaula. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Hunn Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church’s Building Fund. Online condolences may be made to www.hbmfuneralhome .com.