2017-04-19 / Obituaries

Mildred "Mimi" Cheney Cohen

Mildred "Mimi" Cheney Cohen, beloved wife of Porter Barrett Cohen, died peacefully at her home in Waynesboro, Georgia on Monday, April 17, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was 85 years old. Mimi Cohen was born in Washington, Georgia, to Benjamin Irvin Cheney and Mildred Mays Sims Cheney and was one of five children.

Mrs. Cohen was educated in the Wilkes County school system and attended Mars Hill College. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Waynesboro where she served as church organist for 52 years and was also a member of the Scrap Gresham Sunday School Class.

Mrs. Cohen was a member and past president of the Waynesboro Garden Club. She taught fifth and sixth grade social studies and reading at Edmund Burke Academy for more than 20 years. While at Edmund Burke, she introduced her love of music to all her students. Besides musical talent, which she shared with her family and community, Mrs. Cohen also enjoyed French hand sewing for her grandchildren, China painting and arranging her beautiful roses.

She was preceded in death by daughter Katherine Cohen Scardato and is survived by her husband; daughters, Mildred Cohen Coleman (Charles) of Augusta, Ga., and Mary Cohen Wills (John) of Thomson, Ga.; a son, James Barrett Cohen (Debbie) of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a son-in-law, Michael A. Scardato of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; nine grandchildren, Mimi Coleman Grinalds (Allen) and Katherine Coleman Johnson (Brown) of Augusta, Mary Charles Coleman Snoddy (Mark) of Nashville, Tenn., Sarah McMillan Coleman of Charleston, S.C., Adrienne Wills Pendley (Stuart) of Atlanta and Charles Wingfield Wills (Madeline) of Augusta; and thirteen greatgrandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Lelia Cheney Freeman and Patricia Cheney Britt; brothers, Benjamin Irvin Cheney and Marion Pope Cheney; and sisters-in-law, Sophie Cohen Wills and Willie Elizabeth Cohen.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 19, from 6-8 p.m. at Burke Memorial Funeral Home, 842 Liberty St., Waynesboro, GA. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 20, at First United Methodist Church of Waynesboro with the Revs. Sam Wilder and Jimmy Cason officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Gardens. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, 802 Liberty St., Waynesboro, GA 30830.

Active pallbearers are Brigham Scott, Bill Hargrove, Fred Hargrove, Art Jenkins, Henry Hopkins, Tommy Mitchell, Steven Murray and Chip Barefield.

Honorary pallbearers are members of the Scrap Gresham Sunday School Class and members of Harvey's Coffee Club.

Arrangements are by Burke Memorial Funeral Home, 842 Liberty St., Waynesboro, GA 30830. (706) 551-5100.

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