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Kathleen Sprowl Cheney of Peachtree City

Kathleen Sprowl Cheney passed into a better world on August 10, 2014.

She was born in Miami, Fla. on July 22, 1946, and graduated from the University of Florida in 1968. She spent the next 20 years flying pre-smoking ban as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines before being medically retired due to throat cancer. In 1989 she moved to Peachtree City, Ga. with her husband, Kevin, and son, Patrick. In 2012, she was elected as a Trustee to the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) Board of Trustees where she served until her death. Her death was the result of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, to which her initial throat cancer and many other health problems were attributed.

She was known throughout the state, county and most especially in her beloved Peachtree City for her unending efforts to keep second-hand tobacco smoke out of all of our lives and especially out of the lives of children. When you eat in a smoke-free restaurant or work in a smoke-free environment, you and your family can thank Kathie and those like her who worked so hard to make this happen.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin Cheney; son, Patrick McGuire Cheney; Tom Cheney whom she loved as a son; four sisters: Patricia Pallon (Anthony), Joann Anthony, Mary Mosley (Dick) and Denise Bamonte (Richard); and numerous other loving family members.

A viewing will be held at the Carmichael Funeral Home in Peachtree City on Friday, August 15th from 6-8 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday, August 16, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Kathie's name to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

Carmichael Funeral Home, Peachtree City



Not having know her personally, she left a better world for us. As a former smoker, I now fully appreciate the efforts of those who gave us a smoke-free city. I stopped cold turkey 22 years ago and am so glad I did. I was up to over 2 packs a day and was addicted. It wasn't easy, but I knew if I started again, I would never stop again.

Until I saw her face in her photo above, I had forgotten she was the one who spoke in a city council meeting a few mayors ago and was belittled and yelled at by the man in charge. I will never forget her courage at speaking her piece. She had a beautiful scarf wrapped around her neck, her voice was that of someone who was not well, yet she said what she came to say and never deserved the belligerent treatment she received from the man on the dais. Some people leave an indelible imprint in your mind and she did that for me that evening. May she be at peace now.

Concerned Citizen's picture

What an advocate she was. Kathie was my neighbor in PTC for a time in the early 90's. I remember her telling me her story and I felt proud to know her when she was in the news educating people about her views. RIP.

I have known a lot of people who have said they are glad they quit, but have yet to hear anyone say that they are glad they started.

brewster's picture

We all were glad to have started - it's cool, mature and controllable. Only when we want to quit, and can't - that is when the remorse starts.

Steve Brown's picture

Her photo hangs on my office wall.

Relentless she was. She has her place in history.

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