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Bertha Cheney
1865 - 1961
 
Hartt
Bertha, Samuel E., Samuel Jr., Samuel Sr., Jonathan, Capt. Samuel, Isaac
From a church bulletin of the First Church of the Nazarene in Lowell, Mass., March 19, 1961. (Bertha is a daughter of Samuel [1828] and Mary Anne Hartt.) Mrs. George (Bertha Hartt) Cheney, 95, of 60 Oliver Drive, Dracut, Mass, went home to heaven Wednesday afternoon, March 15th. Mrs. Cheney was born in Norton, New Brunswick, Canada, November 30th, 1865, the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Hayes) Hartt. She had lived in Lowell until four years ago when she established her home in Dracut. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Albert Lunn, with whom she made her home, and Mrs. Louis Craven, of Pelham, N.H.; two sons, Harold Cheney, of Lowell and Leon Cheney, of Vista, California; seven grandsons; 13 great grandchildren. Mrs. Cheney was a charter member and the oldest living member of the First Church of the Nazarene of Lowell. She joined when the First Pentecostal Holiness Mission on January 6, 1903. Through the efforts of the members of the Mission, on January 21, 1903, the First Pentecostal Church was organized with Rev. A. Riggs as pastor. Prior to this, the group was instrumental in organizing the "Wesley Church" in 1898, which in reality marks the beginning of the Holiness Movement in Lowell. In 1908 members of this congregation met with others to organize and establish the Church of the Nazarene. The records show that Mrs. Cheney was for about 63 years a faithful and ardent worker in this Holiness Movement.
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