Priscilla Kay Cheever

Priscilla Kay Cheever of Ann Arbor, Mich. passed away on December 23 at the home of her sister, Ronda Cheever and brother-in-law, Dale Maddox, under the care of Hospice of Lenawee.

Priscilla was born on August 30, 1946, in Tecumseh, Mich. to Elizabeth (Issen) and Ronald Cheever.

She graduated Britton Macon High School in 1964, and University of Michigan Law School in 1978.

For forty-three years, her law career included working in the law practice of Francis, Funkhauser, and Cheever in Ann Arbor, Model City Legal Services, State Supreme Court administrative office in the Regulatory Probate Court section, State Supreme Court- Office of Services for the Aging, the State Appellate Defenders Office, and she served as an ombudsman for Elder Care for the State of Michigan.

In her legal career, Priscilla chose to advocate for those who would not otherwise have access to legal resources: the poor at Model Cities, prisoners at the State Appellate Defender, nursing home residents as Assistant State Ombudsman. She had a firm commitment toward fairness and justice, whether for individual clients or in the political arena. Priscilla displayed a fierce loyalty and support for family, friends and professional associates. May we always remember her generosity, kindness, her love of books and nature, and her willingness to help others. She made a difference in the world.

She is survived by her sister Ronda Cheever and brother-in-law, Dale Maddox; sister, Kathleen (Dennis) Marshall; niece, Jessica (Chris) Carle of Knoxville, Tenn.; nephew, Stephen Marshall of Mount Pleasant, Mich.; and many special cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

At Priscilla’s request, cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral or memorial service. A private burial will be in Ridgeway Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be offered to the family at


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