son-in-law. "There's an openness and sense of connectedness that Mona
Cheshire died Aug. 16 in Newport Beach. She was 77.
Born in Kau, Hawaii, Cheshire developed a love of nature and the
native culture. She swam and canoed in Hawaii, later paddling in the
first canoe race in Upper Newport Bay in 1959.
Five years earlier, Mona married Jack Cheshire, whom she had met
in Hawaii. The couple bought a home in Newport Beach in the late
1950s after Jack Cheshire had accepted a job in the real estate
The two worked as a team in the real estate industry for about 40
years, making connections with home developers throughout Southern
They moved back and forth between Hawaii and Newport Beach several
times during the '50s, '60s and early '70s. While living in Hilo in
the 1960s, the Cheshires helped found two Christian schools that used
a back-to-basics teaching method that focused on reading, writing and
In Newport Beach, Mona Cheshire befriended her neighbor, Amy
McCullough. On McCullough's honeymoon, Mona Cheshire gave her friend
a guest membership at the Hawaiian canoe club, to which she belonged.
"She was very kind to everyone," Flory said. "One of the things
everyone has said was she was always thinking of other people."
McCullough chose the Cheshires to be her realtors when she bought
a town home in Newport Beach last summer. As a sign of her trust,
McCullough signed the paperwork and went into escrow without seeing
Jack Cheshire still runs Cheshire Properties, a residential real
estate firm based in Newport Beach. Since his wife's death, he has
been surrounded by her family and their friends.
Flory said that's the way Mona Cheshire would have wanted it.
"She was always happiest being with other people," he said.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made, in
Mona Cheshire's name, to Kamehameha Schools through the Ke Ali'i
Pauahi Foundation, 567 S. King Street, Suite 160, Honolulu, HI 96813.