Cheryl Irving, 68, an English teacher for nearly three decades at the William Penn Charter School, died suddenly May 21 at her home in Chestnut Hill.

Mrs. Irving also was the founder and director of the Writing Center and director of the Multicultural Resource Center at the East Falls school.

Earlier she had taught sixth grade at St. Barnabas School in Philadelphia and had taught English at Wissahickon High School.

Born in Chicago and raised in Davenport, Iowa, she was a graduate of Davenport High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Howard University and a master’s degree in English Education from Temple University.

An avid tennis player, she coached Penn Charter girls to Inter-Academic League tennis championships and was a member of the board of the Legacy Education and Tennis Center in East Falls.

Mrs. Irving was a member of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Chestnut Hill, where she was a liturgist, Sunday school teacher and choir member. She also was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the Junior League of Philadelphia.

She is survived by a daughter, Cydney Irving Dasent; a son, Joshua Irving, and a brother, Dr. Logan Oney, of Grosse Pointe, Mich. Mrs. Irving’s husband, James A. Irving, died in 1991

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane in Chestnut Hill.

Memorial donations may be made to the Penn Charter Women’s Legacy Fund at – WF