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Lucille E. MacDermaid

December 27, 1921 — September 16, 2022

Lucille E. MacDermaid, 100 years old, died Friday, September 16, 2022 at the Harrisville home of her daughter and son-in-law. Mrs. MacDermaid, a life time resident of Alcona County was the daughter of Alcona County Sheriff Raymond Adair and Alice (Fulsher) Adair. She graduated from Harrisville High School. As a high school senior she was chosen to be Snow Queen of the Northeast Michigan Winter Sports Carnival and crowned by Congressman Fred Bradley. After high school graduation she attended Central Michigan University and then married her high school sweetheart, Harry Eugene MacDermaid. She traveled with her husband as a military wife, living in many states and other countries. Their extended assignments included three years in Japan, a year in France, and another year in Weisbaden, Germany. They raised four children, and often Lucille was left that task to perform alone as Harry was assigned to unaccompanied tours of duty. She made the military life an exciting adventure for the family and celebrated each move as an opportunity to appreciate and respect other cultures and people. In 1964, they returned to Alcona County where Lucille became very active in the First Baptist Church, Lincoln, Michigan. Over the years she served her Lord faithfully through worship, prayer, and as President of the First Baptist Church, Lincoln Women’s Mission, a Sunday School Superintendent, a Sunday School Teacher and a Youth Leader. Lucille’s love and interests revolved around her church and her family. She liked to travel and often visited and stayed with her children and their families in different states. Her greatest joys came from spending time with her grand-children and great grandchildren. Lucille is survived by two sons, Dr. Thomas R. (partner Robert Pratt) of Palm Springs, California, David of Houston, Texas, and daughter Gail A. Heath (John) of Harrisville, Michigan---as well as grandchildren: Christen MacDermaid of Cyprus, Texas, and Laura Woods (Ryan) of Tomball, Texas; John Heath (Lynette) and Jason Heath of Harrisville, Sara Cottington-Heath (Megan) of Saginaw, Mitchel MacDermaid (Annie) Arizona, and Debbie Rothchild Las Vegas, NV---as well as five great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. USAF Harry E. MacDermaid; son Harry Raymond MacDermaid (Glenna) of Kenai, Alaska; twin grandsons Mark and Michael Heath Harrisville, Michigan; brother Frank Adair (Margie) Flushing, Michigan; and good friend Wesley Carpenter of Lost lake Woods, Michigan. Visitation will be at Gillies Funeral Home in Lincoln on Monday, September 19---3 PM to 8 PM. A funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church, Lincoln on Tuesday, September 20 at 1 PM (before the service these will a showing at the church from 11 AM – 1 PM). A graveside service at Springport Cemetary, Harrisville, will follow immediately. All are invited to attend a luncheon at the First Baptist Church, Lincoln following the services. Those wishing to offer a memorial in celebration of Lucille’s life are welcome to give support to SUNRISE MISSION, Alpena, Michigan or Haiti Outreach. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Lucille E. MacDermaid, please visit our flower store.


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