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Lucille P. Mackey, 103

Lucille P. Mackey, 103, of Woodstock, passed away March 29, 2024, peacefully in her sleep, at Valley Hi Nursing and Rehab in Woodstock. She was born in Oak Park on Dec. 12, 1920, to James and Magdalen (Garramone) Minola. On Dec. 2, 1944, she married Clifford T. Mackey of Woodstock, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Crystal Lake. They were married 61 years until his passing in April 2006.

Lucille attended three different elementary schools in Chicago. While living in Chicago she participated and excelled in many sports in many different parts of the city. She enjoyed roller skating at Soldier Field, volleyball, basketball, and track at La Follett Park, and she played right field with the Kilmer Trees women’s baseball team.

In 1935 she moved to Crystal Lake and attended Crystal Lake Central High School. While living in Crystal Lake she played baseball with the Crystal Lake girls city baseball team.

In 1936 her family moved to the family’s new home outside Woodstock on Lily Pond Road to be near the family business, Lily Pond Park Inn. While attending Woodstock High School she was elected social chairman of the Girls Athletic Club, won first place in the 50 yard dash, high jump, and broad jump competition. She was May Queen in 1939, prior to her graduation. Lucille was the last surviving member of the class of 1939.

Throughout her youth, she was fortunate enough to be able to spend summers at the family cottage in Lake Geneva and the farm in Woodstock.

After high school, Lucille attended Ellis Business College in Elgin. Upon graduation she worked at Oak Mfg. in Crystal Lake before going to work in the family restaurant. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years while raising her family. Once that was accomplished, she decided to join the workforce again. She worked at Precision Twist Drill in Sales and Expediting in Crystal Lake until her retirement in 1983.

During retirement she enjoyed senior activities at Dorr Township in Woodstock and the Crystal Lake Senior Club. She loved being social and making new friends.

Lucille is survived by her daughter, Maureen (Larry) Walton, of Woodstock, and many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sisters Marie Durkee and Rita Minola and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service was held on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. at McHenry County Memorial Park Cemetery, 11301 Lake Ave., Woodstock.

The family would like to thank her care team at Valley Hi and JourneyCare Hospice for the wonderful and loving care she received.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to Valley Hi Nursing and Rehab, 2406 Hartland Road, Woodstock, IL 60098 or JourneyCare Hospice, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.

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