|(Thursday - December
24, 2020) - Lucille Doney, age 98, of Peoria, Arizona and former
resident of Iron Mountain, was called home to our Lord as she passed
away peacefully on Wednesday, December 23.
She was born Lucille
Mae Wonders on July 27, 1922, in Quinnesec. She was the sixth of eight
children born to Harry and Clara Wonders both of whom preceded her in
death many years ago. She graduated in 1941 from Quinnesec High School
and went on to seek employment in Milwaukee.
It was in Milwaukee
where she met the love of her life; Robert Doney. They were married on
June 30, 1951. In 1959, they moved to Iron Mountain where she would live
for almost 60 years.
Lucy worked as a waitress for many years in
the Iron Mountain area; primarily at the Dickinson Inn and later at Pine
Grove Country Club where she finished her career of serving others. She
considered the staff and club members of Pine Grove her extended family
and she enjoyed going to work every day. She reluctantly retired at the
age of 81.
For the past several years she left the Michigan
winters to spend time in Arizona, where she made many new friends and
even found a place to play Bingo. She eventually sold her house on the
Westside of Iron Mountain and moved in with her daughter and son-in-law
in Peoria, Arizona, in 2017.
Lucy was a former member of American
Martyrs Catholic Church. She loved playing cribbage and other card games
and was an avid Bingo player. She enjoyed watching Jeopardy, MLB, the
Green Bay Packers and always followed Tom Izzo's Michigan State
Spartans. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.
Lucille is survived by her daughter, Debra (Denny) Chartier of Peoria,
Arizona, two sons; Michael (Judy Wicklund) Doney of Iron Mountain and
Robert (Lorrie) Doney of Green Bay.
In addition, she leaves five
grandsons; Matthew (Laura) Doney, Mark Doney, Michael Doney, Jr., Andrew
(Kelley) Doney, and Kyle (Haley) Doney; one step-grandson, Tyler (Sadie)
Chartier; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She
also leaves behind two sisters, Virginia Rahoi of Iron Mountain and
Marion Wollum of Pompano Beach, Florida; and brother and sister-in-law,
Don and Pat Doney of Green Bay.
In addition to her parents, she
was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Doney in 1981; her
brothers, Joseph, Robert and Harry Wonders, Jr.; and sisters, Helen
Chandler and Louise McKinnon.
Lucy's family and friends will miss
her kindness and cheerful nature. Her longevity can be attributed to her
strong Catholic faith, sharp sense of humor and quick wit, hard work
ethic, and an acceptance of others which she exuded. No matter what the
occasion, she will also be remembered for always bringing her famous
She shared many stories of her days growing up in a
small house with a large family near the river in Quinnesec with her
siblings and neighboring cousins. She often recalled the simple
pleasures of berry-picking, milking cows, and baking bread in spite of
having very few extras ~ especially living through the years of the
Depression. Those things molded her into a very kind, generous, and
caring woman who was loved by all who knew her.
Due to Covid
concerns, a memorial service and celebration of life will be scheduled
and announced sometime in 2021.