(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 Lemon Bars!

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.
 







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