Lillian Isabel Gregg, 97, of Beaver Island, Michigan, passed away at home on February 13, 2022. She was born in Port Huron Michigan, on December 13, 1924, to William Stuart and Margaret Ellen McGuire MacDonald. After graduating from her home town High School in Memphis Michigan, she worked as a secretary in Lansing Michigan, where Lillian and Philip Robert Gregg met and fell in love on a blind date. Phil proposed to Lil on the lawn of the state capital of Michigan, and they were married in Richmond Michigan on June 21, 1947. They shared 62 amazing years together filled with love and many adventures.
Lil and her family were charter members of the Beaver Island Christian Church. Lil wore many hats through the years serving the church as a Tennessee Ernie Ford disc jockey “before there was a piano or organ player”, secretary and treasurer of the Women’s Circle, Sunday school teacher, organized Thanksgiving dinners and Easter breakfast’s, pancake suppers, sang in the choir, served coffee and cookies after church services, etc.
Lil was postal clerk at the Beaver Island Post Office for 35 years.
She worked at Beaver Haven Marina the family business, cooked and managed Rustic Villa Grill, cleaned cabins, rented cars, bicycles. She and Joyce Bartels owned and operated a Beaver Island Tour business.
Both Lil and Phil loved Beaver Island and were very involved in many aspects of the community, including publishing the Beaver Beacon for several years.
Lil lovingly knitted hundreds of Christmas stockings for family and friends. She knitted her last Christmas stocking at the age of 94.
Surviving her are 2 children Ruth Gregg of Beaver Island, Ronald (Ann) Gregg of Clarksville Tennessee, and son-in-law Joseph Moore (Phyllis Gregg Moore deceased) of Beaver Island, her dear grandchildren Angela (Kevin) Mogford of Conway Michigan, Philip Michael (Jessica) Moore of Lander Wyoming, Michael (Angelie) Himebauch of Williamsburg Ohio, Courtney Moore Pelcha of Pellston, Thomas (Kimberly) of Orlando Florida, Kayleigh Gregg of Nashville Tennessee, and Andrea Moore of Puyallup Washington. She also leaves behind five wonderful great-grandchildren.
Lil was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Phil; her daughter, Phyllis Moore; and her sisters Jeanice Raymond, and Margret “Peggy” King.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Beaver Island Food Pantry or Beaver Island EMS.
A heartwarming thank you to Gerald and Tammy LaFreniere, Tammy Radionoff, and Beaver Island EMS
Our love, prayers, and thanks to all who loved and cared for our sweet Mom.
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, June 16th at 3pm at the Beaver Island Christian Church with burial following in St. James Township Cemetery.