Lillian V. Athey, age 96 of Clare, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the Tendercare Nursing Home in Clare. Lillian was born the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Mary Jane (Mavis) Wood on June 20, 1916 in Clare Counties Arthur Township. She was united in marriage to Loyd J. Athey on August 7, 1940, with him predeceasing her on February 27, 1996. Lillian was a lifelong resident of Clare County; she had been active in Clare County Extension and the Ladies Aide at Brush College. She was a member and attended the Arthur Center Church of God.
Lillian is survived by her sons Leslie (Janette) Athey of Farwell and Fredrick (Patricia) Athey of Beaverton; 8 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 18 great great grandchildren. Lillian was predeceased by a grandson David Athey; brothers Dick and Clifford Wood and half brothers Elmer “Jake” Wood and Bryan D. Miller.
Services will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Clare Chapel of Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Arthur Twp. Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Please consider leaving the Athey family a on-line condolence at www.stephenson-wyman.com