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Alta Lucille Logue (Mackay) Melick

Obituary for Alta Lucille Logue (Mackay) Melick who passed from this life June 7, 2012, at Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Lucille was born to Thomas and Pearle Logue in Loveland, Colo., October 7, 1916. She was the third of six children. The family migrated to Whittier, Calif., in 1922, where Lucille was educated in the local schools. She was a thespian and had the distinction of playing opposite eventual Governor and President, Richard Nixon, in several plays. She became active in Job's Daughters and remained an Eastern Star throughout her life, eventually holding the post of Oregon State Grand Esther.

On February 20, 1936, she married Robertson L. Mackay, in Los Angeles, Calif. They moved to Ashland, Ore., with their two sons, Larry and Daniel, in 1941. She remained an Ashland resident until retiring to Talent, Ore., in 1979. Robertson passed away in 1982. She married Harry Melick October 9, 1986.

She was a stay at home mom until the boys were of school age. She then took part-time work in both of Ashland's two dry cleaners. Eventually, she landed in the maintenance department at Southern Oregon College. By the time she retired she was the executive housekeeper in charge of dorm cleaning and maintenance.

In retirement, she traveled with husband, Robertson, to Mexico for the winters, returning each spring to work at the Diamond Lake Resort running the gift shop and advising the cleaning crew. She rekindled her latent talent in painting and constructing shell pictures.

When she married Harry Melick in 1986, they traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand, returning home to continue many years in the Good Sam Club and supported the Dogs for the Deaf.

She learned to love the outdoors as a child in the Colorado Rockies and in her high school days she was a YMCA camp counselor and song leader. She loved to fish and made many wonderful comfortable camps for the family in their growing up years.

A lifelong member of the Methodist church, she sang in the choir for 50 years. She helped form the "Deluzo Trio" and blessed many audiences with her gifted love of music as a soloist.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands. She is survived by her two sons, Dan (Barbara) Mackay, of Ashland, and Larry (Zonia) Mackay, of Portland, Ore.; ten grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland, OR 97520, Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the reception following in Wesley Hall.

Memorial donations may be made to the choir fund or the endowment fund of the church.


Alta Lucille Logue (Mackay) Melick