MacKichan, Lillian Eva

MacKichan, Lillian Eva – Age 89, passed away peacefully October 30, 2014, in Melville Gardens, Halifax where she had lived for the past three years. She was born in Cleveland, Cape Breton on July 4, 1925. She was the fourth child of eight of the late Howard and Christina (Mauger) MacKichan. She received her early education in Cleveland. She attended Normal College in Truro and taught grades 4-9 at Portuguese Cove School. In 1958 she was employed with the Royal Bank where she worked for 27 years. Lillian always enjoyed working and she said there was never a bad day. She retired in 1985 after a very successful career. Lillian was a lifelong member of St. Matthew’s United Church where she served as the first female Elder. She also served as a member of the UCW and Finance Committee, among others, and was a CGIT leader for many years. Lillian’s hobbies included knitting, crafts and baking. Lillian devoted her time caring for those in need. This included making meals, visiting and comforting many people in both hospitals and nursing homes. Lillian loved to spend time with her family. She would make every niece and nephew feel like they were the most special with personal visits and gave each one her entire attention. Lillian’s home was the site of countless family gatherings, laughter, card playing and of course her famous chicken a lá king and chocolate cake. Christmas at Lillian’s was a family tradition that will be a cherished memory forever. She was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt and honorary Grammie.

She is survived by her brothers, James “Jim” (Arlene) and Harold “Archie” Lloyd MacKichan and sisters, Jessie Isabel (Charles) McCurdy, Katherine Mildred (Jack, predeceased) Hutchinson, Frances Jean (Roy) Merry and Christeen Annabel (Clint, predeceased) Russell. She was predeceased by brother, Ralph Mauger (Helen, predeceased) MacKichan. Lillian is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews who adored her.

A Celebration of Her Life service will be held Monday, November 3 at 2 p.m. in St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St. The minister officiating will be Rev. Betsy Hogan. There will be a reception in the church hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lillian’s memory may be made to St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St., Halifax, NS B3J 1Z2, Feed Nova Scotia, 213 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS B3M 2J9 or a charity of your choice. Burial will take place in Fairview Lawn Cemetery following the reception.