Lucie Clay Heller
Lucie Clay Heller, beloved wife, mother and friend, died peacefully on March 18, 2020 at the age of 88.
Lucie, a long-time resident of Old Mission Peninsula, was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. In March of 1955, she married James (Jim) Heller. Together they raised one son, Edward. Both husband and child preceded her in death.
Jim and Lucie fell in love with Traverse City during their summers spent in an airstream trailer on the Old Mission Peninsula. After retiring, in the mid-1980s, Jim and Lucie moved from Lexington to the village of Old Mission and then to their beloved farmhouse on Smokey Hollow Road.
During her three decades in Traverse City, Lucie was actively involved at Ogdensburg United Methodist Church, and later Grace Episcopal Church, as well as in the Old Mission Women's Club. Lucie's faith in God was a cornerstone of her life and comforted her as she neared death.
Lucie is survived by several long-time friends who were, to her, family. She will be remembered with great affection by many others, including those among her church communities who enriched her life and were enriched by her presence in their lives.
A service committing her ashes to the columbarium at Grace Episcopal Church will be held at a later time.
Lucie's family and friends are immensely grateful to the staff to French Manor's Green House, and Hospice of Michigan for their tremendous dedication to caring for and about Lucie.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories of Lucie at her tribute page at
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on March 22, 2020


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