Lucille Courtney

Lucille Courtney

Gladys Lucille Courtney of Cooper Township, Michigan, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Lucille was born December 21, 1934 in Centerville, IN to Fred and Mabel (Wrigley) Vaughn.

For over 20 years she owned and operated Lucille’s II, The Used Book Store, in Plainwell. Lucille had been a longtime faithful supporter of Fr. Flannigan’s Boys Town. In her leisure time she enjoyed spending time on Facebook, especially with her literary group. Her favorite activities were reading and writing. An avid reader, her favorite author was Tom Clancy. Above all, Lucille loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

On December 20, 1960 in Otsego she married Bruce Frederick Courtney, who preceded her in death in 2007.

Surviving are four children, Cindy Courtney of Austin, TX, Julie (Jeff) Cosgrove of Plainwell, Bruce Andrew Courtney of Schoolcraft and Scott (Tina) Courtney of Plainwell; eight grandchildren, Kelly, Casey, Jason, Lynn, Becca, Alex, Zackery and Brandon; three great-grandchildren, Jeffery, Jakob and Mary; siblings, David Vaughn, Janet Field and Robert York.

Cremation has taken place. Friends may meet with Lucille’s family from 1 to 2 P.M. Monday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Rev. Fr. Donald P. Klingler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Lucille may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice.

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  1. Deb Koppers says:

    Julie and Family:
    I was so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. If you need anything, let me know.

  2. Katie Neslund says:

    Jeff, Julie, Lynn and Becca:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love you guys lots.

  3. David and Liesel Vaughn says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss my sister.

  4. PATTY BOWLBY says:


  5. Lucy Osenga says:

    Julie and Jeff:
    So sorry to hear about your mom’s death. Thanks for sharing today, Julie. She is in a much better place we know. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you get through this time together. Blessings to you. Lucy

  6. Lynn Laidler says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss, I hope all the very happy, loving, kind & caring memories will keep you all going through this very sad time.

    Lucille was truly one of a kind, a very special Lady & a very dear friend to me. She touched my heart with her kind, loving, happy, caring & not forgetting her humorous ways. I’ve never met anyone who was so accepting of everyone, it didn’t matter where you were from, what religion or creed you were, if she liked you she told you. I’ve been very blessed to have her in my life for the past three years, she is in my heart to stay forever, a place no one can fill. I Love you Lucille, I always will Sweetheart.

    I met your mother on iHearts page on facebook 3 years ago, we just clicked & became very close friends, we got on great together, it was like we had known eachother all of our lives.

    I will miss Lucille dearly.

    Love Lynn Laidler & family.

  7. Sheila Dell says:

    Lucille’s Family . .
    You are in my Thoughts & Prayers. Lucille was such a dear friend even though we never met in person. We met on Facebook 3 years ago & enjoyed a Lovely Facebook friendship. In her Group “Lucille’s (Music, Poetry, Books)” everyone shared Wonderful times with Lucille making us all feel very welcomed.! She will be missed but always in my heart.

  8. karen from wales uk says:

    so sorry to hear the passing of a lovely lady i met and befriended on a site called ihearts on face book, there was a circle of people who shared eachothers joy of writting and became firm friends, although we never actualy met we still consider ourselves friends who connected in a special way….god bless Lucille and your family in this very great loss of a beautiful lady, inside and out, rest in piece..sweet dreams xxxx

  9. Irene Riley Dyer says:

    To hear of Lucilles passing was a very sad day for me,when i had my open heart surgery in 2010,Lucille was always there to help me through the dark times while i was recovering.We met 3yrs ago on a page called Ihearts on FaceBook,then stayed in touch in her group lucilles(Music,Poetry,Books),she will be missed by every one who has the good fortune to have known her, God blessand keep you all <3

  10. Cindy Wetzel/ Wolff says:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Lucille was a very unique and special LADY. We would have our morning chats about everything from books to appliances. We shared much in common. Especially our love of grandchildren. As I write this -the sun is streaming in my front window-warming my shoulders…I feel Lucilles love . R.I.P.

  11. Geraldine Fillios says:

    Lucille I will miss you I know god needed an another angel so he took you I know one day we will all meet in heaven & have that coffee & hugs I know your at peace with your self no more pain my prayers are with your family god will get them thru this I love you & miss you !!

  12. Ryan Field says:

    Thaughts and prayers are with family, I will miss my Aunt very much, RIP

  13. Tenley Pastula, daughter of Frank Magdich says:

    Lucille was a very dear friend to my father, who is saddened by her passing. She was warm, friendly and funny, always able to make him smile and laugh. I enjoyed the conversations that we had when she came into town to visit; and her love of family and friends was obvious. Our condolences to Lucille’s family. She will be missed by all.

  14. The Cranes says:

    We are all so sorry for the passing of “grandma” . I loved going to her store and just talking to her.
    She was a great lady who will be a true loss.
    She was a great grandma to our girls

  15. Jennifer A.Wright says:

    I met Lucille on facebook 2yrs ago. I will miss seeing her on my page, she was such a kind, sensitive, lady with a wonderful sense of humour. She will be missed by people the all over the world.. Such a careing lady she had time for each and everyone of us who passed her way.
    We loved hearing about her family, seeing her photographs, and sharing her humour.
    My deepest sympathy goes to her family and close friends. She was a much loved lady who will be so sadly missed.
    Lucille, Rest in the arms of the angels, walk around Gods’ Heavenly Garden. Goodnight my friend God Bless you. xxx

  16. Bill Burmeister says:

    Scott, Tina and family, so sorry to hear about your Moms passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you, during this stressful time.
    I remember her as a kind and thoughtful person.

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