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Marie Lucienne Horner

April 28, 1933 July 24, 2014
Marie Lucienne Horner
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HORNER, Marie Lucienne (Lu). 4/28/33 - 7/24/14. Left this life surrounded by her loving family, after several days of Hospice Care at her home. Lu is survived by, and will be sorely missed by, her husband, Jack, of some 56 1/2 years, as well as all her children and extended family. Lu was a remarkable woman, wife, mother of seven children in a span of eleven years. She was proud of all her children; they were all her favorites. She was especially happy that she had three sets of fraternal twins, and only lost one of the six in the birthing process. Lu was a miracle survivor of a serious illness of a burst aneurysm, deep in her brain, 16 1/2 years ago, and after several weeks in a coma, was released to her family, with the dreaded diagnosis of "Persistent Vegetative State". We were given very little hope at the time, but she began to rally the mental handicap after several weeks, and was finally able to hold conversations with her family, much to the limited expectations of the doctors. We were able to have her with us for the extra 16 1/2 years. Two of her sons, Mickey and Bill, should be mentioned as primary care-givers for Lu during this time. We couldn't have done it without them.

In spite of Lu's many visits to doctors, she succumbed in the end to a severe and terminal spread of cancer, which had gone un-detected until her final two days in the hospital. So much for modern medicine. Lu did not want to live on a machine, and she was brought home, where she had lived for over 55 years.

Lu had a rough start in life. She was born in northern Ontario, near Timmins, as an unwanted child, and abused, until being adopted by a childless couple when she was only 3-4 years old. Eventually, we were able to return the favor, when we moved her parents, now deceased, Harvey and Yvette Facette, in with us. Lu spoke French as a child and English was her second language, although she carried no accent in her English. After her family was raised, Lu took jobs in the local nursing homes. She was very compassionate and sometimes brought patients home with her for an evening with family. Her loves, besides her family, were the cabin up north, and travel. She was a great family travel "agent" and organizer. Late in life, we were fortunate to have her travel with us on several business trips, and she made friends with many folks from overseas, both in Europe and Australia. She was especially helpful in France the last few times. We had planned on returning to both continents after retirement, but it was not to be.

Lu leaves, to grieve, along with her husband, Jack, her children: Renee (Curt) Johnson, John (Jay) Horner, Jeannine (Philip) Vigelius, William (Bill) Horner, Michael (Mickey) Horner, Jacqueline (Jacquie) (Marty) Bennett, and Jill (Kirk) Culik. She leaves grandchildren, Justin (Martha) Cramb, Savanah Cramb, James (Jodie) Cramb, Ethan Vigelius, Keaton Vigelius, Schyler Bennett, and Grant Bennett. Also two great grandchildren, Autumn and Isabella Cramb. Lu always loved her dogs, especially her current pet, Barney, her �Service Dog�. They picked each other out at the dog pound, after he laid his chin on her lap and rolled his big brown eyes at her. He knew she was somebody special. You had to see Barney with his very proud prancing strut, as he pulled Lu in her wheel chair through the neighborhood. Lu always loved babies and animals. Can you tell?

Funeral services will be handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 East Liberty Street, Milford on Wednesday, July 30th at 12 pm.

Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, July 29 from 4-8 pm.

In lieu of flowers, Lu wanted donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Au Sable Valley Animal Shelter in Grayling, MI.



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