1931 – 2019
Woodstock – Lucille B. McKay, 87, formerly of Butts Rd. and Fabyan-Woodstock Rd., died Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Westview Healthcare Center in Dayville. She was the loving wife of the late James V. McKay. Born in Ware, MA, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Laura (Boucher) LaCoste.
Known to many as Lou, she was an avid reader with a love for suspense novels and works by Stephen King and John Grisham. She was a master of crossword puzzles and a fierce card player, particularly skilled in Bridge and Pitch. She enjoyed gardening and sewing projects, boating and travel; and she could pronounce Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg without hesitation. She loved time with family and friends, often relaxing with a Spicy Bloody Mary or Margarita in hand. Even at 87, Lou remained young at heart and could be counted on for a sassy remark or expression to brighten up any room.
In her younger years, Lucille was a waitress and cook at Treasure Island in Webster, MA. She also worked at the Continental Restaurant in Quinebaug, waitressed at Don’s Drive-In in Thompson, was the assistant manager at the Tip Top Hotel, and was a beekeeper at the New Boston Cemetery in Thompson.
Lucille is survived by her grandchildren, Rebecca L. Desjardins and Kevin J. McKay; great-grandchildren, Lily, Brook, and Chevy; and several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her beloved daughters, Karen L. Desjardins and Cindy A. McKay; and her brothers, Charles LaCoste and Aime LaCoste.
A private burial and celebration of life will be planned for family and close friends. If so moved, memorial gifts may be made to the Westview Recreation Fund/ Lucille McKay, c/o Westview Healthcare, 150 Ware Road, Dayville, CT 06241. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook, visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.