Lillian Allen McLenaghan
April 29, 1920 – November 4, 2020
Lillian Allen McLenaghan (Campbell), wife of the late Raymond F. McLenaghan of Napan, peacefully passed away at the Miramichi Regional Hospital on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at the age of 100, surrounded by family.
Born in Chipman, NB on April 29, 1920, she was the chosen daughter of the late Charles and Hannah Perley (Gilliss) Campbell. "Lily" (as she loved to be called) arrived in Napan at the tender age of three, following the death of her mother, Mary Isabel Allen (Laskey). Lily was adopted by a caring and devoted Christian family who set the example for Lillian, who would herself become a mother who was always there for her family. She was a Homemaker who loved her family more than life itself and her magic was making Home a place we wanted to be.
Despite being a busy mother of seven children, Lillian was also a business partner with her husband Raymond, and together they successfully owned and operated R.F. McLenaghan & Sons Ltd. She was a member of St. Andrew’s United Church, a life member of the UCW, a Sunday School Teacher for many years, and was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #3 Ladies Auxiliary. She was kind and giving and always put others before herself. A "Christian Soldier" and "God's Helper" who often told people she didn't even know — "I Love You" for she loved all as children of God. We take such inspiration in her faith and her strength. Her motto was, "Fly Like a Bird" to maintain hope, to persevere, and with resilience start a new chapter. So, with this we say, "Soar like a bird in the sky beautiful lady". We love you!
Lillian is survived by her two daughters: Joan MacKnight-Savoy (Brian) and Bonnie Ramey (Dave) all of Miramichi; one son, Robert McLenaghan (Lottie) of Napan; ten grandchildren: Andrea, Rick, Jeff, Natalie, Kimberly, Christopher, Stacey, Mary L., Kelsey, and Amanda; eleven great-grandchildren: Dereck, Austin, Kennedy, Melissa, Dustin, Kaelan, Robert, Jonathan, Jace, Jove, and Alexis; one niece, Gale Campbell. She was predeceased by her parents; husband; two sons: Allen and Brian McLenaghan; two daughters: Karen Dunn and Mary McLenaghan; son-in-law, Richard MacKnight; one brother, Douglas Campbell; two sisters: Mary Edna Legasse, and Luella Olive Boyd.
A private visitation was held on November 9th, 2020 at Adams Funeral Home, 140 King St., Miramichi. A private funeral service immediately followed the visitation and was held at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by The Rev. Charlene Maguire MacKnight. Music for the service was provided by Susan Butler & Barb Somers. Musical selections included: “How Great Thou Art”, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, “All the Way My Saviour Leads Me”, and “Go Now in Peace”. The lighting of the Christ Candle and Memory Candle was by granddaughter, Kelsey McLenaghan-Chhuom, and great-grandsons: Jace and Jove Chhuom. Remembrances were expressed live from New Zealand via video conference by granddaughter, Andrea Dawson. Scriptures were read by daughter, Joan, and granddaughter, Kelsey. The Irish Blessing was jointly spoken by Kelsey, Jace, and Jove. Active pallbearers were: Keith Carter, Meak Chhuom, Grant Donnelly, Allison Furlotte, Brian Savoy, and Bud Shaw. Interment was held in the Black River Community Cemetery, Black River Bridge, NB.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Scleroderma Canada, Canadian Mental Health Association, Lupus Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick, or a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.
The family would like to thank all those who have been so kind to Lillian throughout the years, including those who visited and made special phone calls. This was very meaningful to Lillian and to the family. We would also like to thank the staff at the Miramichi Regional Hospital for the compassionate care Lillian received. Thank you to all at Adams Funeral Home for such expert professionalism, including Meak for his tech support in bringing the entire family together from across the world and for making us feel together in one room. The family expresses much gratitude to Lylla Adams for being such a special caregiver, and a friend. This contributed to allowing Lillian to remain in her own home at the age of 100 and maintain her independence. It is said that kindness is LOVE made visible.
Arrangements were entrusted to Adams Funeral Home Ltd., 140 King St., Miramichi, telephone (506) 773-3492 or messages of condolence may be sent online to www.adamsfh.ca
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