Rachel Sue McCready
Tawas City, Michigan
December 5, 1931 - May 7, 2021
Alabaster Bible Church
Saturday, July 3, 2021
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Alabaster Bible Church ~ Alabaster Township, Michigan
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Rachel Sue McCready, age 89, passed away peacefully on May 7th, 2021, at her “hunting camp” outside Tawas City, and went home to Our Lord.
She was born December 5, 1931 in Sturgis, Michigan, the first child of Leigh Audland Rerick and Ruby Esther Shuman Rerick. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1949 and Michigan State College in 1953. The following year she attended the University College of Wales as a Rotary Foundation Fellow, traveling all of Great Britain and 12 countries on the continent in her year abroad.
It was at Michigan State that she met William H. McCready when she was a member of Tower Guard, a Sophomore Women’s Honorary society, whose main service project was reading to the blind students. That duty eventually become a love, and they were married August 26, 1954 on the TV program “Bride and Groom” in New York City.
While Bill attended University of Michigan Law School, Rae continued reading his class work to him and taught 4th grade at Eberwhite School in Ann Arbor for over three years. She earned her M.A. from U of M in 1958. They moved to Tawas City in 1958 where she taught 4th grade at East Tawas Elementary and 5th grade at Alabaster School, a part of the Tawas system. It was always a pleasure for her to meet and be greeted by her former students.
Rachel became a full time homemaker to raise her 4 children. She enjoyed sharing in their activities, such as leading a Girl Scout troop, sewing dance recital costumes, and attending band concerts, as well as bowling on the Wednesday afternoon league, attending Bible study, and delivering dinners to the homebound. Later, she worked as secretary in the Iosco County Prosecutor’s office, Register of Probate, Tawas City Clerk and as Acting City Manager, insurance clerk at a dentist’s office, and bookkeeper at a nursing home.
Rachel became interested in the Daughters of the American Revolution, joining on the basis of her ancestor, Joseph Hutton De Frees, and after serving as Regent of the River Aux Sables Chapter, she served four years as DAR of Michigan’s State Librarian. She was active in patriotic causes, and served as secretary, then treasurer, of Sunrise Side Republican Women’s Club, and the Iosco County Republican Executive Committee.
She was a Christian, worshipped weekly at Alabaster Bible Church, and attended Bible studies regularly. She loved participating in the Tawas Community Concert Band, playing French horn, and serving as treasurer for six years. She had been active in the Tawas Senior Center, serving as auditor for many years and as Chairperson.
She was predeceased by her husband, William H. on March 23, 2011, and by her parents. She is survived by her children: Linda of Indianapolis; Lois (Ron) Schneemann and grandchildren Heidi and Sam of Ft. Wayne, IN; Lt. Col. (Ret.) Keith (Suzy) of Burke, VA; and Kenneth of Loda, IL and granddaughter Xochitl Paez of Dallas, TX; also a sister, Eleanor Cary of Burr Oak, MI, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a future date and location to be announced. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307 or a charity of your choice.
Leader Dogs for the Blind
1039 S. Rochester Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
or a charity of your choice.