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

Service Location

Alabaster Bible Church ~ Alabaster Township, Michigan


Saturday, July 3, 2021
11:00 AM

Obituary Notice

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.


I am so sorry to hear of Rae's passing. She was always so friendly and kind. I will miss seeing her around town and although we we not close, she always had a happy hello for me. Linda Hicks
— Linda Hicks
This is a wonderful tribute to our friend and sister in the Lord. She will be missed, but we have great stories of her adventures and generosity she called, “life” in our minds. We’ll be praying for comfort for each of her children. Love to them all, Jerry and Kay Johnson
— Jerry and Kay Johnson
So very sorry to hear of Rae's passing,,,,,such a nice sweet lady,,,,,always ready to help people ,,,,,R,I,P, dear lady
— Patti Whitford
I am sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. She was a kind hearted women, with a loving smile. Prayers for the family.
— Cheri Porter
So sorry to hear of Rae’s passing. Knew her well from the Tawas Senior Center. Would see her at the Concert in the park. She always had a smile and a Hello every time I saw her. Tawas has lost a wonderful woman. May GOD bless her family. We who knew Rae will miss her dearly.
— Gary Luyben
Rachel was one of the most amazing women I ever met. She was our neighbor and my oldest daughter especially bonded with Rachel and loved going over to talk with her, read to her and just spend time with her. Just a few months ago, my youngest daughter got sick. Rachel was there offering to babysit my sons if needed. Help with rides to school if needed even! She was 89 years old and ready to help me with my kids!! It shows the heart she had. I know she impacted my kids life and mine. I wanna be like Rachel. I want to be 89 and still reaching to help others. ❤️ Thank you Rachel, for touching our lives.
— KC Kellar and Family
I am sorry to hear of your passing, you will be missed. It has been a great pleasure to hear you play and enjoy yourself at the beach and in the schools. My prayers are with the family in their time of grief.
— Betty Griffin (BJ)
So sorry for your loss. Rae was a gracious lady. My Mother thought a lot of her. I lost my mother last year and know what you are going through. It is a blessing to know she was a Christian. Her smiles were contagious. Awesome DAR friend
— Kathleen Ann Nemyer
I have had the privilege of working with Rae for many years on the Board of Canvassers. She was knowledgable, gracious, and a pleasure to work with. I will miss her.

— Patti Casey
my deepest heartfelt condolences and love to the entire family...Godspeed and peace in mind
— Frank Mahon
Rae was one of a kind. A resource, a support, a guide and a hug when it was needed. A true lady. I am privileged to call her friend and DAR sister. She is very truly missed.
— Jaye Martz
I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I cleaned their Tawas home back in 2002 when I lived in Tawas. What a beautiful couple they were. I will see them again some day. Prayer's for comfort to the family. Brenda Shurter Lahti
— Brenda Lahti
I have only known Rae a short time, through DAR, after transplanting to MI in 2013. She was always willing to answer any questions. She was extremely knowledgeable about all things patriotic. I loved her Americanism short quizzes.
My husband Pat played with Rae in the Tawas Community Band. She loved music and her horn! We both will miss her!!!
— Deborah Hentschell
Rae was a wonderful and beautiful lady. I had the honor to have worked with her and knowing her. Rest in peace Rae
— Susan Simpson
Sorry for your loss, hugs n prayers
— John &Gail Rowbottom
We have known Rae for many years & always felt that she was a good friend. I worked with her for many years on school elections & learned so much from her. I was very honored when she recommended me to take over chairmanship when she decided to retire from that important job. She was so very knowledgeable & continued to be there whenever I had a question. Rae will be missed in our community by all who knew, loved & respected her. God be with all of her family.
— Cheryl & Dennis Frank
It is with a sad heart that I read of Rae's passing. I will miss her Christmas letters and all the times she touched our lives. The Judge married Bob and I at our home on the AuSable in 1984. They celebrated with us and then in 1987 he precided over the adoption of three of our children. Again we celebrated together. We have kept in touch even after our move from Oscoda. We were so blessed to have them visit us in Bremen some years past. A lovely visit with lovely people. What a remarkable couple and what a remarkable woman Rae was here on earth. Surely she was among the most amazing people I have every met. God bless her and be with all of you during this difficult time. Love, Rose, Bob Shoemaker Family
— Bob and Rose Shoemaker
So sorry for your loss. Rachel left such an impact on those who knew her. She was an exceptional lady with a gentle no-nonsense approach. She was generous, kind, humorous, and lived her faith. She will be missed. Praying for you all - that you may find peace and comfort in our Lord's strength.
— Sheila Malewska
I was waiting for the pandemic restrictions to lift to get hold of your Mom. I am shocked and saddened to find she has passed. I always loved talking with her (and your Dad). My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
— Renee Keller

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