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Diane M. Macrae
May 30, 1934 ~ December 6, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Diane McClenney Macrae passed away peacefully on December 6, 2023. Born May 30, 1934, in Norfolk, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Waverly Paul and Marie McClenney. She is predeceased by her sister Jacqueline (McClenney) Hamilton. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Jim Macrae of Olney, Maryland. She is also survived by her son Jim and his wife Ann as well as her two grandchildren Mary and Paul.
Diane grew up in a warm and loving family surrounded by her father, mother, sister, and grandmother. For the first ten years of her life, she lived on a farm just outside the city of Norfolk with chickens, ducks, rabbits, a goat named Snowball, her beloved dog Pat, cats, and other animals. She graduated from Granby High School in Norfolk and later received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University. She practiced public health nursing and served as a faculty member at the school.
During this time, Diane met her husband Jim in Baltimore, Maryland, and they were married two years later at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. They moved to New York City where Diane taught courses at Wagner College. They later moved to New Jersey, where Jim and Diane had their son Jim. In 1968, they moved to Dallas, Texas and in 1970, they moved to Saint Louis, Missouri where they lived for more than 30 years.
Diane, always a spiritual person, became actively involved in improving the quality of spiritual life in her community. She held weekly study groups in her home, and with Bishop William Jones, helped form the Lichtenberger Society in 1979 that sponsored spiritual retreats throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. From her love of books, she organized the first library for the Lichtenberger Society, selecting, purchasing, carding and cataloguing thousands of books.
In the late 1970’s, Diane also attended the Eden Seminary, became an intern in a Clinical Pastoral Education program, and completed a Hospice volunteer program. She then decided to enter a master’s program at Saint Louis University in her late forties and received her Master of Arts in Religious Studies at the young age of 52. She became a chaplain at Saint Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis and served for several years until she and Jim retired to Miramar Beach, Florida where they enjoyed many years of travel, new friendships, and living near the water. For the past year, they have lived at Cadence in Olney, Maryland to be closer to Jim, Ann, Mary, and Paul.
Throughout her life, Diane’s ever-present smile, spiritual presence, and loving approach to family, friends, and strangers has made a difference in so many people’s lives.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 8, 2024, at 11am at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3427 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney, MD 20832.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Diane’s memory to the Manna Food Center (mannafood.org).