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9/1/2013 6:10:00 PM
Josephine MacLean
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Josephine Joy MacLean of Harbor Springs, Mich. died peacefully at home Thursday, August 29, surrounded by her loving family.

Josie was born in New York City on March 24, 1942, the daughter of William Moore Joy, a nephew of Henry B. Joy of the Packard Motor Company, and Patricia Ford Schlotman, a great-granddaughter of Capt. John Baptiste Ford, considered the father of the plate glass industry in the United States.

Josie spent her junior year of high school in Switzerland while her family lived abroad, graduating from Kingswood School, Cranbrook, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She later attended the University of Michigan.

Her first job after college was as a hostess at the General Motors pavilion at the1964 New York World's Fair. Josie moved to Northern Michigan from Grosse Pointe in 1988 where she established a year-round home on Harbor Point, raised her boys, and started a successful clothing business.

Josie was passionate about the many organizations and charities that she worked with and the causes that she supported in and around her community, especially Planned Parenthood and The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Petoskey, where she also served as a first reader. She was a Christian Science practitioner, a victims' rights advocate, a mediator with Northern Community Mediation, and served as chairman of the Emmet County Democratic Committee.

A beautiful skier, at 18 Josie effortlessly tamed the dangerous Mer de Glace on the Mont Blanc massif as she would later make short work of the slopes at Big Sky and Nub's Nob. She was also a lovely tennis player, calm and graceful but fiercely competitive. She doted on her boys, loved her large family, was always generous with her many friends, and cut a colorful, elegant figure wherever she traveled. Joy was her middle name. She was as at home on the harbor (usually in her kayak) as she was in town; everyone knew Josie.

She had three sons from her 1966 marriage to the late Bruce H. MacLean. They are Bruce Hamilton MacLean, Jr., James Joy MacLean, and Christian Ford MacLean, all of Harbor Springs. She also had an incredible relationship with her nine siblings.

Those who had the privilege of knowing Josie knew that she had a very caring, loving disposition, filled with joy and was always willing to help others. All of her actions were motivated by her generosity and thoughtfulness.

The family is extremely grateful to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, Harbor Health Associates, and for all the kind words, thoughts, and cards from dear friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan or The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society.

A celebration of Josie's life will take place at a later date.



I am standing by the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.



Then someone at my side says, 'There she goes!' Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all.



She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the places of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her.



And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
'There she goes! ' there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout:
'Here she comes!'



~ Henry van Dyke

Arrangements were made through Schiller Funeral Home. Online condolences and shared memories may be made atwww.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.




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