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Myra MacInnis

1898 - 1992



Myra L. MacInnis, 94, Marquardt Manor, formerly of 102 Tivoli Drive, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1992 at Marquardt Manor due to infirmities of old age.


Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church with the Rev. Frank E. Thompson and the Rev. Donald MacInnis, nephew of the deceased, officiating.  Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe.


Friends may call at the church Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials, if desired, are suggested for the Myra MacInnis Scholarship Fund or the Watertown Historical Society.


The Pederson Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements.


She was born March 21, 1898 in Appleton, daughter of the Rev. George and Millie (Lueck) MacInnis.  While growing up, she lived in Gillette, Sussex, Lyons, Edgerton, Beaver Dam and Oshkosh.  She was a graduate of Beaver Dam High School and graduated from Lawrence College in 1920 with a degree in history.  She taught in Waupaca for two years, Rhinelander for three years and Wisconsin Rapids for one year before coming to Watertown.


She taught world history at Watertown High School from 1926 to 1964.  She taught at Watertown High School for 38 years and was a teacher for a total of 44 years.  She earned a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


She participated in many cultural and service organizations in the city.  


She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church which was the main focus of her volunteer service.  A scholarship fund was established in her name at Christ United Methodist Church in 1988 for the benefit of church members pursuing an education in a church-related profession. She was a lifetime member of the Watertown League of Women Voters and was also a member of American Association of University Women and the Watertown Historical Society where she formerly served as membership chairman and board member.


She had been a lifeguard at the Watertown swimming pool, Watertown Memorial Hospital Auxiliary volunteer, founding member of the former Watertown Curtain Club, member of the Saturday Club, a 4-H leader, YWCA and Methodist camp counselor, and was faculty adviser for years for the Watertown High School yearbook.


She was a Methodist church youth counselor for 30 years, retiring in 1962.


Known as "Miss Mac" or "Mac," she was honored many times over the years for her community service.  She received the Watertown Kiwanis Achievement Award in 1959. She was honored for her community involvement in 1986 when the Main Street bridge was named after her for one year and she was honored in the River Days parade.


Survivors include one niece, Joanne MacInnis, Irvine, Calif.; two nephews, Rev. Donald (Helen) MacInnis, Brunswick, Maine, and Dr. Douglas MacInnis, Encino, Calif.; and cousins, other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Earl.




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