Lillian Mackin

Lillian Marie Mackin, West Scranton, passed away on Easter Sunday in the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center after an illness.  She was the wife of Cletus T. Mackin who died in 1998.

Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on February 2, 1934, Lillian was the daughter of the late Russell and Eleanor McLaughlin Montcalm. She attended Holyoke schools and was a United States Air Force veteran. During her service to our country, Lillian met her husband, who was also serving in the United States Air Force, and they were married in England. After their service to our country, they built their life together in Scranton where they raised five children. Lillian was a member of St. Ann Basilica, West Scranton.

Surviving are three children, her daughter Mary Kim Courtright and husband William of Scranton; son Michael Mackin of Massachusetts; son James and wife Sandra of Taylor;  daughters-in-law Ann Marie Mackin of Dunmore and Debbie Mackin of Scranton; her grandchildren Attorney William Courtright and wife Jennifer, Dr. Patrick Courtright and wife Dr. Jenni Xu, Lindsey Jones and husband Matthew;  Cody Mackin and Ashley Selige and husband Stephen;  Thomas Mackin and Jennifer Joseph and husband John; Kelsey Kiehlmeier and husband Jake and Paul James;  six great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Thomas C. Mackin in 2002 and Paul J. Mackin in 2014 and a brother, James Montcalm.

Due to the current health crisis, services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gino J. Merli Veteran Center Resident Activity Fund 401 Penn Ave. Scranton, PA 18503

Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton.

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  1. The Genell Family

    Very very sorry to you all. Especially our neighbors James, Sandra, Cody, and Ashley

    • Durkin

      Lil was a beautiful person. Always so sweet and kind to our family. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

      Marty, Donna, Jimmy, & Brett Durkin

  2. Richard English & Family

    Jimmy &Sandy We are so sorry to hear about your Mom ! She was a great mother and the sweetest lady! Many good memories of her with all of us growing up !’ Our hearts and prayers are with you all ! If you need anything please let us know. Love you guys!! Love the English Family,,, Please be safe during these crazy times… 🙏🙏🙏

  3. Kathy Banston

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Cletus and Lil were wonderful friends to my parents. Please accept my deepest sympathies. Kathy Vanston and Family

  4. Janice M Gavern

    I was so sorry to hear of the death of Lillian Mackin. As an Air Force veteran myself, I had met her at the teas I sponsored at Gino Merli to honor women veterans. I enjoyed talking to her. I will continue in my efforts to have her military service, and the service of all of the women veterans there, remembered and honored at the Womens Memorial in Washington, DC. My deepest sympathy to her family for their loss. I wish I could attend her funeral to honor her, but that is not possible in these times. Janice Gavern, Vice Chairwoman, Women Veterans Committee, Pennsylvania American Legion

  5. Karen Evan's Lotz

    Dear Kim and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. God bless your family. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  6. John F. Judge (Annapolis, MD)

    I have so many great memories to recall with Lil, Clete, and my parents as a kid. Lil was such a kind, gentle, and lovely lady. I will never forget her warm smile and laughter. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with Mackins during this sad time.

  7. The Walsh Family

    Condolences to The Mackin Family. Lil was a great Lady. So many fond memory’s at the Family Homestead at 1204-1206 Bryn Mawr St. Irish Heaven will welcome you with open arms. Butchy and Wanda will be serving up the high balls.

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