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Lucile Gaines MacLennan
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • First Baptist Church of Charleston
    61 Church Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
    1 Billy Graham Parkway
    Charlotte, NC 28201

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“Your mother, grandmother, great grandmother didn´t know me, but I felt like I knew her! I read her story in the "Decision" magazine. She was an...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Judy pankow - Other

“Dear Margaret and family, Blount and I just heard about Lucille. I am so sorry to hear this but your Mother lived a long and incredible life. She was...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Joanne Ellison - Mount Pleasant, SC

“What a blessing she was in my life. I'm sorry I didn't find out until yesterday afternoon. She always talked about her husband, and I'm sure they are...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: David Livingston - Charleston, SC

“Mrs. Lucile McLennan was a bright light that loved her Dentist and staff. She would enter the office and announce her arrival and go room to room to...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Cathy Power Hudson - Friend

“Had I know of sweet Lucile's death, I would have come to Charleston! Lucile was my mother's life long best friend. I believe Lucile told me that her...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Marshall Foster - Columbia, SC

“I am glad to have known Her I will miss You Mrs. Lucile . ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Mayra

“I worked as Mrs. MacLennan's pest control person for many years. I admired her quick wit and attention to details. She always kept me on my toes. I...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Don Ellisor - Work

“My condolences to the family enjoyed her visits to Wal-Mart in the garden center taught us a lot will be miss such a very sweet lady . ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Jeanette Clark Wal-mart - Friend

“When Jackson (Hamrick) was born, Lucile was the first visitor at our home. Fitz and I were so happy that she came over to see him. He was sleeping,...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Monica Hamrick - Asheville, NC

“We will miss her! She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Love and prayers to the family. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Elaine Boggs - Friend

“Miss Lucile was one of the most remarkable and unique persons I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She was well into her 90's when I met her. I...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Mark McIntosh - Peachtree Corners, GA

“I arise up and call Lucile blessed. She exemplified the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31:30, "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Ann Robeson

“Lucile was a truly amazing lady. My wife Erwin and I were privileged to have known her as neighbor and friend. Charleston has lost a shining light,...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Howell Morrison - Charleston, SC


Lucile Talmadge Gaines MacLennan, 101, died peacefully at her home in Charleston, South Carolina on November 29, 2021.

Lucile was born on July 30, 1920 and was the daughter of Dr. Thomas Rucker Gaines and Lucile Roberts Talmadge Gaines. She was preceded in death by her husband, Murdock MacKenzie MacLennan and her sister Gloria Gaines Klugh.

Lucile grew up in Anderson, South Carolina where she graduated from Girls High. She received a BA in French from Agnes Scott College and taught high school prior to her marriage in 1945.

Lucile was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church of Charleston for 55 years and taught Sunday School for 41 consecutive years.

A noted gardener and horticulturist, Lucile was a 50 year member of the Garden Club of Charleston, the Charleston Horticultural Society, the Andre' Michaux Society and the Native Plant Society. Her oft visited wildflower garden in The Crescent which had over 250 species of plants was her pride and joy. She was one of the first recipients of the Horticultural Society's 1830 award, and Mayor John Tecklenberg recognized April 12 as "Lucile MacLennan" day. A scholarship for Horticultural Studies at Trident Technical College was established in her honor. This year on her 101st birthday, she received the Order of the Palmetto, the state of South Carolina's highest civilian honor.

In addition to her many contributions to horticulture, Lucile served on the Charleston Association for the Blind and was a member of the Century Club and the Laura Bragg book club.

She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Thomas Gaines MacLennan and Jane Gilliland MacLennan; daughter and son in law, Margaret MacLennan Barron and Thomas Willis Barron; grandchildren: Catharine Barron Pope (Cooper), Thomas Willis Barron, Jr. (Kristin), John Taliaferro Gaines Barron (Jennifer), Thomas Gaines MacLennan, Jr. (Cameron), Pierce Talmadge MacLennan (Jenna), John Banks MacLennan; 10 great-grandchildren; and niece, Lucile Talmadge Klugh Pidgeon (Philip).

Family will receive visitors Wednesday, December 1, 2021 in First Baptist Church of Charleston, 48 Meeting Street at 1:00 p.m. The celebration of her life will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the church. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Water Mission International, P. O. Box 63320, Charlotte, NC 28263; First Baptist Church, 61 Church Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401; The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201.