Marcie Raymond (October 09, 1953 - March 09, 2023)

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Marcie Raymond
  • October 09, 1953
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  • March 09, 2023

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Marcie Lynn Raymond, 69, of The Villages, FL, passed away on March 9, after a tough battle with ALS.  She is survived by her partner and the love of her life, Randy Losure; her only son, Kyle (Samantha) Raymond of Carbondale, CO; Kyle’s father, Ed Raymond of The Villages, and two beautiful granddaughters, Hazel Marie and Juniper Lynn, who were born just 6 days before Marcie’s death. Marcie met her goal of living until they were born so she could see them, albeit via FaceTime. Marcie was preceded in death by her parents, Woodward and Martha Klewer.

Marcie was one of the smartest people we know (umm, except for geography…). She attended Steinmetz College Prep, Class of 1971, in Chicago, IL.  After studying at Northern Illinois University, Marcie received her Masters in Special Education from National Louis University in Chicago. Always meant to be a teacher, she was a special education teacher for more than 30 years at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, IL, before retiring to The Villages, FL in 2008. She continued her love of education and children by mentoring for several years at The Villages Lady Lake Elementary school where the children, their teachers, and her co-workers all loved her.

Marcie had many interests and friendship circles in The Villages. In addition to mentoring, she loved crafting, particularly making jewelry which she sold and gave away to friends.  She was dedicated to maintaining her strong body so spent hours in the gym where she made many friends. She was part of a wonderful neighborhood group who spent many hours with her both before and during her illness.  She volunteered her time to the Daybreak Club where she helped people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, as well as to other groups. Marcie was always ready to help wherever her help was needed.

In 2010, Marcie became a member of The Village Sweeties Chapter of the national Sweet Potatoes Queen organization. This “sisterhood” resulted in numerous friendships for Marcie both in The Villages and other parts of the country as well as opportunities to help groups such as Forward Paths, Camp Boggy Creek, Wildwood Middle School, the DAV (Disabled Veterans of America), Honor Flight, and other miscellaneous activities including participation in all of The Villages parades.  As one of the earliest members of this local group, Marcie has indeed left a void.

With her beautiful smile, fun-loving spirit, and kind nature, Marcie made friends all over the world, both during her travels and elsewhere, and once you became Marcie’s friend, you were her friend forever.  She loved entertaining and made it her mission to gather people together at her home during the holidays if they didn’t have somewhere else to go. For this and all her other wonderful traits, she will be sorely missed, but know we are all toasting her on her new journey.

Special thanks go out to Marcie’s partner, Randy LosureAlthough Marcie wasn’t a big believer in God or the afterlife, it is believed He brought Randy to her at the time in her life, which unbeknownst to them, his love, perseverance, and assistance would be needed by Marcie and he took wonderful care of her until her death.

Thanks also go out to Deanna of Cornerstone Hospice, Marcie’s primary hospice nurse.  ALS is truly a horrible disease which incapacitates your body while leaving your brain intact.  Due to the difficulty in diagnosing this illness, Marcie suffered terribly and unnecessarily for over two years. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, etc., please consider donating to The National ALS Association at or to Cornerstone Hospice.


A Celebration of Life for Marcie will be announced later, depending on when the new twins can travel, as the Raymond family wants to be here from CO for this tribute to their wonderful “Grammy”.



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  1. Pat Lenckus says:
    20 Apr 2023
    I knew Marcie through Conant High School, where I worked
    as her teacher's aide for three years. She was always very nice and
    professional. We had some great conversations! She was always
    fun and down to Earth. I was sad to hear that she was ill for some time,
    and that she passed away. Glad to know that she was able to see her
    granddaughter's before she died. I will always have fond memories of
    the times that we spent together at work.
    Pat Lenckus

  2. Pat Lenckus says:
    20 Apr 2023
    I worked with Marcie at Conant High School many years ago. I was
    Marcie's teacher's aide. I worked with Marcie for three years. I really enjoyed
    working with her. She was always very professional and nice. We also
    had many good conversations. I was sad to hear of the news that she was
    ill and died. I will always have good memories of her, and the time
    that we spent together at work. Glad that she was able to see her grand
    daughters before she died. I remarried, so my last name is no longer Lenckus.
    Pat Theis

  3. JoAnn Rakoczy lit a candle:
    17 Mar 2023
    Lit since March 17, 2023 at 3:42:33 PM

  4. Dave and Pat Pendergast says:
    16 Mar 2023
    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Marcie. Her constant positivity will be missed.

  5. Dave and Pat Pendergast says:
    16 Mar 2023
    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Marcie. Her unending positivity was infectious. We will miss her.

  6. Dave and Pat Pendergast says:
    16 Mar 2023
    We are very saddened by the loss of Marcie. Her infectious positivity is something we’ll never be able to replace.

  7. Maureen Donehey says:
    16 Mar 2023
    Dear Kyle and family and friends of Marcie:

    She was a wonderful teacher and helper to our son Jack.
    Always so positive.
    We have only good memories of Marcie.

    Love, Maureen Donehey, Dennis Nykiel and Jack Donehey-Nykiel

  8. JOHN SELKE says:
    15 Mar 2023
    I am sad to hear of Marcie’s passing, and feel very lucky to have had Her Friendship in My life.
    John Selke

  9. Joanie Pardun says:
    15 Mar 2023
    I worked in the office at Conant High School when Marcie was a teacher there.
    I was so sad to hear of her passing and did not realize she was ill with ALS. The thing that stands out in my mind the most when I think of Marcie is her beautiful smile, her beautiful eyes, and her beautiful heart. She seemed to brighten the day even if it was dark and cloudy. I will keep Marcie and her family in my thoughts and in my prayers.
    I can only imagine how many lives Marcie has touched and made better with her caring and loving soul .
    Joanie Pardun ,
    Clerical staff
    Conant High School

  10. Mary Kay Albamonte says:
    15 Mar 2023
    Dear Kyle and Family, Marcie was such a wonderful person to work with and so much fun. She will be dearly missed by the Conant community. So, so sorry for your loss.

  11. Sally Melton says:
    15 Mar 2023
    Marcie and I first met at Village Elementary at Lady Lake about 12 years ago. As the years passed, we became friends outside of school as well. On our Wednesday mornings at school, Marcie's smile and attention to her munchkins made them smile the minute they looked to see that she was there. Marcie was one of the kindest people I have ever known. She was thinking of others until the end. I am so lucky to have her as a friend. I miss her but she will always be in my heart.

  12. Polly says:
    14 Mar 2023
    Such a happy, fun-loving, special woman. She will be missed by so many, but will remain forever in our hearts!

  13. Cathie Wanner Ernst says:
    13 Mar 2023
    Marcie was a very dear friend from High School and we stayed in touch. I left Illinois in 1983 and she left for Florida many years later. She was a friend I could talk to 4 times a year and always pick up where we left off. She visited California and we had a blast. At the time I left Dallas I had a dog but became a Cat Person and I forget how many times she said how is a cat better than a dog!!! Get a Dog!!! We could easily catch up on conversations if we didn't talk for months. She was a very good friend with so many insights to life and living and I admired her lifestyle there in Florida. It is a huge loss for us left here on earth.

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