Harriette McCluggage

Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Former Juneau resident Harriette McCluggage, 97, died Jan. 21, 2004, in Missoula, Mont.

She was born on a Kansas farm on Aug. 12, 1906, the only child of Frank and Grace Jones. She grew up in Kansas and Oklahoma, graduating from Friends University in Wichita, Kan., in 1928. She married Randolph McCluggage, a Presbyterian minister, in 1931. For the next 57 years she was the "preacher's wife" in small towns throughout the country. During the 1940s, the couple held church services in tiny communities scattered over many square miles of the Four Corners area. In 1950, the couple moved to Alaska and organized and built the Chapel-by-the-Lake in Auke Bay. After leaving Alaska in 1961, they spent the next 16 years serving small communities where the Presbyterian church had no full-time pastor. She eventually lived in 11 different states, from Maine to Alaska, and from New York to New Mexico. She moved to Montana in 2000 to be near her daughter, Mary Lynne Swick.

In addition to being the preacher's wife, she also was a radio announcer in Sitka, a school teacher in several small towns in Colorado and a librarian in Juneau.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph McCluggage, in 1988.

She is survived by daughters, Margaret (Paul) Smith of Fort Collins, Colo., Mary (Herbert) Lynne Swick of Missoula, Mont.; son Dennis (Brenda) McCluggage of Juneau; five granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Aztec Presbyterian Church in Aztec, N.M., with graveside services to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites those who wish to remember Harriette McCluggage to make donations in her name to the Montana Talking Book Library, 1515 E. Sixth Ave., P.O. Box 201800, Helena, MT 59620; to their regional Talking Book Library or their favorite charity.

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