Born in Macon, Ga., Kitti Ruth Macy was a true Southern lady, her husband Larry Macy said.
“She was soft spoken but she was always friendly to everybody,” he said. “I think that is the way I will always remember her.”
Macy, 68, of Valparaiso, was extremely active in the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 502 in South Haven where she held many offices and was a past unit president. Macy also served as Indiana’s 2nd District Legion Auxiliary president.
“She was very supportive of veterans rights,” Larry Macy said.
After their four children were grown, Larry Macy said, his wife became bored.
“I was a member of the American Legion and said ‘Why don’t you get involved in the women’s auxiliary?’” Larry Macy said. “I had no idea she would take it so seriously.”
The past 12 to 14 years, the couple traveled to every national American Legion convention, visiting many states including Hawaii.
“She made a comment one time that since we started going to the national conventions she had been to more places she ever dreamed of going to and met more people than she ever dreamed of meeting,” Larry Macy said. “Everybody liked her. She oozed that Southern charm and touched everybody’s lives.”
Married 35 years, the couple met while he was in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., and working part time as a bartender.
Macy said she came into the bar with a friend who knew him and a month later they started dating. Larry Macy finished his tour of duty in January 1978 and the couple married that April.
Macy also enjoyed gardening and decorating their home.
Larry Macy said he will miss his wife’s smile and the way she kept him balanced.