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Lynne Louise Macias
05/18/1957 — 12/21/2023
From West Richland, Washington | Born in Marshall, Minnesota
Celebration of Life
Richland, WA 99352
Lynne Louise Macias
Lynne Louise Macias- Daughter, Wife, Mother
Lynne Louise Macias passed away peacefully on December 21, 2023 due to complications with ovarian cancer at the age of 66 in Kennewick, Washington. Lynne is survived by her mother, Mary-Ann Wetherbee, her husband, Henry, and her sons, Mark, Jim, and Lou. She is preceded in death by father, James Wetherbee and her sister, Susan Goodeaux.
Lynne was born in Marshall, Minnesota on May 18, 1957 to James and Mary-Ann Wetherbee. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors of Science degree in dental hygiene in 1979. On May 26, 1979 she married Henry, a baseball player and avid spaghetti eater from California. On October 28, 1986, July 12, 1988, and October 1, 1991, she welcomed her sons Mark, Jim and Lou, who became the best parts of her life. Lynne later returned to school at Heritage University in 1997 to obtain her teaching license. Lynne was a beloved teacher at various schools including Waterville Elementary (Waterville, Washington), Malian Elementary (Malian, Oregon), White Bluffs Elementary (Richland, Washington), and Sacajawea Elementary (Richland, Washington).
Lynne was a devoted mother, avid road cycle rider, persistent gardener, recreational swimmer and dog lover. On any given day above 50 degrees, Lynne could be found cycling the streets and bike paths around Richland, Washington with her husband. In the summers she enjoyed gardening in her raised garden beds and grew an abundance of cucumbers and blackberries. Outside of the garden, Lynne enjoyed spending the summer nights swimming laps, occasionally jumping off the diving board and watching the family dogs play in the pool she and Henry put in the backyard. Lynne was a dedicated teacher. Her passion for her profession could be seen and felt by her students and colleagues. She would consistently go the extra mile to ensure her students were getting the best education possible. Lynne will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.
Viewings are scheduled from 3:00-5:00pm on Thursday, December 28, 2023 and 3:00-5:00pm on Friday, December 29, 2023 and Sunset Gardens in Richland, Washington. A celebration of life is scheduled for 1:00pm on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at Sunset Gardens in Richland, Washington with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following charities:
Communities in Schools Benton Franklin: http://www.classy.org/campaign/cisbf-year-end-giving-campaign/c448153
Pet Overpopulation Prevention (POPP): http://www.popptricities.org/
Chaplaincy Hospice: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E349096&id=15
I was so sorry to hear of Lynne’s passing. Lynne and I became friends in 1977 when we started Dental Hygiene school at Univ. of Iowa. We studied together, looked at millions of slides for our Histology tests and grossed out other diners sharing putrid mouth stories over supper. She was full of life and smiles and encouraged me to not give up when studies were most stressful. Though we lost touch with one another over the years, she will always be considered a good friend. My prayers are with the family, for comfort and peace.
Lynne was a special individual. We worked together at Sacajawea Elementary for close to five years before I retired. Then, she allowed me to volunteer in her classroom for a number of years after that. She was the only teacher I was willing to volunteer for because she was an excellent teacher, and had such love for her students. My heart goes out to Henry, Mark, Jim and Lou. God Bless you all.
Lynne was such a wonderful person. I taught with her at Malin Elementary. She taught my daughter, Lizzie, in first grade. She was so proud of her family and loved you all so much. I am so tremendously sorry for your loss. You have wonderful memories of her to cherish. You are all in my prayers.
Sending you my condolences. Lynne and I started working as dental hygienist at the same time in San Diego. We had the same passions, that of children’s dental health and strong families.
Lynne convinced to join the SMILES program, which both of us adored. Visiting classroom and passing out toothbrushes. She and I also really enjoyed writing the script of the lessons we would give. We also both worked together at Dr. Wehrle’s office in San Diego.
I know from her yearly letters she was so happy and proud of the family she and Henry had and I wish you many wonderful thoughts of the love she has left behind.
Rest in Peace sweet Lynne. You lived a life that changed lives.
Lynne I will miss you so much! We all had so much “ cousin” fun throughout the years and fun getting together from time to time with all our kiddos. We loved talking and laughing together as we sure were the most talkative of the bunch! You had a valiant fight to this terrible cancer and I hope your family has some peace now, though your smiles love and laughter will be so missed! Blessing to Henry and the boys, Aunt Mary Ann and Bob. We are are thinking of you all at this time.
Love to you all,
Amy and Gary Tridgell
Scott, Ashley and Brian
You were full of a positive energy I can only hope to emulate. Your positive outlook, willingness to chat for extended periods, your gift for taking a genuine interest in all of our lives, and loving my babies as if they were your own grandchildren will be greatly missed. I am ever so grateful to have called you my aunt. I cherish the memories we had when we lived close in Washington. I loved our shared experiences as educators too. You will always be remembered and I know you’ve reunited with Grandpa Jim and your Sister Susan. My love and big hugs are traveling across the ocean to Uncle Henry, Mark, Jim, Robin, Lou, and the pups.
Lynne was such a dear friend to me. We met during a training before we both started in the Richland school district and became fast friends. We would spend hours getting tea together and shopping for our fine motor drawers. She was such a caring friend and a big cheerleader to me when I adopted my son. Her passion for teaching inspired me and I love that she called teaching her hobby because she loved it so much. She will be dearly missed, I loved her so.
Lynne touched the heart of so many, including me. I loved teaching across the hall from her for so many years. She was spunky, fun and always made me laugh. Her positivity and devotion to her students was something to be admired and I will miss her dearly. Sending love to her Henry and her boys.
Lynne I will miss you dearly! It was so fun to work with you at White Bluffs! Love, Dani
What a gift Lynne was to me both working with her at Sacajawea and later volunteering in her 1st grade classroom. She truly loved her students and I always admired her patience and commitment to teaching. She adored Henry , enjoyed giving me “updates” about her boys, and always looked forward to their visits. I will miss her and her beautiful smile.
Lynne was such an inspiration to me as a teacher, friend, & colleague. She was always so positive & upbeat and tried to make learning fun and memorable for her kids. She was extremely supportive and always had words of encouragement on tough days. She holds a dear place in our family’s hearts. My love goes out to Henry & her boys. We all have an angel to watch over us.
Mrs. Macias was our first grade teacher. We remember that she had a frog themed classroom and called her green carpet area “the lily pad”. We made homemade butter in the classroom and then got to make and eat bread with the butter on it. She gave the best hugs. We loved having her as our first grade teacher.
We loved her and we will miss her very much.
-Sawyer Tinsley (age 14)
-Sage Tinsley (age 12)
Lynne was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. She touched the lives of her students and colleagues. Love to her family and friends.