|Name||Phyllis Holden Dole Buzick Macey|
, Kansas , United States
|| January 10, 1925
|Died||April 22, 2008
|Last Modifed||Thomas Walker|
Jul 29, 2008 01:14pm
|Info||Phyllis Holden Macey, 83, an artist, physical therapy consultant and former Fairfax County resident, died of renal failure April 22 at Pine Rock Manor assisted living facility in Warner, N.H. |
Mrs. Macey came to Washington from Kansas in 1960 with her first husband, former Republican senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, as he began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. They settled in Fairfax County's Lake Bancroft community.
She was active in the Congressional Club, a social group for spouses of members of Congress. When she and Dole divorced in 1972 after more than 24 years of marriage, the rules were changed to allow her to continue as a club member.
The First Ladies Luncheon was one of her favorite endeavors in Washington, said her daughter, Robin Dole. "She was a great hostess and loved entertaining family and friends in her home," she said.
Mrs. Macey was born in Rochester, N.H. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in occupational therapy. After college, she worked as an occupational therapist in the psychiatric ward of what is now the Percy Jones Army Medical Center in Battle Creek, Mich.
She met Dole, then an Army lieutenant, at an officers club party at the hospital in spring 1948. They married three months later. She helped him cope with his World War II wounds, and when he returned to college, she went to class and took notes for him.
She eventually put her career on hold as Dole began his political career. After the divorce, she returned to Kansas and worked in the physical therapy field as a consultant. She served on the Kansas Judiciary Board and was active in the annual Kansas Day celebration.
Mrs. Macey, a woman of many talents, "was always involved in a project, helping others, chairing a committee or creating beautiful portraits, theorem paintings, folk art or cross-stitched sweat shirts," Dole said.
She opened an antiques shop in Sylvan Grove, Kan., and continued her interest in art, antiques and folk art throughout her life.
She married Lou Buzick, a rancher, in 1972. He died in 1977.
Over the years, she lived in Topeka, Sylvan Grove and Russell, Kan., and in Tucson. She spent many summers in Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. She lived in Bow and Warner, N.H., for the past three years.
In 1986, she married Benjamin A. Macey, her high school sweetheart. He lives in Bow.
In addition to her daughter from her first marriage, of Fairfax County, and her husband, survivors include seven stepchildren, Gail Ackley of Tulsa, Okla., Holly Reeder of New Market, N.H., Ellen Fioretti of Henniker, N.H., Lee Macey of Palm Springs, Calif., Sara Macey of Canterbury, N.H., and Diane Wright and Lauren Williams of Wichita, Kan.; and a sister.