Members of the Daughters of Macomb march through downtown Mount Clemens during their 15th annual gathering on Aug. 2.

Members of the Daughters of Macomb march through downtown Mount Clemens during their 15th annual gathering on Aug. 2.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Daughters of Macomb celebrate milestone

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 10, 2018

 Margaret Mikelait Hudson, 93, was named the 2018 Grand DOM during the group’s annual gathering.

Margaret Mikelait Hudson, 93, was named the 2018 Grand DOM during the group’s annual gathering.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

MOUNT CLEMENS — The nearly 200 members of the Daughters of Macomb gathered together for the organization’s 15th summer on Aug. 2 in downtown Mount Clemens.

Celebrating fun, friendship and their hometown of Macomb County, the social group soaked up the hot sun while catching up.

Nancy Dedenbach, Daughters of Macomb president and founder, said the gathering is always great fun.

“It’s going great,” she said. “Everyone is having a great time.”

Treasurer Jennifer Smith said the purpose of the group is simple.

“We’re a social organization that facilitates relationships among the women of Macomb County,” she said.

Dedenbach spawned the group from the Macomb County men’s organization The Old Crowd.

To be a member of the Daughters of Macomb, members must be at least 30 years old and have lived in or once lived in Macomb County for a minimum of 25 years.

The day started with a parade through downtown Mount Clemens, starting and ending at Madison’s Pub. Inside the popular local venue, members were treated to psychics, a masseuse, a euchre tournament, some frozen treats to cool off with, and live music. They also enjoyed a bit of shopping, thanks to a traveling showroom.

Each year, the group elects a Grand DOM.

This year’s Grand DOM, Margaret Mikelait Hudson, 93, is a fifth-generation resident of Macomb County.

Hudson was born in 1925 at St. Joseph Hospital in Mount Clemens to Charles and Nellie Nunneley Mikelait.

She grew up at the family’s home on Moser Place in Mount Clemens and graduated in 1943 from Mount Clemens High School, where she was voted most likely to succeed. She later lived on Roseview Boulevard and North Christine Circle, and worked as a court clerk for the 41-B District Court. Hudson is also a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church in Mount Clemens, and she has four children: Jim, Christine, Robert and Julie.

Hudson currently resides in Clinton Township.

“I lived in Virginia for a short time, but wanted to come home,” said Hudson. “I lived here all my life and my family is here. I just really like it here.”

Hudson said being elected the 2018 Grand Dom is a great compliment.

“It’s wonderful,” she said. “I was surprised and thrilled. I will represent Macomb County the best I can.”

To get involved in the Daughters of Macomb or to learn more, visit daughtersofmacomb.com.