Nov. 27, 1923 — Jan. 4, 2017
Lucille went to be with the Lord on January 4, 2017. She was born to O. Howard Lucy and Sadie A. Schumacher, Nov. 27, 1923, in Placentia, California. In 1927 the family moved to Montebello, California, then in 1940, they moved to north Whittier Heights. Dutifully, Lucy’s father drove her back to her high school in Montebello in order for her to graduate with her peers. During the summer, she and her friend Mildred Conrow, spent the summer at Big Bear Lake working as drug store soda jerks. In the fall she was accepted and enrolled in University of Southern California (USC). As World War II raged, she worked at the Port of Embarkation in San Pedro, California. In 1945, she graduated from USC, and subsequently earned her secondary education teaching credential. During the fall of 1946 she taught at Jordan High School, and later at Long Beach Polytechnic High. As a consummate learner, she returned to USC attending night school to earn her master’s degree in Counseling. She then found a position as a high school counselor at John Dewey Continuation High School followed by Lakewood High in Long Beach, California.
In 1950, she and a friend drove across the United States starting in Long Beach, California taking the southern route through the southwest and southern states spending a week each in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City. Later the duo attended Cornell University in upstate New York. Weekend excursions were made to interesting places such as Niagara Falls, and other famous points of interest. After their classes ended, they visited her uncle and cousins in Boston, then drove into Canada where they toured Quebec, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. They then sojourned through Wisconsin, through Chicago, Illinois, and eventually back to Long Beach, California where they returned to their respective professions.
In October 1956, Lucy met the love of her life, Clarence Newton “Newt” as his friends called him. They were subsequently married the following February 1957, and lived in Fullerton, California. The following year, they moved to Whittier, California where in 1959, they were blessed with their daughter Lisa Anne Taggart.
In 1960 Newt, an FBI Special Agent, moved the family to Merced, California where he was resident agent. In 1964 they were again blessed with the birth of their son, Todd Edward Newton. In 1966, the FBI was looking to formalize the establishment of the Sacramento Field Office, and Newt was transferred yet again.
In Sacramento, California Lucy quickly established herself as a counselor at American Legion Continuation High School. It was during this time Lucy with her tenacity and determination, established one of California’s first programs for new mothers who had yet to finish their high school education. This program also addressed many other social issues and special needs of her students who learned not just to survive but receive an education and flourish.
During this period, Lucy always looking to improve her professional knowledge, attended many new studies in Psychology, and Adolescent Behaviors at both Sacramento State University and University of California – Davis.
In 1975, Lucy was excited to increase her effectiveness in her profession and became a counselor at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento.
In 1974 Newt retired from the FBI, and was recruited for an executive staff position with then, Governor Ronald Reagan.
In 1980 both Lucy and Newt retired and moved to Corvallis. Always learning and growing Lucy enrolled in classes in Albany and Newport to learn more about art and her media was initially Chinese art brush painting and later she found her niche with oils.
In 2001, Newt passed away, and she took much pleasure in writing two mystery novellas based on her experiences in Sacramento and being married to an FBI Special Agent.
She was very active in a myriad of groups over the years and volunteered at Good Samaritan neo-natal ward; FISH; AAUW, Alpha Delta Pi Alums; and PEO, Chapter CL.
She spent many enjoyable years at Osborn Aquatic Center in water aerobics. She wanted every one of her and Newt’s friends to know their years together were some of the most precious to her. Especially their bridge groups where they were highly competitive with other bridge groups and participated in many marathons. They both loved OSU Basketball, and travelled with the team during the leadership of Ralph Miller.
Lucy and Newt enjoyed traveling the world together with friends and visited countless countries.
Lucy leaves her loving family: daughter Lisa and husband Phil Taggart of Eugene, their children Tyler and his wife Helen; Connor and his wife Ashley, and their youngest, Sophie. Her son Todd Newton and his son Joshua; 2nd mother to Allen Newton and family of Loomis, California and Ronti Jernigan and family of Holland, Michigan.
There will be a private family burial this week and a celebration of life will be held in her honor later this spring.
Contributions in her memory may be given to Chapter CL, Marguerite Scholarship, Suburban Christian Church in Corvallis or Newberg or Oregon Young Life.