Lucille Vivian Stanley, 74, of Cabool, Missouri, passed away on December 31, 2009 at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease and a short illness.
She was born on July 1, 1935 in Caldwell, Idaho, the daughter of Paul and Barbara (Butts) Freeman.
After the death of her mother, Barbara, the family remained in California until her father remarried Helen Summers and they returned to Missouri in 1946. She attended Cabool Schools, graduating with the class of 1953. After graduation, she went to live with her Aunt Clara in California. After a few months she returned home to Missouri and joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 18. Lucille was stationed at Paris Island, which she said was a “hell hole,” but being a farm gal, she survived (besides, she said, there was not a way off the island).
Soon after basic training she was stationed at Camp LeJune in North Carolina, where she met and married John Stanley. While serving there she was trained in data processing. After receiving her honorable discharge, she continued her career in St. Louis, Missouri, with Standard Oil. She then returned to California where she worked for North American Aviation in data processing. While living in California she bowled professionally and traveled to many places for bowling tournaments.
Lucille returned St. Louis in 1968 where she worked as a supervisor for MasterCard; she then transferred to West Plains Bank as a data processing manager. She purchased a farm and later retired at the age of 53 from West Plains Bank to work on her farm. She loved farming, with a variety of livestock, along with her dogs and cats. After purchasing her tractor, she could be seen bush hogging the fields and putting up her own hay. To be sure that she was getting the best use of her land for hay and cattle, she would seek out the advice from her neighbor and friend, Galen Pennington.
Dreaming of writing her own book, she began taking classes at Drury College extension center in Cabool. In 1999, she completed her goal and published her first book, Lukie’s Farm.
Lucille never was one to get bored; she enjoyed bowling and playing cards with family and friends. In 2008, to the surprise to her family, she felt it was time to move from the farm into town. She chose Pineview Heights, where she could be close to her friends and continue activities at Cabool Senior Center. She was still able to manage the farm and keep a few cattle with the help of her nephew, Jr. Haywood.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, Barbara Freeman, Paul Freeman and Helen Freeman; one sister, Pauline Williams; one brother, Kenneth Summers; and a special niece, Sunnie Jo (Haywood) Barbre.
She is survived by two sisters, Joan Haywood and husband Ronnie of Cabool and Beverly Hutchison and husband David of Springfield, Missouri; one brother, Paul Freeman, Jr. and wife Wanda of Cabool; six nephews, Larry Williams and Lance Williams of Springfield, Ronald “Jr.” Haywood of Cabool, Duane Summers of Pennsylvania, Darren Freeman of Cabool and Brian Cabano of Springfield; nine nieces, Cindy Davault of Cabool, Dana Summers of Mississippi, Trudy Freeman of Mississippi, Sherri Bock of Pleasant Hope, Missouri, Barbara Hinnershitz of Springfield, Stephanie Calus of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, Jennifer Ogletree of Norwood, Missouri, Melissa Cabano of Springfield, and Karame Cabano of Cabool. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Visitation was held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at the funeral home. Arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Cabool Senior Center and Mt. Ararat Cemetery.