Lucille grew up in southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas. She was unable to attend school past elementary, as she was the oldest of six children and helped work in the cotton fields in Arkansas, as well as hacking railroad ties in the woods with her dad.
On November 29, 1942, she met the love of her life. Seventeen short days later, on December 15, 1942, she married Douglas Dean in Mountain View, Missouri. They were married for 65½ years. Every time you looked at them, even in pictures, they were holding hands. Six children were born to this union: Leslie, Cleta, Mable, Charles, Linda K., and Elina.
Lucille and Douglas both accepted Christ as their Savior as young adults and were baptized together at Jack Fork River in Mountain View, where they were living at the time. They made homes throughout Missouri in Mountain View, Willow Springs, Mansfield, Cabool, and finally Mountain Grove.
Lucille enjoyed her family very much. Her greatest joy was having the children and grandchildren home to cook up big meals for them. It has been said that Lucille could make the best coconut cream pies and homemade bread. Her home was always spotless.
In her earlier years, she did a lot of sewing, making the girls all their dresses. She loved quilting and embroidery, as long as her health allowed. She made quilts for each of her children and grandchildren. Lucille also enjoyed fishing with Douglas. They would go camping at Udall Lake as well. After their children were married, she and Douglas took the adventure of a lifetime to Alaska.
In addition to her parents, Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas, in May of 2008; her son, Leslie in October of 2008; one brother; and two sisters.
Lucille is survived by five of her children, Cleta Collins and husband Sam of Pomona, Missouri, Mable Cox of Palisade, Colorado, Charles Dean and wife Brenda, Linda K. Reed and husband Doug, and Elina Crewse and husband Delbert, all of Mountain Grove; one daughter-in-law, Linda (Brassfield) Dean-Poppity; one sister, Zelta Patterson of Illinois; one brother, Sam Patterson of Kansas; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Turner officiating. Pallbearers were Leroy Dean, Galen Dean, Sammy Collins, Amos Reed, Robert Crewse, and Steven Crewse. Honorary pallbearers were Jon Wood, Steve Soffietto, Steven Moore, Jason Conway, Chris Crewse, Jeffery Cox, and Jeff Carey. Song selections were “Beulah Land,” “She Loved,” and “I Can Only Imagine,” rendered by Teresa Perkins. Burial was in Lone Star Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s in care of the funeral home.