Published 1:38 pm Tuesday, April 15, 2008
She was born in Puyallup, Wash., and was the daughter of Ronmous and Augusta Nix. Lucille attended elementary and high school in Puyallup and graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in home economics in 1939. She began her career as a home economics teacher in Port Orchard, Wash.&bsp;&bsp;&bsp;
Lucille married Guy Leroy Housh on October 7, 1945, and moved to the Chicago area, where she and Guy lived for 30 years. Lucille taught home economics in the western suburbs of Chicago until her retirement in 1975. In 1976, they moved to a home they built in Beechwood, Columbus. They were members of Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville.
Lucille immersed herself in community activities in Columbus and Tryon. While a member of the St. Luke&39;s Hospital Auxiliary Special Services Committee, she was responsible for decorating the newborn nursery, providing holiday tray favors for patients, Christmas decorating, and organizing special days for hospital employees. She was a member of the board of the Polk County 4-H and Youth Foundation and worked with area girls teaching sewing and organizing the 4-H fashion review. At the Tryon Country Club, she held several offices of the Women&39;s Golf Association including president, and was a member of the club&39;s board of directors. At Tryon Country Club she inaugurated several activities including the monthly suppers, a junior golf tournament, and a water exercise program for women. She and Guy were members of the club&39;s beautification committee and were responsible for planning and planting hundreds of daffodil bulbs and azalea bushes at the course. In recognition of her service to the club, she was made an honorary member. Both Lucille and Guy were inducted into the Tryon chapter of the Second Wind Hall of Fame in recognition of their service to the community.&bsp;&bsp;
Lucille moved to Tryon Estates in 1994 where she continued her community involvement. She served on several of the resident committees. She was responsible for the first dog show and the construction of the dog run at Tryon Estates. She continued to share her love for flowers by providing floral decorations for the common areas of her building.
Lucille will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother whose spirit and determination were evident until her death.&bsp;&bsp;
Survivors include her daughter, Paula, and husband, Robert, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and their daughter Allison of New York City; her son, Ronald and his wife Chris and their daughters, Madeline and Rebecca, of Mount Vernon, Wash. Lucille was predeceased by her husband Guy, her sister, Helen Nix Kolano Waite, and her brothers, Paul and Lawrence Nix.&bsp;
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Lucille&39;s family wishes to thank Dr. Brad Whitney, the staff of Tryon Estates, her Home Health Companions, Betty Luther, and Evelyn Coffey, and the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills staff, especially Debbie Denton, for the care and compassion extended over the past several years.
Memorial donations may
be made in Lucille&39;s name
to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, N.C. 28722, (www.hocf.net) or the Alzheimer&39;s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7633 (www.alz.org).
An online guest register can be signed for the family at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com.
McFarland Funeral Chapel of Tryon is in charge of arrangements.
‐ paid obituary