HAMILTON — Lucille Anna Lind passed away peacefully on May 11, 2019, a few weeks before her 100th birthday.
Lucille was born June 4, 1919, in Central City, Nebraska, to August and Bertha Eisele. She grew up in North Loup, Nebraska, as the youngest of five children. After completing high school in 1937, she left for Washington state and lived with her sister, Grace, in Snohomish and later, in Everett. She loved the cooler weather and the green countryside of Washington. She worked as a census taker and a house servant before completing beauty school and working as a beautician for five years.
In 1943, she met her future husband, Jesse Allan “Al” Lind, in Everett. Al was in the Army Air Corps stationed in Idaho. He came to Everett as part of his B-29 crew chief training. They were married on August 21, 1943. They moved to Great Bend, Kansas, where Al was then stationed. In January 1944, Al was sent to India in support of World War II’s China Burma India Theater. Lucille moved back to live with her sister in Everett, Washington. Their first son, Dean, was born four months later in May 1944. Lucille soon began work at the Boeing assembly plant in Everett, where she inventoried and issued parts for the B-29 wing assembly units. She worked there until the war ended and the plant closed in 1945. Her husband soon returned from the war after 1ƒ years in the Pacific Theater. A year later, in the spring of 1947, they moved to Hamilton, Montana and lived in a motel. Al worked as a sawyer in the local area and Lucille worked as a mother and homemaker. Their second son, Larry, was born in June 1947. When Lucille again became pregnant in 1948 they realized they needed a larger place to live and moved into a lovely house on Daly Avenue, their one and only home together. Al later worked for the U.S. Public Health Service and for AT&T. Three more children were born while living in the home on Daly: Patsy, Orville and Terry.
After Al passed away in 1991, her sister, Grace, moved to Hamilton where they shared her house for over 16 years. After Grace passed away in 2008, Lucille maintained the house and bountiful garden until 2014 when she moved into the Sapphire Homes in Hamilton and gracefully lived out her remaining years. During her 70 plus years in the Bitterroot Valley, she never tired of the four seasons, her flower and vegetable garden and visits from her family and friends. She was a member of the United Methodist - American Baptist Federated Church, was active in Rebecca Lodge and loved to play pinochle, board games and jigsaw puzzles. She will forever be remembered for her generosity, love of life, exuberant laughter, and her cookie jar that was never empty.
Lucille will be lovingly remembered by her children, Dean (Sandy), Fontana, California; Larry (Linda), Redwood City, California; Patsy (Rod) Miller, Middleton, Wisconsin; Orville (Bonnie), Universal City, Texas; and Terry (Lela), Granite Falls, Washington. Lucille will also be fondly remembered by her seven grandchildren, Brice, Khirstie, Laurie, Leanna, Kari, Jesse and Christie; and her great-grandchild, Adam.
Lucille was preceded in death by her husband Al and her siblings Muriel, Grace, Ivan and Thomas.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 4, at 2 p.m., at the Daly-Leach Chapel, 1010 W. Main St., Hamilton, with Pastor John Duckworth officiating. A private, family graveside committal will follow. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to the Marcus Daly Hospice Center.