Lucy Brown

19301218 –

 20171109

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Obituary

Rosary for Lucille (Lucy) Brown, 87, will be recited at the Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers at 5 PM this Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 with a celebration of the Mass at 11 AM on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Rev. Rudi Crasta officiating and Msgr. Eugene Driscoll and Msgr. Ben Kasteel concelebrating.

Lucy was born in Chicago, Illinois. For 11 years, she was a talented and beloved elementary school teacher in the Chicago Public School system before she met the love of her life, Bill, at a Catholic ski holiday in Wisconsin. In 1979, she and husband Bill moved to Lubbock, Texas, where they joined Lucy’s brother Arthur Boldt in running the local McDonald’s franchise. Lucy was Vice President of Public Relations. As the public face of the McDonald’s franchise, as well as a former president of the Lubbock Restaurant Association, and both the 1992 Restaurateur of the Year and Lubbock Entrepreneur of the Year, she was a local celebrity and kind of a big deal. Lucy knew everyone, and everyone knew Lucy.

Lucy dedicated her life to serving others. She was deeply involved in the Lubbock community, which she loved. In addition to her work with McDonald’s, she devoted her enormous energies to the causes close to her heart. She was a former president of Assist Human Needs, an organization that provides food and clothing to those in need. She was a board member at the South Plains Food Bank, Lubbock Workforce, Lubbock Victim Assistance Services, South Plains College, and Llano Estacado Winery. She was involved with Christmas Is For Kids, Women’s’ Protective Services, Altrusa Dawners, Lubbock Executive Forum, March of Dimes, and Ronald McDonald House. For many years, she tutored dyslexic adult students. She was honored with a 1989 Extra Mile Award, 1993 Lubbock Committee for Women Award, 1997 Silver Star Award, 2002 Community Involvement and Public Relations Award, and a 2004 Lubbock Chapter of the Association of Women in Communications Gold Medal. In 2007, Lucy was honored as the Altrusa Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and service to the community of Lubbock.

Lucy was a devoted Catholic. She taught Continuing Catholic Education for 30 years at Christ the King Catholic Church, was a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, and was an active and much loved member of both CTK and Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Above all, Lucy loved people (under “hobbies” on her CV, she listed “people, reading, and cooking”). With her radiant smile and her vivacious personality, she made people feel wonderful, and people loved to be around her. Lucy always saw the bright side of things and the best side of people. She was a source of joy and light. She was the life of the party. She was a very special lady.

Lucy Brown peacefully passed along to her next big party on Nov. 9. She is survived by her husband Bill, her three daughters and her son, and her four grandchildren who all love her enormously and feel grateful beyond words that she blessed their lives with her love.

Memorials

Memorials may be sent to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 9821 Frankford Ave., Lubbock, Texas, 79424.

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6 thoughts on “Lucy Brown”

  1. Sorry I was unable to see you Lucy before you passed away, I always remember you for your kindness. I still remember the first day you interview me for my job at the McDonalds office on 4th street, and also the Thanksgiving dinner at your house with Bill Brown and your whole family in 1983. We will miss you for a long time to come, Love from the Do’s family.

  2. Lucy was an amazing person! She always had something uplifting to say about everyone. Even though, I did not know her for very long, she found a way to crawl into my heart. I love and miss her so much! I hope God will send you comfort for your loss.

  3. Lucy will always be remembered by me. She was one of my first and most loyal customer when I opened my business 26 years ago. Rest Lusy Brown!

  4. Lyn Garcia- Chief Development Officer - SPFB

    Lucy was a true joy in my life. Every time I interacted with her in any way, my day was brighter and my spirit lifted. Her smile and caring spirit inspired me to do better and be better every day.
    The South Plains Food Bank was greatly enriched and strengthened by her involvement. Not only did she have brilliant ideas and well thought out plans, but would do whatever she could to bring her ideas to life. Lucy Brown made me feel like I was one of the most important people in her life. Her ability to listen and respond in such a sweet way was amazing to me. Sharing her knowledge and community resources was something Lucy felt passionate about. Great opportunities were made available to the South Plains Food Bank because of resources and ideas brought to our attention by this amazing women. Everyone knew how much Lucy loved her family. I felt like I knew all of her kids and grandchildren because she spared nothing about their accomplishments.
    My life has truly been impacted by this beautiful person. I aspire to live me life to be such a blessing to so many! Lucy Brown I will miss you. Condolences to all your family and especially Bill.
    Bill loved Lucy passionately and he will struggle without your sweet presence.

  5. I met Lucy while she was in physical therapy. She was a bright, beautiful”spot” of joy to my day. She always asked for the “recipe”…the exercise sheet she followed. She was beautiful inside and out and I am honored and humbled that I got to meet her, for she exhibited God’s love, kindness and equality for all. May she be basking in the the Lord’s goodness. Welcome home Ms. Lucy.

  6. Lucy and I were on the Board of Directors at Llano Estacado. I cannot remember one time when she did bring a smile to my face when I saw her. She was always a complete joy to be around. and will be missed greatly.

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