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