Lucille Lasley, 103, died peacefully on March 7, 2018, in Woodland, surrounded by family.
Lucille was born Feb. 4, 1915. She married in 1933 and began raising her family. While her husband was mining, Lucille worked hard and thrived under harsh conditions, often living in homes utterly lacking modern conveniences, picking up and moving frequently. She could navigate the city as easily as she could shoot a rattlesnake with a shotgun, fish in the back country and dress a deer.
Not quite 5 feet tall, she may have been tiny, but she was fearless and unstoppable. She worked hard all her life, caring for ailing family members, cooking, waitressing, upholstering, running a mill and mine, building retaining walls, and repairing roofs. She dedicated her scant spare time to her church, with board membership, committee work, running summer camps for kids, and doing missionary work in the Philippines and Costa Rica. She was a Hospice volunteer for over 25 years, serving until well into her 90s.
Preceding Lucille in death were her husband George Lasley, daughter Lanita Reber and grandson Neil Patterson.
She is survived by daughter Charlotte Carter of Winters and grandchildren Allen Patterson (Debra), Michelle Delaney, Charline Martucci, (Frank), Cassie Carter of Winters and Stacie Grinbergs (Troy) of Winters; eight great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Winters Cemetery in Winters on Friday, April 20, at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Owens Valley.