Lucille Ann “Lu” Thieman died March 11, 2003, at Home Place in Oak Harbor; she was 92. She was born Jan. 21, 1911, in Hoxie, Ark., to Courtney and Ida May Phillips.
Lucille A. Phillips grew up in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from Lutheran High School. She married Frank Thieman in 1929. She and Frank bought and operated a dry cleaning establishment in Kansas City. After her husband’s death, Lu continued to operate the business until her sister in Coupeville became ill. Lu moved to Coupeville and stayed on after her sister’s death. Lu was active with the Coupeville Progressive Club as well as a much-needed volunteer at Cambey Retirement Home.
In 1987, she moved to Western Village in Oak Harbor. She was an active volunteer at Island Thrift for many years. Lu enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She also enjoyed traveling around Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Canada and Hawaii with her daughter and son-in-law.
Lucille was a member of the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, Emblem Club No. 450 and the Senior Center, all of Oak Harbor.
In her last years, Lu had many angels attending to her needs. They were the wonderful and caring staffs from the Mathis Adult Family Home, Harbor Tower Village, Alicia’s Adult Family Home, Careage of Whidbey and Home Place of Oak Harbor, plus outstanding services provided by Home Health Care of Whidbey Island and Skagit Hospice. In her final days, pastors Jerry Buss and Laurie Bleakley of the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church ministered daily to Lucille.
Lucille was preceded in death by her husband Frank and eight siblings. She is survived by two daughters and their husbands: Patricia and Louis “Ski” Michalski of Oak Harbor and Marlene and Richard Sheil of Kansas City. Five grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive.
A memorial service will be held at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church on Monday, March 17, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Kansas City at a later date. Remembrances may be made in her name to the Friends of Home Health or Hospice.
Cremation was entrusted to the Burley Funeral Chapel, Oak Harbor.