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Lucille Nicely

Died: Fri., Apr. 15, 2011

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MISSOULA - Lucille Nicely peacefully passed way on Friday, April 15, 2011, with her family at her side.

Lucille was born in Camas Prairie on Aug. 18, 1917, to Ernie and Nora Williamson, pioneers of the Bitterroot Valley.

Lucille loved life to the fullest, living a good, long life, despite having serious health issues along the way. Her positive attitude and humor helped her handle the health problems she faced for many years.

Lucille loved nature and the outdoor life as a whole. Camping in the wilderness was one of her favorite pastimes. She cherished the peaceful surroundings of nature and said there was nothing like the fresh mountain air to calm every nerve. Of course, when she was not camping you would often find her and her husband Bob Nicely dancing to their favorite bands at the Senior Center, Joker's Wild, Fort Owen or wherever their bands would be playing. She rarely sat out a dance and continued to dance regularly until two years ago when her health would not allow it. Lucille was a member of the Five Valley Accordion Society.

Lucille loved gambling and enjoyed traveling to various casinos. When Las Vegas and Reno became too far to travel, she and Bob would go to Washington to the Indian casinos to play the slot machines. Fortunately she was able to travel to Washington three years ago for one last pull of the slot handle.

In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling and competed successfully in many tournaments, one of those being the California State Women's Championship. While in California she worked for several years at St. Joseph Hospital where she earned her L.V.N. license.

Lucille had a strong dedication and commitment to changing lives. She was a Girl Scout leader for 10 years and made a positive impact on many girls' lives. She also taught physical education at St. Francis grade school and Sacred Heart High School in Missoula, where she also influenced many girls on the importance of keeping healthy and fit. Health and fitness, her mantra, allowed her to live to 93 years of age! Lucille worked for seven and a half years at the Missoula County Jail where she was cook and deputy matron. She took special interest in the young juveniles and made every effort to make their incarcerations as pleasant as possible.

In her early 50s, she was an active member of the Democratic Club.

Lucille loved her family. Her small home was a frequent gathering of many large family reunions and parties. Everyone loved her cooking, hospitality and of course, the never-ending storytelling and jokes.

Preceding her in death were her parents, twin daughters, seven brothers and six sisters.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years Robert Nicely, two daughters Betty Hart of Missoula and Roberta "Bert" Nicely-Moran (Loyd) of Stevensville; and one son, John Magarro Jr. (Francine) of Mission Viejo, Calif. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

At her request, there will be a private celebration of her life at one of her favorite campsites, Bass Creek, later this summer.

Cremation has taken place at Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.

Memorials may be sent to the Humane Society of Western Montana in Missoula or AniMeals of Missoula.

Don't cry because it is over; smile because of what she gave us all these years. And what great, fun years they were!

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Denny Bedard
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
Bob and Family: I was so very saddened to hear of my buddy Lucille's passing. She was one of my very favorite listeners and it was always such a treat to get calls from her. And even though it's been quite some time since last we spoke, I will always remember her voice and delightful manner. My thoughts are with you and if you ever need someone to talk to please let me know.
Denny Bedard

Bill McChesney
   Posted Fri April 22, 2011

With my most sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you face your loss. You're a great guy, were an important part of my life and are often in my thoughts and many memories of life on Evaro Hill.


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