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Lucille "Lucy" Lindsay

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Lucille 'Lucy' Lindsay Naples, FL

Lucille 'Lucy' Lindsay, 79, of Naples passed away on June 24, 2014 at her home. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, friend, athlete, and teacher.

She was born in Montello, NV, in a small house without electricity. Montello is a railroad town, a watering station before the diesels took over from the coal burners.

At the outbreak of World War II, the Nelson family moved to Sparks, NV, where Lucy's dad was a meat cutter for Baker's grocery.

Lucy was always an outstanding athlete. She loved sports and excelled in most of them. As a tennis player she won many trophies and was quick and graceful on the court. Many of her friends compared her to Evonne Goolagong.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, she majored in history-and again excelled in sports. She was active in the sports organizations throughout her years there, particularly in the Women's Athletic Association. She was a great shot in basketball, but because there was no woman's team at that time, she practiced with the men's team.

After graduating and earning her teaching certificate, Lucy taught in Carson City and Reno, NV. Then she went to work for the Defense Department's Overseas School System in Seville and Madrid, Spain, and Ankara, Turkey. She returned to Gainesville, FL, where she taught high school physical education and attended the University of Florida, earning her master's degree in physical education and recreation.

Her next assignment was the American School of Asuncion, Paraguay, teaching physical education and history at all levels. Upon returning to the United States, she found employment teaching in Collier County's schools in Immokalee and Naples. Her students at Lake Trafford and East Naples Middle School will remember her volleyball teams and classes with affection.

In all of these assignments, she was an outstanding teacher and typically she was in charge of the department in which she worked. She was also active as building representative for the teachers' organizations.

When she retired, she became active in a local government association, and at home practiced her hobby of cooking to the enjoyment of her friends. She loved to travel, both at home and abroad.

Lucy was a real western girl. She rode horses, drove trucks, baled hay, and herded cattle with her cousins in Montana whenever vacation time allowed.

In Spain she rode race horses, dressed up occasionally as a flamenco dancer, and attended bull fights. All the while being an outstanding teacher and tennis player. She had a quiet, quick wit: once she observed, when a friend suggested that there might be weather rears and well as fronts, that she was sure that if there were such a thing it would be during a full moon.

Lucy is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, William and her three sisters: Evelyn Johnston, Melba Pounds, and Joann Behrman.

Memorial contributions may be made to AVOW Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.

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Published in Naples Daily News on June 29, 2014
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