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Lucile Van Deusen 1923-2012 MOUNT WASHINGTON Lucile Van Deusen died at Fairview Hospital the morning of Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Lucile Van Deusen was a child of Mount Washington. She loved the outdoors, hiking, gardening, her family, and all her neighbors in town. She was fiercely independent and insisted on living alone right up to her last months. Born in Mount Washington on May 26, 1923, she was the daughter of Marjorie Spurr Van Deusen and Earle Cook Van Deusen. Her family, the Spurrs (originally spelled Spoor), had farmed on the mountain since 1692. Her early education was at the one-room school houses of Mount Washington, the south school through third grade, and, afterward, the north school through fifth grade. She then attended Bryant School in Great Barrington, and graduated from Roe Jan School in Hillsdale. She later graduated from Berkshire Business College in Pittsfield. She worked for the law firm of Noxon & Eisner in Pittsfield, then moved to Boston where she did secretarial work and studied art, her lifelong love, at Massachusetts College of Art. After surviving as a passenger a terrible car accident in 1947, she worked at Austen Riggs in Stockbridge for two years. Thereafter, she returned to Boston to work for Whittemore Associates, and, later, for Carroll Center for the Blind. Retiring in 1992, she returned to live at her family home in Mount Washington, spending most of her time roaming the outdoors with her succession of much-loved dogs. She leaves behind her brother-in-law Morgan Bulkeley and her sister-in-law Eleanor Beers Van Deusen. She was pre-deceased by her sisters, Barbara Bulkeley, Doris Southergill, Bernice Bergersen, and her brother, Alfred Van Deusen, who died on the same date in 1990. She also leaves her nieces and nephews, Ruth Bulkeley Miles and Morgan Bulkeley Jr.; Thomas Southergill and Alan Southergill; Alfred Van Deusen Jr., Paul Van Deusen, Phyllis Van Deusen Tumsaroch, and Joan Van Deusen Darragh. Also, Solveig Bergersen Edwin, Kris Bergersen Perdion, Nina Bergersen Tryon, Erik Bergersen, and Esther Bergersen Mundt. A memorial service is being planned at the Church of Christ in Mount Washington, with burial at Cross Road Cemetery. FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington is caring for the arrangements. Remembrances and memories may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 23, 2012
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