Born to Walter and Ruth Porter in Syracuse, New York on June 23, 1925, Lucille began drawing as a young child. As a young woman, she attended Syracuse University majoring in fine arts and later attended the Traphagen School of Design in New York City. After completing her education, she became a fashion illustrator in Syracuse. After marrying Major Robert H. Damico on April 30, 1949 she became an Air Force wife and mother of eight children, traveling within the United States and abroad for their 30 year military career. Lucille continued her interest in art, taking classes in both England and more extensively in Japan. The family moved to Colorado Springs in 1966 where Lucille continued creating art and participated in the development of the community's growing fine arts awareness. Lucille was a skilled and gifted artist and a member of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, Arati Art Gallery and the "artistic renegade" group, the Chromatic Edge. Discovering the wonders of watercolor, what one can really create with brush, pigment, water and paper was a constant challenge and refinement for her. She said it takes years to overcome being afraid of watercolor but with persistence and a creative heart, it can become much like a dance, always moving, always changing. She loved abstract painting as it was the most free and fun for her. Her children were devoted to Lucille whose inner strength, gentle nature and calming influence greatly affected their lives. Lucille's beautiful spirit provided warmth and healing to so many who knew her. You will see her beauty and color living on in the magnificent sunrises that paint Pikes Peak a rose color in the early morning hours as well as the fiery orange, crimson and magenta palate in the azure skies over the mountains to the west at sunset. Lucille died peacefully at home with her eight beloved children at her bedside on February 21, 2009. She was preceded in death on January 11th, 2009 by her husband, Col. Robert H. Damico and by her father and mother, Walter and Ruth Porter and her sister Noresta Bourne many years ago. She is survived by her brother, Don Porter and her children, Robert Damico, Jamie Damico, Michael D'Amico, Lucienne Nelson, Lauri Hoover, Catherine Kniffin, Steve D'Amico and Christina Person. Lucille is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, with 2 more due this year. A funeral mass will be held for Lucille on Thursday, February 26, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church located at 3122 Poinsetta Drive in Colorado Springs with a celebratory reception at 3 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center at 30 W Dale Street. A burial service will take place at Ft. Logan Cemetery in Denver on Friday, February 27, 2009 at â€¦â€¦â€¦.. In lieu of flowers, it is gratefully requested that donations be sent to the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society at P.O. Box 62693, Colorado Springs, CO 80962.
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Published in The Gazette from Feb. 24 to Feb. 26, 2009