Ida Lucille "Lucy" Brown

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CATTARAUGUS - Ida Lucille "Lucy" Brown, of Cattaraugus, entered into rest Sunday (Aug. 5, 2018), at the age of 92.

Lucy was born Nov. 8, 1925, in Abilene, Kan., and was the daughter of Paul and Ora Lenhart. On Oct. 20, 1946, in Kansas, she married Fenton H. Brown, and moved to Cattaraugus shortly after and lived there since.

Lucy worked for many years at Tri-County Memorial Hospital as a nurse's aid in labor and delivery, while also working at Cattaraugus Central School as an office clerk. She was well known for her kind and giving heart which is why she received the Richard Murphy Citizen of the Year Award in 2006.

The two most important things in her life were faith and family. She was a member of the Cattaraugus United Methodist Church for over 70 years, where she served on numerous committees and was the financial secretary for over 30 years.

Lucy enjoyed square dancing, knitting, sewing and picking blueberries for others. Many people referred to her as "the blueberry lady." Cooking food gave her pleasure, as she believed that a casserole, pie or sweet rolls would make anyone feel better. But what Lucy loved most was spending time with her family, especially at Christmas, Easter and birthday dinners.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years; two daughters, Teresa (Richard) Feuz and Michele (Peter) Illig, both of Cattaraugus; seven grandchildren, Ryann (Daniel) Taylor, Carissa (Mark) Davis, Janelle (Joseph) Zera, Stephen Feuz, Jacqueline Illig, Patrick (Hannah) Illig and Lindsey (Ryan) McNamee; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Lucy was predeceased by her parents; all seven of her brothers and sisters; and her son, Ricky Brown.

A family gathering will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 11, 2018) at DiStasio Funeral Home Inc, 55 S. Main St., Cattaraugus. A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 12, 2018) at the Cattaraugus United Methodist Church, 53 Washington St., Cattaraugus. A light supper will be held after the service at the Cattaraugus Fireman's Club.

In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made to Hospice of Cattaraugus County, who were so helpful at the end.

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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Aug. 9, 2018