Lucienne Van Muysen Andre Clement, 86, of Roanoke, formerly of Haverford, Pa. and Potomac, Md., passed away peacefully on June 27, 2013. Lucienne was born May 21, 1927, in Brussels, Belgium, the daughter of A. Bernard Van Muysen and Joanne Pauline Collin Van Muysen. Lucienne was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Yvonne; her brother, Rene; her niece, Giselle; and her loving husbands, Marc Jean Andre, former Chancellor of the Belgian Embassy of Washington DC, in 1970, and C. Francis Clement, a retired coal company owner, of Haverford, PA in 2007.
Lucienne spoke four languages fluently and became a translator for the Allies in Brussels at 17. At 19, she was transferred to the French Consulate in New York City, and then to the French Embassy in Washington, DC. She learned to play golf at 21, and it became one of her lifelong passions. She was still playing three times a week, and was captain of her golf team into her 70s. She met and married Marc Jean Andre in 1954, and had daughters, Danielle and Rosane, who adored her.
After Marc passed away in 1970, she met C. Francis Clement of Haverford, Pa., and they married in 1973. They enjoyed traveling the world together and maintained a lovely second home in St. Maarten for years, where many of their friends and family came to visit. Due to her declining health with Parkinson's Plus disease, and the need for Lucienne to be cared for in Roanoke, they divorced in 2005.
Her avocation was raising beautiful silver miniature poodles, and she was recognized as one of the top breeders in the country, raising many champions. Her poodles were sought after from as far away as Sweden and Jordan.
Lucienne was a gorgeous, loving woman, with a sharp wit and a warm heart. She is survived by her daughters, Danielle Andre Crawford and Rosane Andre Hayes; sons-in-law, Steven Crawford and Geoffrey Hayes; grandchildren, Marc Hayes, of Albuquerque, N.M., Christina Crawford, Stephanie Crawford, and Jacqueline Crawford, of Roanoke; and her nephew, Willy Van Muysen, of Brussels, Belgium.
Our family wants to give a special thank you to the loving staff at Brandon Oaks who took such special care of her and to her sitters who brightened her days when we could not be with her.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Oakey's South Chapel, 4257 Brambleton Ave SW, Roanoke. Donations to the Roanoke Valley SPCA are requested in lieu of flowers.