Lucy Van Wert Busby
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1/19/1918 - 12/1/2012
Lucy Van Wert Busby passed away on December 1, 2012 at Auburn, California at the age of 94 years, 10 months and 12 days.
A longtime resident of Auburn. Lucy is survived by son, Fred Van Wert of Sunnyvale; daughter, Jessica Kathleen (Marty) Van Wert of Spring, Texas; grandchildren: Miesha Van Wert of Mountain View, Jeremy Van Wert of Foresthill, LaDuska York of San Diego, Johnathan York of Spring, Texas, Michael York of Wellington, New Zealand, Jesse York of Dublin, Ireland; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Don Van Wert; and her two husbands, both of whom were World War II Veterans.
Born Lucy Martha Dawson on January 19, 1918 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Clarence Dawson and Nelle Sanders Dawson; she grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and Billings, Montana. After graduating from high school she married Don Duane Van Wert in Glasgow, Montana on November 20, 1935. Tall, dark, and handsome with jet black hair, he quickly earned from her the nickname "Tony". She moved to California when World War II sent him to the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal. After the war they settled in Oakland and then El Cerrito, and began raising their family; son, Michael having been born in 1942 while his father was overseas, joined later by son, Fredric and daughter, Martha Lucy. They moved to Auburn in 1956 to operate the Ground Cow restaurant on Highway 40 (now Interstate 80) at Train Village and later at Penryn. They also ran the Greyhound Bus Depot, Taxi Service, and Western Union office on Elm Avenue. After Tony passed away in 1982, Lucy opened the Gold and Silver Store in the Gold Country Mall. She traveled extensively after retiring, visiting Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Europe, and the Far East. In 1991 she married Donald Arthur Busby of Auburn and they relocated to St. George, Utah. After he passed away in 2004, she continued to live in St. George before returning to Auburn in 2011.
A faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lucy served as a teacher in the Primary and Sunday School organizations and as a temple worker. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Auburn and the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She was also an avid bowler for the Ground Cow team and continued bowling well into her nineties. A proud possession was her trophy for a 225 game, bowled when she was 77.
Lucy set a great example of love and faith. She was an elect lady, gracious to all, with a naturally happy spirit. Perhaps her greatest legacy is the many lives that she touched and lifted. The world is a little less beautiful without her.
A graveside service will be conducted at noon on Friday, December 7, 2012 in the New Auburn District Cemetery.
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Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Dec. 6, 2012