Lucia Greene
1929 - 2020
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Lucia Greene

Asheville - Lucia Greene joined the ranks of angels this weekend at the age of 90. She passed away peacefully at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community on the evening of Saturday, April 18th, 2020. She was surrounded by her family whom she loved so deeply and the amazing caregivers at Deerfield, where she had been a beloved resident for the past two years.

Lucia was born on June 4, 1929 as Margaret "Lucia" Brown to the late Burder and Mildred Brown. She was their only child. She spent her childhood in the North Asheville community and eventually moved to West Asheville. She spent her education in the Asheville City School system and graduated from Lee Edwards High School. She was a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church.

In 1948, she married the love of her life, the late Paul P. Greene. They were married for 63 years before he joined church triumphant in 2011. They had a beautiful life together - she was a loving and dedicated wife. She was a devoted mother to her children, Michael Greene and wife Eva, and Paula (Greene) Webb and husband Steve. She was especially proud of her three grandchildren Christopher Webb and wife Jennifer of Park City, Utah; Paul Webb and wife Jessica of Seattle, Washington; and Eva-Michelle (Greene) Spicer and husband Elliott of Asheville. Her great-grandson, Caleb Webb, brought so much joy to her life when he would come to visit. The caregivers who were with her in her final years also became family. She was so blessed to have Amanda Davis, Mimi Stroupe and Deanna Mills by her side at Deerfield these past few years. Her family was her greatest pride and joy!

Lucia was a lifelong hard worker. She worked as an operator at the Southern Bell telephone company, a bookkeeper and personal assistant at Matthews Ford, and after her children were in school she worked alongside her husband at Wick and Greene Jewelers. Together, Lucia and Paul grew the business to become one of the premier jewelers in the country. She was delighted to see the company transform into Spicer Greene Jewelers when her granddaughter and grandson-in-law purchased the company and became the fourth generation of the Asheville institution.

Lucia was a great philanthropist and animal lover - she would often tell family that she loved them but that she REALLY loved her dogs! She supported many causes benefiting Calvary Baptist Church, local animal agencies and her beloved Asheville. She contributed a tremendous amount to the Asheville she called home: together with Paul and son Michael, she was a pioneer of the revitalization of downtown Asheville in the 1980s with the construction of Wick and Greene Plaza.

Above all, Lucia was a devoted wife to Paul, and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She taught everyone she knew compassion, humility, generosity, perseverance and love. She will be missed, but her sweet and feisty spirit will forever be a part of everyone who knew her.

Due to the current healthcare crises, a very intimate graveside family service will be held and a celebration of Lucia's long and full life will be held at a later date.

A charitable endowment has been established in their name to help young entrepreneurs like Paul and Lucia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paul and Lucia Greene Charitable Endowment at the Community Foundation of WNC, 4 Vanderbilt Park Dr, Asheville, NC 28803. Memorials may also be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 531 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806; Memory Care Asheville, 100 Far Horizons Lane, Asheville NC, 28803; or to the Asheville Humane Society 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806.

The online memorial is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.







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Published in Asheville Citizen-Times from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2020.
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April 28, 2020
I felt the loss of Paul Greene as we spoke often during the years that we helped the Company. I know how Dear and important that Lucia was to Paul and the Company. My Heartfelt Condolences to the Family and all of her dear Friends. May she rest in Peace.
Sincerely,
Barry Rakowski
Future Findings Inc.
New York, NY
April 28, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Barry Rakowski
April 23, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss. I loved visiting with Lucia at Deerfield. She was a wonderful lady and always told me that I was a lucky lady. I am a lucky lady to have had the blessing to have had her in my life for a brief time and the pleasure to get to know her wonderful caregivers Amanda and Mimi. Be free Lucia I miss you but I will see you again one day.
Gail Cooke
April 23, 2020
My condolences on your loss. What a legacy!
Your Rotary Friend,
Rachel Rion Moran
April 22, 2020
So sorry to the family for the loss of Lucia. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many fond memories of Bonnie, Paul and Lucia from my childhood. Lucia was always such a sweet and loving lady. Heaven gained another sweet angel.
Susan Swann
April 22, 2020
What an amazing lady. She will be missed greatly. I am sure Paul is enjoying this day with her now. Our prayers go out to her family who she loved so much. Pat, Abbie and Robin Earley
April 22, 2020
My heart goes out to you all as you mourn the passing of your wonderful mother and grandmother. Lucia leaves behind a wonderful legacy in you her family. May God bless you with the memories you share of her love and compassion and love of the Lord.
Donna Ensley
April 21, 2020
We feel grateful and blessed to have known the Greene family and share so many great memories with them . We share in your loss of Lucia and may God comfort you and give you peace . Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days ahead.
Becky & Scott Kauffman
April 21, 2020
Ms. Lucia was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. She was such a good person and so caring about others. Her beautiful smile, which you could also see in her eyes, made you so happy to be there with her. It was very uplifting to spend time with her. I loved looking at her beautiful jewelry and the stories associated with each one. How wonderful it would be to have more people in this world as thoughtful, kind and generous as she was. We will all miss her very much!
Alease Register
April 20, 2020
Dear Ones,
Guess who is happy and free in spirit and mind! Happy Home Going, Lucia. You and Paul are together again and I know that is a blessing to all of us who will miss you dearly. My memories of Lucia are of watching an elegant lady and savvy business woman in her element at the store and in public. She was my friend and I will miss her so very much. My prayers to the whole family.
Jean Warren
April 20, 2020
So very sorry to hear of your loss. She was a awesome lady and will be missed very much.
Krystal Owenby
April 20, 2020
Paula,
Sending prayers to you and your family for the loss of your beautiful mother. She was such a joy to talk to when she would come into our clinic. She will be missed.
Helen Shaw
Western Carolina Retina
Helen Shaw
April 20, 2020
To all of the family and extent family, my deepest sympathy. Lucia was quite a lady.
Rusty Herman
April 19, 2020
To the family, I am so sorry for your loss . She was a wonderful Lady and a gracious and kind person. I always enjoyed the times I talked with her at Harry's.
Buzz Rhodes
April 19, 2020
Sending my Deepest Sympathy and Love to the entire Family !!!
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