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Lucile L. Darcy
Fairfield, CT The Darcy family announces with enduring sadness the passing of their adored mother, Lucile Aimee Lebowich "Lulu" Darcy on Sept. 3rd. Lucile, born in Bridgeport, CT, Sept. 20, 1924, the only child of the late Esther E. Cohen Lebowich and Nathan A. Lebowich, was the wife of the late John J. Darcy, former town attorney in the administration of the late Hon. John J. Sullivan. Lucile leaves behind her children Jonathan, Martha (Gerald), Sam (Tracey), Eve (Patrick), granddaughter Clare, and grandson Nathanial as well as a legion of devoted family and friends. Lucile passed away at home, surrounded by love. She delighted in watching the egrets, red-winged blackbirds, hawks, and sunsets from her deck overlooking the marsh near Long Island Sound.
Lucile attended Fannie Smith kindergarten, Madison School, and Sheridan School, all in Bridgeport. Moving with her parents to Oakland, CA during the early years of the Great Depression, she attended Washington Grammar School and Claremont Junior High. On the return east in 1937, she attended Congress Junior High in Bridgeport, and Orange High School in Orange, NJ where she met John. After graduating in 1941 as class salutatorian, at age 16 she was accepted and entered Connecticut College for Women in New London, CT, Class of 1945, graduating with a B.A. in sociology. During the war, among other activities, Lucile was a member of the Aircraft Warning Service.
When John returned from service in the US Marines, he and Lucile married on August 1, 1946, settling in Berkeley, CA where Lucile did graduate studies in sociology with Robert Nisbet and continued her progressive political involvement including her support of Henry Wallace and her opposition to the Taft Hartley Act. Returning to Fairfield, John received his law degree from NYU Law School and their first two children were born, followed by the twins. Lucile became involved with and served on the board of the League of Women Voters, the Fairfield Federation of Democratic Women, Young Democrats of CT. She was a fierce supporter of civil rights organizations including CORE in the '60s and '70s, Fair Housing of CT in the '70s, War Resisters League, American Committee on Africa, Abie Nathan's Peace NOW, Intergroup Council of Bridgeport, Brandeis National Women's Committee, Friend of Lois W, AFG, and served as a volunteer counselor at Planned Parenthood of Bridgeport. She loved traveling, birding, listening to jazz with John, her life at the beach, and most of all, she adored her family to whom she left a legacy of resilience in crisis, determination, and a wicked sense of humor. Her quiet modesty underscored a lifelong commitment to personal growth and service. Lucile leaves behind many who benefited from her experience, strength, and wisdom.
The family acknowledges with abiding gratitude Nada Charles for her loving care of Lucile. We also thank caregivers AnnMarie Johnson and LaMiecha Sharpe.
A memorial service will be held in the coming weeks. Details will follow on legacy.com. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation to a in her name.
Published in Connecticut Post from Sept. 5 to Sept. 6, 2018
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