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Lucille Claudette Nelsen

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Lucy Nelsen

Lucille Claudette Nelsen was born in Manchester, NH on March 27, 1945. She resided with her parents Henry and Graziella Doucet and her 8 siblings on a farm where they passed time chasing the pigs and swinging on a big swing hung from a tree. The family dining restaurant in NH was named after her "Lucille's." In 1960, at the age of 16 she moved to Los Angeles with her family where she attended Leuzinger High School. At age 20 she married Michael Pusich and had two children Scott and Pamela Pusich. She later divorced and never re-married.
Lucy dedicated the majority of her life caring for children, first her own, but then for many others. She had her own business, Lucy Nelsen Day Care, which was run in her own home. She was in the Child Care business 47 years, 37 of those in the city of Manhattan Beach. She really appreciated the city of Manhattan Beach and was proud she provided such a beautiful location for her clients.
Much to her dismay, she retired in October 2014, just months before turning 70 years old, due to a few health concerns. She positively impacted the lives of the families of hundreds of children she raised from infants until ready for kindergarten. In many instances she watched generations of children for the same family, and more often than not siblings of previous children she had in years prior. She took great pride in the amazing family style environment she provided that was a unique and distinct mix of discipline, love and education as she prepared the young ones for school. Many of the children she watched would return to visit her after they had been in school and were always stellar students.
In her free time and in her younger years Lucy was a Harley Davidson and Rock 'N Roll advocate. She rode a Harley for over 20 years and kept it shiny and in photo ready condition. If she wasn't riding her Harley, you could always find her in her 1987 black Trans Am, t-top. She loved to travel across the US to visit her family. Lucy enjoyed hanging out with family and sharing a homemade meal, a glass of wine, and plenty of laughs. She preferred to start every morning with a fresh cup of coffee! She was an extremely hard worker and contributor. At any family function she could always be found scrubbing away in the kitchen. She rarely would come for a visit empty handed, always bringing thoughtful small gifts of love, and wanting to help with chores or any work around the house. Lucy also collected Native American and Western memorabilia that she displayed in her home.
Lucy passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2015 in the afternoon at Providence Transitional Care Facility in Torrance. She had just spent the afternoon visiting with her children, sister, nieces and nephews and passed quietly and calmly in her sleep. She is survived by her sisters, Pauline Hoskins and Jeanine Thomas; her son, Scott Pusich; and daughter, Pamela Pusich; and many nieces and nephews throughout the US (CA, CO, IL, ME, NH, OR, TX, VT). She was not one who ever wanted the attention on her, and so as to respect her wishes there will only be a very private family event in her memory. Lucy will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all those whose lives she blessed with her sense of humor, generosity and loving soul. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Sept. 19, 2015
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