Lucille Dyer
1929 - 2020
{ "" }
Share Lucille's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Lucille Mae Dyer, 90, of Auburn California, formerly of Ottumwa, Iowa, passed away on July 11, 2020.
She was born December 14, 1929 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Joseph and Lavona Dyer.
A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1947, she was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Ottumwa, Des Moines, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. She supervised the development of training for Commercial Development employees. She was on the training staff at the corporate headquarters in Omaha when she retired. The company became USWEST before her retirement in 1983. She moved to California in 1989.
A devout Christian, Lucille was an active member in Stonecroft Ministries since 1970. She was a charter member of Bethany Baptist Church in Ottumwa and was active in churches wherever she lived. She sang in church choirs all her adult life. After moving to Auburn in 2010, she visited several local churches but settled in at the First Congregational Church.
She particularly enjoyed keeping in touch with friends. She was a blood donor in the cities in which she lived and was a Ten Gallon donor in the San Diego Blood Bank.
While living in Auburn, she made many dear friends and was an active member in many local groups, including the Christian Women's Group, Tai Chi, Sewers and Rippers, and served on the board for the local Low Vision group.
Surviving are nephew Paul Cary of Meadow Vista, California; great-nephews Steven Cary and John Cary of Garden Grove, California; great-niece Caitlin Estarza of Carlsbad, California; and great-great-nephew Joshua Cary of Norco, California.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Mildred Cary, brother-in-law Ralph Cary, and nephews Michael Cary and David Cary.
Her ashes will be returned home to Ottumwa, Iowa where she will rest beside her loving parents.
Due to COVID-19, in lieu of a traditional memorial service, we invite you to share your memories/sentiments/photos in her online guestbook at
Published in "Folsom Telegraph, The" on Jul. 18, 2020.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
10 entries
September 14, 2020
Lucille was one of those people you just don’t forget. She lived three houses down the street from me with her parents. This was in Ottumwa and it was the late 50’s and early 60’s. She had a loving heart for the lord and lived her life accordingly. She will be greatly missed.
Richard Dyer
September 7, 2020
We met Lucy in Vista, CA in the 1990s at Tri-City Bible Church. She sang in the choir and always was kind and attentive to our three children. When we were led to be missionaries to Brazil, she took on a little of our support and for the past 25 years, never missed a month's gift to the work. As was mentioned, she was always positive and encouraging in spite of her physical challenges, truly, an inspiring person and we will greatly miss her. But we have confidence of our reunion in heaven. No doubt, she will be singing in the celestial choir. Jesus said: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14.6
Bruce and Carol Dennis
August 22, 2020
Dearest Lucille,
It’s been over a month since you’ve left us and there is still an emptiness in our lives. We miss you every day, especially our 7:00 phone calls every night when we’d chat and recap the day’s events. And whenever the phone rings at the cabin, we look at each other like a deer in headlights since, other than the occasional robocall, you were the only person who called us there. It feels like our lives will never be the same. That said, we know you are much happier where you are now, and no longer in pain. Rest in Peace, Lucille, and as we told you before, you have people who love you on both sides. We have faith, as you did, that someday we’ll all be together.
Lisa & Paul Cary
July 30, 2020
July 26, 2020
Lucille, I will miss not seeing you at Church and at Brookdale. You will always hold a spot in my heart. As we are sister's from the telephone company. You are a gracious lady, your kindness is how I will remember you. May you enjoy your new choir in heaven. Rest in Peace my forever friend. Theresa
Theresa Dilworth
July 25, 2020
I met Lucille through the Congregational Church. She was truly an inspiration. As she met health challenges she just moved forward in a positive way and adjusted to her new circumstances. I remember talking to her an she mentioned her brace was an adjustment. In a later conversation I asked about the brace. She said it's not coming off anytime soon and I've just decided to get used to it. A real inspiration.
Thank you family. I know Lucille appreciated your support.
Donna McGlaughlin
July 23, 2020
Jim and I have many fond memories of Lucy. She was Jim's girlfriend long before me! Lucy and Elizabeth Hunter and Jim used to eat out quite often. I remember Lucy was always a part of the choir. She even sang a couple solos in the 4th of July and Easter cantatas. She was always interested in our children and asked about them. We were sorry to see her move to California. We are comforted by the fact that she's resting in the arms of Jesus.

Karla and Jim Musick
July 20, 2020
We first met in tai chi class but never really talked until her weekly trips for radiation treatments. Lucille was so easy to be with and share ideas (usually political) and experiences with. She kept so active and was an inspiration to us all in tai chi. I will miss her. She was simply a very lovely lady. Blessings to her caring family.
Margie Ballenger
July 20, 2020
Lucilles book Memories by Lucille Dyer was very helpful to the completion of our family tree. In fact I had a nice chat with her last winter. Our grandfather, Howard Clark was her mothers brother and our grandmother, Carrie Clark was her fathers sister. Lucille and Mildred were like the sisters our mother, Dorothy, never had, since she had only brothers. They spent a lot of time together growing up in Iowa. They made some great memories, when life was less complicated and families spent a lot of time together. Our mother visited her cousins a couple times, after Lucile and Lavona moved to California. One of her most memorable was when they had a minor earthquake, and they all waited it out in the bathroom. They will all be together, again, in heaven. Our condolences from Dorothys family, Delores, Rosalie, Gene, Glenda, Janet, Bud, Kathryn and Ted,
Janet Hining
July 19, 2020
My dear friend Lucille, you will be greatly missed. Your positivity and grace was a gift to us all. May you be at peace as you lay to rest with our heavenly father by your side. Your love and your spirit will be with me always, Debbie
Debbie Krizman
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences