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Lucille Cecile Lopez Santos

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Lucille Cecile Lopez Santos Obituary
September 20, 1925 - February 10, 2016
Dr. Lucille Cecile Lopez Santos left this life and found her greater glory on February 10, 2016 in San Antonio. She was born ninety years ago in Laredo, TX and spent the first years of her life in Cotulla, TX, where her father owned a grocery store.

Lucille was preceded in death by her adored husband of 48 years, Juan José ("Johnny") Santos who passed away in 1998. She was the last of her Lopez siblings to die, preceded by Lily Amanda, Leo, Ludovico, Lauro, and Lydia.

She is survived by her three sons and their spouses: Drs. George and Cindy Santos, Charles Santos and Dr. Richard Bond, and John Phillip and Frances Santos, and their daughter Francesca de la Luz. It was one of Lucille's greatest joys in this life to greet the birth of her granddaughter five years ago.

Throughout her long life of love, care and extraordinary professional accomplishments, Lucille was a beloved daughter, sister, wife and mother, as well as becoming a trailblazer in the field of education where she served as a Classroom Teacher, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent in the Edgewood and San Antonio Independent School Districts. She was also a Professor of Education at Incarnate Word College for a time in the 1970s.

Lucille was a proud graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University, and later attained her Doctorate in Education from Nova University.

She led an active public life in the arenas of education, politics and advocacy on behalf of the disadvantaged, regularly consulting with politicos and elected officials on behalf of her most passionate causes---public education and boosting opportunities for the Mexican American community. Lucille was lifelong friend of Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez, and knew Lyndon Baines Johnson dating back to his time as a teacher in Cotulla in the 1920s. President Johnson and Jimmy Carter both named her to White House Commissions on Educational issues, and Lucille was justly proud of how her unprecedented achievements as a woman in the field of education helped open the way for all the women who have succeeded her.

Amidst all of her professional achievements, Lucille was always committed to time with her family and a wide circle of friends, sharing humor and fiesta, celebrating the rich panorama of Mexican American cultura. Always extolling the values of education and public service with her sons, she spurred their successes as a Rhodes Scholar, a Psychiatrist, and an internationally recognized Performing Arts producer. Indeed, she took more pride in their accomplishments than in her own extraordinary career.

We will always hold her memory close to our hearts, remembering her exemplary life as a model for a way to live selflessly, in service to others.

A visitation will begin at 6:30 pm, with the praying of the Rosary at 7:00pm, will take place at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough, on Sunday, February 21, 2016. On Monday, February 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm, the Funeral Mass will be held at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 700 Dewhurst Rd. with interment to follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
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Published in Express-News on Feb. 17, 2016
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