Lucille's Story

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Memorial service for Lucille Meredith will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Charles Ragland will officiate.
Lucille passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the age of 93.
The daughter of Ray and Ethel Swicegood Furnish was born August 16, 1923 in Miami, Oklahoma. She was raised in Miami, where she graduated high school in 1941. Wanting to continue her education, Lucille enrolled at Northeastern A&M College. There she studied English and English literature.
On her weekends off, Lucille enjoyed going out with her friends. One weekend while they were in Spavinaw, she met James Meredith. They would marry on September 24, 1955 at the First Christian Church in Miami. The newlywed couple made their home in Tulsa, where Lucille was working as a book keeper at Bryant's Infant Wear. Over the next several years, Lucille and her family would move to Texas for a short time before arriving to Claremore in 1965. Then she began working in the accounts payable department at Byron Jackson Pump Company in Tulsa.
She quickly became an active part of the Claremore community. Especially when it came to Claremore Public Schools. She volunteered countless hours working as a band booster and sports mom. For years she worked the concession stand during sporting events.
Lucille was also a person who loved to help start and organize events. This talent was quickly noticed when she helped start a chapter of AFS so that a foreign exchange student could come to Claremore. In 1973-74, the Meredith family hosted Alberto Anselmi, Claremore's first foreign exchange student from Italy.
In the summer of 1974, Lucille and her family left Claremore. James had taken a new job working for a bank in Derby, Kansas. The next several years for Lucille and James were spent between Derby and Independence, Kansas. However after he retired in 1988, the couple moved to one of their favorite getaways, Grand Lake. They lived there until moving back to Claremore in 1996 when they rejoined the First Christian Church, transferring their membership back from the First Christian Church in Langley.
Over the years Lucille had many past times. Dancing, fishing, playing bridge, working crossword puzzles and cryptograms were a few of her favorites. She cherished her 70 year membership in the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She and her sister, Lola, "Dinky" Penrod, were instrumental in establishing the organization in Claremore.
To those who knew her, she was the most polite lady. Nice to everyone she encountered, even telemarketers. To others she was a lady who was proud of her family, and would let you know anytime the opportunity presented. To all who knew her she will be loved and missed.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Ethel Furnish; sisters, Bessie Belle Wagner, Betty Dembinski, Jo Nelle King, Lola Penrod and Shirley Furnish.
Survivors include her husband James "Jim" Meredith of Claremore; daughter, Linda Meredith of Claremore; son, Ron Meredith and wife Jean of Wichita, Kansas; adopted son, Alberto Anselmi and wife Grazia and their children from Genoa, Italy; her sister, Carol Sue Stephens of Haysville, Kansas; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 4 nieces and 6 nephews. She is also survived by her brother in law John D. "Jack" Meredith and his two children, Mike (Heidi) and Michelle all of Dallas,Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the First Christian Church.
View and sign Lucille's online tribute at -MMS Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
Published on April 5, 2017
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