Lucille (Lucy) P. Lehman Daniel died July 1, 2023. She was 103 years old.
Born in Tacoma, Lucy lived in the community of Home until the age of seven. The family moved to California, settling in Santa Barbara, where Lucy graduated from Santa Barbara State College (now the University of California, Santa Barbara) in 1942. She worked in the college registrar’s office throughout her undergraduate years.
Lucy served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant. She married in 1946 and resumed her work in the registrar’s office at UCSB. She transferred to the dean’s office in 1957 and continued working there until her retirement in 1975. Her career spanned 38 years and seven deans.
After retirement, Lucy returned to her childhood roots in Washington, making her home at Horseshoe Lake in Port Orchard. In September 1975, she began a second career at the University of Puget Sound Law School. She retired again in 1982.
Lucy enjoyed activities with The Mountaineers and the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Most recently, she was a member of the Evergreen Chapter of Women Marines, Friends of the Key Center Library, American Association of University Women, and the Key Peninsula Historical Society. She spent several years as president and served on the board of directors of the Lakebay Cemetery Association.
She traveled extensively, including in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Japan, North America and Europe. Lucy’s perpetual optimism and vitality brought joy to family and friends. Her radiance improved the lives of all she touched. She enjoyed a wide circle of friends, including those in foreign lands.
Lucy is survived by her niece, Barb Ryder; great-nieces Erin and Kelly; and several cousins. Her sister Gloria Strittmatter preceded her in death as did her parents, Pearl and Harry Lehman.
Remembrances may be made to the Minerva Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 2705, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.
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