Anna Lucille Youngblood Kleckner Lemmon passed away on March 26, 2012, at her home in Durango, Colo., surrounded by her family and loving caregivers.
Born June 22, 1919, to James William and Myrtie Sloan Youngblood, Lucille was the fifth of six children, Charlie, Walter, Pauline, Nellie and Goldie. She was a graduate of Pagosa Springs High School. On Dec. 24, 1936, Lucille married George Walter Kleckner and they had three sons, Dennis, Roger and Scott. George was a Hinsdale County Comissioner, and they spent the war years running the family ranch in the Upper Piedra. George was killed in a plane crash in Lake City, Colo., on Oct. 4, 1962.
Lucille was very involved in the Pagosa Springs community. Besides working at the Pagosa Springs schools and driving the school bus on the Upper Piedra route, she was a charter member of the Archuleta County CowBelles, worked on the establishment of the San Juan Historical Society and History Museum. Lucille was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, the Sarah Rebekah Lodge No. 20, and the Order of the Eastern Star in both Pagosa Springs and Durango. She was the Education Secretary for the Job Corps, the Office Manager of the Citizens Utilities Gas Company and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
In 1975, Lucille moved to Durango where she was the quality control manager of the Four Corners Sheltered Workshop. On June 20, 1977, she married C. Arthur Lemmon and they lived happily in Durango and in Yuma, Ariz., for 34 years. She was a volunteer for Hospice of Yuma and was a founding member of the Mountain Shadows Artist Guild in Yuma, Ariz.
Lucille loved the flowers in her yard, her many friends and especially her family. She is survived by her husband, Art Lemmon, her sister, Goldie Humes of San Diego, Calif.; her sons, Dennis and wife, Susie, of Pagosa Springs, Roger of Cuba, N.M. and Scott of Yonders, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Kristine Kleckner Purrington, George Kleckner, Russell Sinclair, Nicole Kleckner Hoover, Sarah Kleckner, Beth Kleckner; her great grandchildren, Julia Purrington, Wyatt and Dalton Hoover and her new namesake, Lucille Kleckner; many nephews, nieces and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 30, at 10 a.m. at Hood Mortuary in Durango, Colo. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301.