Obituary: Lucille Rawls

Lucille Rawls

Lucille Rawls

Lucille Candace Rawls, 91, of Kingman left us to take her journey home at 4 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012. Lucille was born Aug. 16, 1920, in Electra, Texas, to Ira Mitchell Freeman and Cora Belle Bullington Freeman.

She married Raymond Rawls in October 1937 when she was 17; they were married 48 years before his passing. They lived in San Saba County, Texas, and were living in Kerrville, Texas, when Raymond joined the Navy and went to San Diego. Lucille and Ramona followed Raymond to California where Lucille went to work for Consolidated Aircraft. While the men were at war, the women kept the country working. This made her a "Rosie the Riveter," which is a great title for the war wives and women.

After Raymond was discharged they returned to Kerrville and raised their two girls, Ramona and Sharon. In 1958, Lucille went to work for the VA hospital for 30 years, retiring to Kingman to be close to Sharon and her family.

Lucille was a Christian and loved the Lord. She loved the Diamondbacks baseball team, her family and video poker. She was very generous, and giving was something she loved to do.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; her daughter, Ramona; her granddaughter, Celia; stepson, Royce; stepdaughter-in-law, Marie Rawls; four brothers; two sisters; and her 10-year companion, Coy Richardson. Survivors are her daughter, Sharon (Larry) Rawls Butler; granddaughters, Candice (David) Huerta, Barbara (Chris) Corlis, Robin (Mike) Handley, Elaine Schabb, and Sherelynne Day; grandson, Ray (Donnell) Butler; 20 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren (including two new ones, Evan Huerta, 18 months, and Addison Huerta, 1 month). She is also survived by one sister, Ruby Stanton; nieces, Linda Cross, Lou Hogner, Irene Houser and Paula Hendrix; and many more nieces and nephews.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at Canyon Community Church, 3270 N. Harvard St., with Pastor Kent Simmons officiating. A reception will follow.