COLUMBUS, Kan. - Lucille Starrett died June 25, 2016, at the age of 93, at Communities of the Wildwoods, Joplin, Mo., where she had lived comfortably the past two years
Lucille was born on Aug. 11, 1922, in Miami, Okla. Her parents were Langdon Samuel Heavin and Lola Doty Heavin. Lucille attended all eight grades of elementary school at Tar Valley rural school north of Treece, Kan., then attended Columbus High School, graduating in 1940, with a Normal Training Teachers Certificate. She attended summer schools at Pittsburg College and began teaching in rural schools from 1940-1946.
On Sept. 6, 1942, she married Myrl Dean Starrett, at Caney, Kan., her high school sweetheart and beloved husband for 49 years. He preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1991.
She is also preceded in death by one sister, Betty Lou Stanley; and two brothers, Lenard Heavin and John Heavin.
Survivors include two children, Myra D Hickey and husband, Tommy, of Miami Okla., and John L Starrett and wife, Cindy, of Joplin; two sisters, Margaret Richardson, Baxter Springs Kan., and Rose Eagleson, Nevada Mo.; and one sister-in-law, Amy Heavin, Joplin. Lucille has three grandchildren, Lt. Col. Broc and Katy Starrett, of San Antonio, Texas, Brian Hickey and Jenny, of Miami, and Erica and Tim Gaarder, of Kansas City Mo.; seven great-grandchildren, Halley Hickey, Molly and Jack Starrett, Connor, Kelsey, Sophia, and Lila Gaarder; several nieces and nephews and a host of beautiful friends.
Lucille was baptized May 28, 1939, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, and is a member of Center Christian Church, which she dearly loved.
Lucille from 1968-1976, after raising her children, went on to work at CUHS food services at rural Greenlawn Elementary School. She was a member the Retired School Personnel, Merry Hearts, and active in church at Communities of Wildwood Care Center.
Services are at Center Christian Church, rural Columbus, Wednesday, June 29, at 10 a.m. and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Tom Goettel will officiate. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be given to Center Christian Church.
Arrangements by Derfelt Funeral Home of Columbus.
Published on June 28, 2016