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Lucille Therese Anderson

October 12, 1924 - July 9, 2011

Lucille Therese Anderson was born on October 12, 1924 in a small farmhouse located in St. Eugene, Quebec, Canada to Arthur and Cora (Lenoire) Garre. Five brothers followed and Lucille was in her teens by the time a sister finally came along. Lucille was helping with housework and caring for her brothers by the time she…read more

Lucille Therese Anderson was born on October 12, 1924 in a small farmhouse located in St. Eugene, Quebec, Canada to Arthur and Cora (Lenoire) Garre. Five brothers followed and Lucille was in her teens by the time a sister finally came along. Lucille was helping with housework and caring for her brothers by the time she was 5 years old so that her mother could help their father with the farming, going to market, etc. She learned to milk cows, butcher chickens, cook and help with the sewing. In later years, her brothers loved to reminisce about how they “tormented” their big sister in various ways. These included things like stealing from the “mountain” of potatoes she had to peel for dinner (they would slice them and stick them to the stove to make potato chips) and stealing the fudge she would make to serve to “boyfriends” that would come to call on Sunday evenings. Lucille was the oldest of 10 children that included 7 boys and 3 girls. (One of her brother, Joseph died at birth.) Her brothers are Robert, Camille (who died in an accident at age 10), Lucien (deceased), Gilles, Rene and Marcel. Her sisters are Suzanne and Gisele. When Lucille was about 19, her parents decided to move the family to Hartford, Connecticut. There she met her future husband, Paul Emile Cliche where she was working at a factory that made typewriters. They were married on May 14, 1948. Two years later, Paul took his young bride and six month old daughter, Louise, to California. It was only supposed to be for a year so that Paul could take some occupational classes under a government program. Lucille liked the idea of going to California. She thought it would be an adventure. Times were hard for the little family at first since there was little money while Paul went to school and worked part time. It was also difficult for Lucille since she only spoke French and missed her parents and siblings. Paul eventually found a good job with a logging company in the Big Bear area. It kept him away from home a lot of the time, but they managed. Things were looking up as they had just been able to buy a house and a car when Paul was tragically killed in a work-related accident. Two years later, Lucille met Edward Peter Anderson Jr. where she worked at a company that made aircraft for the military. Lucille often joked that her job back then was being a “Rosie the Riveter” since she was putting rivets in aircraft canopies. Pete’s coworkers were teasing him that he couldn’t date the widow. Lucille eventually agreed to go out on a date with home on her birthday if he would take her to the Moulin Rouge, a night club in Hollywood. They continued to date and eventually were married. Pete loved Louise and raised her as his own. They were soon blessed with another daughter, Susan. Lucille enjoyed being a homemaker. She was quite the accomplished seamstress and enjoyed making everything from her daughters’ clothes to curtains for the windows. She loved interior decorating. She took classes at the local community college and received an Associates Degree in Interior Design. She also enjoyed other hobbies such as reading and doing gardening. Her daughter, Louise, married Robert Hilton and moved to Bowman, ND. Louise loved it when her mom would come to visit. They would always find some new decorating project to do. Lucille was a very devout Christian. She attended mass at St. Margaret Mary Catholic church in Lomita, CA every Sunday. She had a prayer group that met weekly in her home for a number of years, plus she was very devoted to saying the rosary and the chaplet of the Divine Mercy. She donated money for several years to help support a seminarian who eventually took his vows to become a priest. She did several religious trips which included the Holy Land, Medjugorge in Yugoslavia and Lourdes, France. Lucille also joined a devotional group called the third order Carmelites. Pete was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease–a degenerative muscle disease) in 1988. She and Susan cared for him as the disease progressed from cane to walker to wheelchair to being bedridden on a feeding tube over the next nine years till he passed away in 1996. Lucille is preceded in death by her first husband, Paul Cliche; her second husband, Edward “Pete” Anderson Jr.; brothers Joseph, Camille, and Lucien; her parents, Arthur and Cora. Lucille is survived by her daughters Louise (Robert) Hilton, Bowman, ND,; Susan Anderson, Lomita, CA,; grandchildren John (Holly) Alastra, Helena, MT,; Kevin (Brooks) Hilton, Bowman, ND.; Melissa Hilton and fiance, Zac Eslinger, Bowman, ND.; four grandsons Taylor Alastra, Ryder Alastra, Braeden Wallenberg, and Jakob Hilton; four brothers and two sisters; plus many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:00 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, in Lomita, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, in Culver City. Family assisted by A. M. Gamby Funeral Home, Lomita, CA.

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