Lucille Rudd Magnuson was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 15, 1920. She moved with her parents to Tacoma, Wash., as an infant and graduated from Lincoln High School there. She studied piano and accordion, performing for recitals and entertaining at Tacoma social banquets as well as conventions and for recreation groups at Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier National Park. She was an active member of the Nomellini Accordion Band in Tacoma.
Lucille married Cloyd H. Magnuson in 1938 in Tacoma. Their son, Robin, was born in 1940 in Tacoma. They divorced in 1941.
Lucille married Robert E. Magnuson in 1943 in Seattle, Wash., and they then moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and later to Idaho Falls, Idaho, where daughter Dee and son Dana were born. The family settled in Kendrick, Idaho, in 1947, where two more children, son, Lee, and daughter, Gisele, were born.
Lucille maintained her lifelong interest in music activities, teaching many piano and accordion students and presenting annual recitals until 1976. In 1969 she became a charter member of Lewis Clark Sweet Adeline Chorus, now Inland Harmony Show Chorus. As a member of the Kendrick United Methodist Church, she enjoyed singing in the choir and helping at Sunday School as well as participating in women’s activities, and has valued her membership in the Kendrick and Moscow United Methodist Churches.
Lucille continued to write poems and stories as she and Robert raised their active family. When all the children reached school age, she accepted employment as a postal clerk in Kendrick, also acting as Lewiston Morning Tribune correspondent for the Kendrick area from 1974 through 1978. She also published several books of her poetry as well as a collection of articles written for and published in the Lewiston Morning Tribune during her tenure there. The book is titled “Food and People of Latah County.”
Lucille was twice president of Gem State Writers’ Guild, an active member of the Parent Teacher Association, volunteered often at Kendrick’s Golden Sunset Senior Citizen Center and Moscow’s Friendly Neighbors Club, as well as serving as a board member of the Latah County Historical Society and the Latah County Library board and volunteering at the Moscow office of United Way.
After Robert suffered a severe stroke in 1990, Lucille moved to Moscow to be nearer to him at Latah Care Center. Robert died in 1996.
Lucille is survived by children, Robin, Dee, Dana, Lee and Gisele; as well as eight grandchildren, Heather Morton, Lenea Pierzchanowski, Heidi Morton, Josh Magnuson, Roberta Bottelli, Seth Magnuson, Anna Magnuson and Robert Magnuson; and nine great-grandchildren.
In 2010, Lucille moved to Clark House Assisted Living in Moscow, where she enjoyed the efficient help and pleasant facility. She continued to play her Baldwin organ, which moved with her, and took part in exercise programs and art activities. She continued to write her poetry and has been a regular and long-standing contributor of poems to the Lewiston Tribune Golden Times.
Lucille leaves behind many poems, stories, books, musical instruments, books of music and songs, tapes of offspring’s’ recordings, souvenirs of exciting travels, scrapbooks and photo albums. All are decorated with butterflies, which she admired. Lucille says farewell to joys of family with generous love and smiling countenances.
Lucille requests that her remains be cremated and her ashes scattered in Windy Bay, Idaho, and Commencement Bay, Wash., and that no formal funeral is held.
There will be a MEMORIAL NOTICE for family and friends:
Clark Place Assisted Living facility is hosting a memorial, in their Fireplace/Living Room, 1401 No. Polk Extension, Moscow, for Lucille Magnuson on Saturday, December 20, at 2:00pm. Rev. Sue Ostrom, of the Moscow United Methodist Church, will assist in remembering Mrs. Magnuson. Refreshments will be provided.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.