February 8, 1915 –
June 17, 2015
Lucille, daughter of Oscar D. and Mattie L. (Dabbs)
Hickerson, was born on February 8, 1915, in Martin, Tennessee. She was the
oldest of five children. She died on June 17, 2015, having celebrated her 100
birthday in February.
moved from Tennessee to Idaho in 1916 and lived briefly near the Ourada ranch
below Stack Rock before settling in Boise, where she spent her childhood at the
family home at 29
Street and Gavin. She attended Lowell School and
graduated from Boise High School in 1933. She is the stand-up part of the E in
the well-known photo of the 1933 BHS tumbling team spelling out the word BOISE.
She was inducted into the Boise High School Hall of Fame for her 100
After high school, Lucille attended Northwest Nazarene
College for several semesters. She worked as a long-distance operator for
Mountain Bell, a bank switchboard operator, and briefly as a substitute teacher
at North Junior High School. She was a stay-at-home mom for most of the years
her children were home. She was involved in a number of community activities,
most notably as a volunteer at the St. Luke’s Gift Shop, where she worked
thousands of hours over the course of several decades.
While at NNC (now NNU), Lucille met Al Eason, an NNC student
and athlete. They were married in the chapel of NNC in a double wedding
ceremony with good friends Cecil and Margaret Dobbs on May 22, 1937. Lucille then moved with Al as he assumed
several teaching positions in western Idaho before moving to Boise. After serving in the Army during World War
II, Al apprenticed as a carpenter with Bill Wood and Gaylord Heller and built
the Eason family home on Heights Drive, where Lucille resided until her
Lucille is survived by son Bill Eason and wife Denise
(Anchorage, Alaska), daughter Karen Eason Fraley and husband Jim (Boise),
grandchildren Kathryn Eason and Valerie Eason Shelquist (Tucson, Arizona) and
Shannon Eason Hansen (Spirit Lake, Idaho), Camille Fraley and JuliAnne Fraley
Bronner (Boise), Mike Fraley (Reno, Nevada) and Jenny Eason (Cedar Rapids, Nebraska).
She also is survived by 12 great-grandchildren and 3
She was preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Mattie
Hickerson, husband Al Eason, son Bob Eason, brothers George, Oscar, Jr., Paul
and Charlie, and granddaughter Mari Hipsak.
The family thanks the staff at Valley View Assisted Living
for the loving and quality care they provided for Lucille, St. Luke’s Hospice, Lucille’s
neighbors on Heights Drive, and her friends and relatives who dropped in to
check on her.
A viewing for Lucille will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday,
June 21, followed by a memorial service at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel at 11:00
a.m. on Monday, June 22, with internment at Dry Creek Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, the family suggests donations to Northwest Nazarene University or the
charity of your choice.