Cover photo for Virginia Lucille Eason's Obituary

Virginia Lucille Eason

Virginia Lucille Eason

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 th birthday in February.

Lucille’s parents 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 th 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 th birthday.

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 mid-nineties.

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 great-great-grandchildren.

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.
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