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Lucille Deccio

Feb 26, 1922 - Oct 14, 2017
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      Surrounded by loved ones and wrapped in the peace of the Blessed Mother, Lucille Pauline Dexter Deccio of Yakima, Washington went home to her Lord on October 14, 2017. The eldest of five children, Lucille was born February 26, 1922 in Mile City, Montana to Paul C. and Leta (Eaton) Dexter.  Creative and earnest, she found her calling at an early age. Named “queen of the posture parade” by her teachers and classmates at Lincoln Barge Elementary School, young Lucille’s natural poise and leadership were hallmarks of a life that spanned ninety-five years.

     A woman of many gifts, she sang alto in her church choir and performed as pianist for live radio broadcasts. After graduating from Yakima High School, she completed her education at Whitman Business College and took a job at the County Courthouse. That step proved providential when a matchmaking colleague introduced the pretty new file clerk to her wavy-haired cousin, Alex Deccio. The couple married on February 22, 1946, and established lifelong roots in Yakima.
     A devoted and energetic mother, Lucille embraced parenting as she and Alex brought eight children into the world. With a warm and ready smile, she welcomed the lively stream of extended family, friends and after-school playmates to their home. All comers found a place at the table and the matriarch didn’t stand on ceremony – anyone parked in her kitchen was handed a dishtowel and given a task!
     Guiding her children with steadfast faith and devotion to the rosary, spirituality was the cornerstone of Lucille’s quiet strength. A devout member of Holy Family Catholic Church, she shared and deepened her faith in a home Bible study group for fifteen years.
     For decades, the wife of a prominent state senator and businessman, Lucille balanced the needs of her growing family with community service and civic endeavors. While home was the centerpiece of her life, she became a tireless volunteer for the American Cancer Society following the untimely death of her daughter Janet in 1975. That tragic loss prompted a lifelong commitment to hospice care. Lucille shared countless hours with patients and grieving families, offering an encouraging ear, a kind word and quiet prayer to anyone in need.
     An avid traveler who delighted in exploring countries across the globe, Lucille cherished summer vacations on the Oregon coast. The annual trek to Cannon Beach became Deccio tradition after she and Alex spent their honeymoon there, a starry-eyed couple on a budget. In addition to her love of swimming, Lucille found joy in antiques and spring gardening.
     Despite increasing physical challenges in recent years, Lucille’s intrepid spirit and passion for life prevailed. Just days before her passing on October 14, she enjoyed two trips to the Central Washington Fair. Still going for the gold at ninety-five, Lucille capped off those outings with a spin on the Ferris wheel! Her joie de vivre and boundless love have blessed this world beyond measure. With enduring grace and unwavering devotion, Lucille Deccio will forever inspire and guide our lives.
     Survivors include her children and their spouses, Barbara and Rick Ogle of LaPort, Indiana, James Deccio of San Mateo, California, Carol and Berry Wright of Yakima, Richard and Janet Deccio of Seattle, Patty Deccio of Yakima, Teresa and Steve Kruschke of Pasco and Cathy Chandler of Yakima; fifteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren; also a brother Harold and wife Nancy Dexter of Yakima, and a sister Maxine and husband Fred Schauer of Woodland Hills, California. She was preceded in death by her parents, by husband Alex Deccio, daughter Janet Deccio, sisters Barbara Dexter and Shirley Turnipseed, and one grandson, Berry Wright, III.
Vigil services will be held in the chapel of Holy Family Catholic Church on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at Holy Family Catholic Church on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a reception in the gathering hall at Holy Family. A private graveside service will be held at Calvary Cemetery.   Memorial contributions may be made to LaSalle High School, St. Joseph/Marquette Schools, St. Paul School, or to St. Jude Research Hospital, in care of Brookside Funeral Home (P.O. Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936).

Funeral Information

Funeral service

Oct 23, 2017:10:30 am

Holy Family Catholic Church