Lucille Chapin

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Frances Lucille Thomasson Chapin, 89, of Waco, Texas, passed away July 7, 2011, at Providence Hospital in Waco. Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Stilwell Retirement Center in Waco.

Lucille was born Oct. 12, 1921, the daughter of Samuel and Wonnie Weeks Thomasson in Douglas, Ariz. She married Ross Chapin July 31, 1942. She was a graduate of Arizona State University with a teaching degree. She attended SMU-Dallas where she received her Master’s degree in Liberal Arts. She particularly loved studying the Russian language.

Lucille lived most of her life in Dallas. She later moved to Waco, in 2000, to the Stilwell Retirement Center.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren affectionately called her Gram. Gram loved everyone and was a wonderful, gracious lady. She attended Royal Haven Baptist Church while she lived in Dallas, and loved reading her Bible. She was also an avid Bridge player.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; her former : husband, Ross Charles Chapin who died March 25, 2011, in Horseshoe Bay, Texas; two brothers, Cecil and Richard Thomasson of Douglas, Ariz.; and a niece, Nina Lee Harris of Arizona.

Lucille Chapin is survived by her son, Richard and his wife, Janet, formerly of Waco, currently of Fairmont, W.Va.; grandchildren, Robert Chapin of Irving, and Julie and John Conway of LaFayette, Ky.; great-grandchildren, Emma and, Charlie Conway of LaFayette, and Edith and Mike Clark of Mission, Texas; brother, William Thomasson of Gilbert, Ariz.; and many wonderful nieces and nephews who visited and whose company Lucille enjoyed immensely.

Memorials/Remembrances may be sent to Stilwell Retirement Center, 5400: Laurel Lake Drive, Waco, TX 76710, in lieu of flowers.

Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

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  1. Anna Belle Thomasson Benning

    Wish I could have met this lady. She is my aunt also. I am the daughter of LeRoy Thomasson

  2. Christy (Thomasson) Johnson

    Aunt Lucille was one of the most elegant ladies I have ever known. When ever I visited her, she was a great hostess and always made me laugh. I will always be grateful for the memories. My heart goes out to Rick, Janet and family.

  3. May you find comfort in knowing Lucille is with our Lord. My prayers are with your family.

  4. Edith & Mike Clark

    Lucille was always one of the favorite people in our lives. She always had faith in me when I was not real sure of myself,and I loved her dearly.

  5. Gabe & Lori Caudill

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Richard and Janet at their time of grief. We pray they have safe journeys between West Virginia and Texas.

  6. J. J. Bowling-Morton

    Janet- My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Gram was a wonderful woman. She treated me like I was one of her grandchildren. She is and will be missed..May God watch over her and keep her close.

  8. To Richard, Janet and family, Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God bring peace to you and many fond memories to reflect upon at this time. One day you will see her again, oh glorious day.

  9. I will always remember my first meeting with Sam’s Aunt Lucille – over 25 years ago. I was a young bride, and really nervous, because I knew Sam held her in such high esteem. She was so kind to me and I have always thought her to be one of the most gracious ladies I have ever known. She was truly a beautiful, refined, special lady.

  10. I met Lucille 39 years ago, she took me into the family and made me feel loved. I know she is with God and in a better place. God keep her close to your arms.I will always miss her.

  11. Ralph and Vivian Boyle

    What a surprise this was to us and we are sure to Richard and family. We remember how sweet she was to our children Amanda and Duncan as we visited her in her home in Dallas and also went to visit her in Waco. She was lovely and gracious as she introduced us to her fellow teacher friends and was so proud of her apartment/room. For the family we want to express that Jesus is the hope in the dawn of each day, The feeling of joy that keeps sadness away, The undying love that brings light to the soul, The caring and comfort that heal and make us whole.Hope you find comfort knowing that your loved one is at rest with the Lord Jesus. With our Deepest Sympathy. Ralph & Vivian

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