Lucille Irma Hamilton
Birth Date: August 27, 1909
Death Date: November 29, 2015
Lucille Irma Franklin Anderson Hamilton was born on August 27, 1909. She passed away in RedBluff, on November 29, 2015 at the age of 106.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Hancock Franklin and Hulda Margaret (Whitson) Franklin; her first husband, Frank Anderson, her second husband, Chet Hamilton, and siblings, Elizabeth Franklin ( who died at birth ), Ida Bell Franklin ( who died at age 5 years old ), Juanita Soliz, Evelyn Kimler, and Charles Franklin.
She is survived by siblings, Dorothy Drake and Norma Villanueva, both residents of Redbluff, Ca; her son, Darrell Anderson and his wife, Chris, of Sagle, Idaho; and four grandchildren, Steven Anderson of Oroville, Ca; Stephanie Anderson of Lake Tahoe, Ca; Trevor Anderon and Kimberly Anderson of Sagle, Idaho.
Aditionally, Lucille was surrounded by many, many nieces and nephews, not to mention, the many who were not related by “blood”, but claimed her as their aunt, regardless.
Lucille was born in the small farming community of Cisne, Illinois during the presidential term of William Howard Taff. “Shine on Harvest Moon” was playing on every radio.
Going to town as a little girl was done by horse drawn buggy, knowing the horses would be ‘spooked’ by the motor cars that were becoming popular, Lucille’s father would pull to the side of the road, and place his coat over the horse’s head until the motor car had passed by. Otherwise, the sound of the motor car would send the horse off through the field.
Lucille’s first job was in a shoe factory, and then later, in a garment factory. Her calling, however, was to be a caregiver. During the late 1920, she took up employment in Flora, Illinois, about 20 miles north of Cisne, caring for an elderly client, and 3 bachelor brothers. It was there that she met and fell in love, with Frank Anderson, the youngest brother. They married on December 26th, 1932, which happened to be Frank’s birthday. They were married 47 years. Frank died in April, 1979, and is buried here at Sunset Lawns.
Lucille and Frank moved west, and settled in Rio Linda, Ca in 1975. They lived in the little red house, across from the Egg Ranch for a time. Many a day, you could find Frank and Lucille working around the ranch, helping out wherevever needed.
After a couple years, they returned to Illinois, where Frank passed away. Lucille then returned to Rio Linda to be near family. She lived in the little red house behind the Egg Ranch.
In hre 80’s, Lucille married Chet Hamilton. It was a brief marriage, and Lucille was once again a widow after just 2 years.
She was a long-standing member of the Rio Linda First Baptist Church.
When the egg ranch closed down in Rio Linda, Lucille moved to Oroville, where she lived for 14 years, spending many hours caring for, and dotting over neighbors in the Mobile Home Park.
In 2015, she moved to Redbluff, where her two sisters ( Dorothy and Norma ) also took up residence. The last 3 years of her life were spent living at the Redbluff Nursing Care Home where she quietly shared her faith with those around her.
At 105, Lucille’s story was featured in the Redbluff Daily Newspaper, claiming that she may very well be the oldest living resident in Tehama County.
Her memory was amazing, her smile contagious, and her faith, strong. She loved singing the favorite hymns of the church.
On one particular October day in 2014, Jeanne and I were visiting Aunt Ceil. She requested we take her down to the BIG room so we could sing hymns. With guitar in hand, I led out in one hymn after another. All the while, Aunt Ceil sang, eyes closed, not missing one single word. Many residents and caregivers had gathered close, just to try and hear her singing. Then, as if turning off a water spigot, she raised a finger, and said, “I’m tired now, I need to rest for a while”. She knew her limits… and that was it. We took her back to her room, and tucked her in, and with a back-handed wave… she said “good-bye”
Lucille credited her long and happy life to the fact that she lived by the “early to bed, early to rise” rule. It also helped that she came from a family of longevity, as both her parents lived to be quite old. And as a life-long Baptist, she credits the happiness in her life to Jesus. She wasn’t afraid to let anyone know that her faith was very important part of her life. She really lived!!!