Evelyn Lucille Oates “Lucy,” age 90, entered the Gates of Heaven on January 11, 2013.

Lucille was born in Toboso, Ohio on August 17, 1922, the youngest of six children and only daughter of Jacob and Eliza Thompson. The family moved to Bridgeport in 1936 and she was a graduate of Bassick High School in 1937.

In her youth, she began a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and her legacy of faith has left its imprint on each succeeding generation of our family. Lucille also loved to sing and also played the French horn in the Salvation Army Band.

In 1944, Lucy married her longtime sweetheart, “Freddie” Oates after he returned from service in WWII. She remained a devoted wife until his death in 1979.

During those years, they raised a family of three and owned South Avenue Variety in Stratford. She was retired from Riccio’s Pharmacy in Bridgeport.

Lucille was a longstanding and faithful member of White Oak Baptist Church in Stratford. In addition, she participated in the Ahrens Program at the Milford Senior Center and was an avid sports fan who loved to watch the Mets, Giants, Rangers and Knicks play.

A devoted mother to Eleanor Griffin, wife of Harry Griffin of Milford, Fred Oates “Butch” of Milford, and Kenneth Oates and his wife Katie of Virginia and loving mother-in-law of Ray Willis of Florida. She was a wonderful grandmother “Nanny” to Richard, Raymond and his wife Dawn, Kim and her husband Dave, Rob and his wife Krista, Renee, James, Shannon and John. A proud great grandmother to Ricky, Rachelle, Seth, Raymond, Davey, Olivia, Rebekkah, Sam, Kayla, Matthew and Joshua and the great, great grandmother to Joshua, Kira, Morgan and Jaden.

A memorial service to celebrate Lucille’s life will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11am, at Grace Baptist Church, 400 Burnt Plains Road in Milford. Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, 135 Broad St., Milford is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring to make a donation in Lucille’s memory can be made to: Hospice Masonicare, 22 Masonic Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492 or The Ahren’s Program, c/o Milford Senior Center, Jepson Drive, Milford, CT 06460.

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