Lucille Bacon passed away peacefully in her home in the Salishan Resort Community in Gleneden Beach, Oregon, on Monday, June 10, of congestive heart failure, at 91 years old.
Lucille was the first child of Florence and George R. Grant, Sr., born on July 19, 1927 in Butte, Montana during the roaring twenties. While she was named for her mother, she was always called “Lucille”, never Lucy. Her hardscrabble childhood during the Great Depression and Second World War gave her the gifts of resilience and grit that served her well during her more than nine decades.
After graduating from Butte High School in 1945, she worked in clerical jobs in Butte before moving to San Francisco, California, where her cousin Anne Hart had moved with her husband several years prior. She quickly found an entry level position with power giant Pacific, Gas and Electric Company (P. G. and E.) where she stayed for her entire career. In the nearly forty years before her retirement in 1989, Lucille was promoted many times, eventually retiring as one of the most senior level women in the company.
Her first marriage to entrepreneur, John Squires, ended in divorce. She married Alan Bacon in 1977, to whom she stayed married until his passing in 1998. After Lucille’s retirement from P. G. and E., Lucille and Alan moved to Oregon and the Salishan Resort Community, in large part because of Alan’s love of golf, the spectacular Salishan course, and the extraordinarily beautiful setting of their new home on the coast south of Lincoln City.
Though deprived of the opportunity to attend college, Lucille was an extremely well-read and well-informed citizen; her home walls are lined with book shelves. She was a life-long gourmet-cook, and in her later years became a vegan gourmet-cook as well. A meal at Lucille’s was always scrumptious and her engaging laugh filled a room with warmth. One of her other life-long passions was the protection of animals. She had dogs and then cats all her adult life.
Lucille was the consummate volunteer and was always available to help anyone who asked. She was on the library board, a life member of the Hospital Auxiliary Board, an avid supporter of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, the Neskowin Chamber Music Society, and the Siletz Bay Music Festival.
She is survived by her younger brother, George Robert Grant, Jr.; her younger sister, Beverly Grant; her nieces Kate, Shelley and Susan; nephew, Eric; six great nieces and nephews; and by her loyal cat, Billie.
Lucille had a generous heart and left her estate largely to a wide variety of animal protection and social justice organizations, including Fistula Foundation, benefiting poor African and Asian women, run by her niece, Kate.
Her family would like to extend a special thanks to Cece and Terry Buggenhagen, Babs Tracy, and the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, for the loving care they gave Lucille in her final days.
Contributions in her honor can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.