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BLACKMAN, Lucile

BLACKMAN - Lucile September 9, 1921-February 11, 2012. Age 90, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday, February 11, 2012, in Amherst, NY. Devoted wife of the late Raymond C. Blackman, beloved mother of Lawrence (Susan) of Wilson, NY, Gregory of Pittsburgh, PA, Carol David (Rudolf) of Wrselen, Germany, Bruce (Sarah) of Buffalo, NY, Judith Scoble (Ron) of Mauldin, SC, Diane Clark (Timothy) of Winnetka, IL, 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; daughter of the late Homer Browning and Hazel Eggleston Browning, Lucile was born in North Tonawanda, NY. Raised in Snyder, NY, Lucile graduated from Amherst Central High School and attended Ohio Wesleyan University. Lucile met her husband of over 68 years in November of 1941 through a mutual friend on a train heading home to Buffalo for Thanksgiving. They shared their first date a month later and, after a long distance relationship of 10 months, were married in October 1942 in Snyder, NY. Lucile and Raymond raised their family in East Aurora, NY and were residents there for over forty years. For the past twenty years they have divided their time between Durham, NC and the family cottage on Sandy Bay near Dunnville, Ontario, Canada. Lucile spent almost every summer of her 90 years at Sandy Bay and is remembered fondly by many there. First and foremost a mother, Lucile practiced a remarkably effective "I only say things once" parenting style. Her no-nonsense style was described as wise, firm and fair. Lucile had a special gift with young children and earned their respect by treating them as intellectual equals. She had a calming, but fun-filled spirit. Lucile loved books, driving on dirt roads, hot fudge sundaes, traveling the world, floating on her back in Lake Erie and collecting lucky stones from the beach. Understated and observant, she recognized and shared the joys found in the small details of the natural world. Her gentle spirit touched many. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, East Aurora, NY.

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