Lucile passed away March 2, 2014, just after her 91st birthday. She was born at home in Sabetha, Kansas in 1923, the only child of Fannie Ashley and Walter Leslie Ralston. Fannie was a schoolteacher and Walter was a farmer, carpenter, and storekeeper. Nicknamed Lutie, Lucile was a fun loving person with a wonderful sense of humor. Lucile graduated from the University of Kansas in 1948. She married her college sweetheart, Francis, in the university chapel June 6, 1948.
During their 64 years of marriage they raised five children and lived in Oregon, Texas, and Illinois. Lucile fondly recounted teaching many grade levels in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Kansas. In midlife she was the Director of the Illinois Consortium for Community Action of the Illinois Conference of Churches. Her groundbreaking work with Project LIFE Area Agency on Aging as nursing home ombudsman and hotline service director was incorporated into the Illinois Department on Aging. In 1976, Lucile was elected as a delegate for Jimmy Carter and attended the Democratic National Convention in New York City where he was nominated for President. In 1993, Francis and Lucile retired to Medford, Oregon, where they loved having their children and their families for extended visits. Lucile also cared for her mother, Fannie, in her later years, who lived to be 101. In 2008, Lucile and Francis moved to Sacramento, California.
Lucile was predeceased by Francis, and son, Walt. She is survived by children/partners, Leslie and Ralph Palmer, Randy Barrow and Ron James, Ross and Lucia Barrow, Julie Barrow and JoAnn Semones; grandchildren, Nathan Palmer, Anna Palmer, and Ryan Palmer, and Maia Barrow and Jesse Barrow; and great-grandchild, Noah Palmer and his mother, Tricia Valenzuela.
Interment will be at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens in Grants Pass, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the University of Kansas Alumni Association, 1266 Oread Ave., Lawrence KS 66045 - 785-864-4760