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Family Gathering

DiStasio Funeral Home Inc.
Saturday August 11th, 2018
7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Celebration of Life

Cattaraugus United Methodist Church
Sunday August 12th, 2018

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Ida Lucille Brown

Ida Lucille Brown, “Lucy” of Cattaraugus, NY entered into rest Sunday August 5, 2018 at the age of 92.

Lucy was born November 8, 1925 in Abilene, Kansas and was the daughter of Paul and Ora Lenhart. She married Fenton H. Brown on October 20, 1946 in Kansas and moved to Cattaraugus shortly after and lived there since. Lucy worked for many years at Tri-Country Memorial Hospital as a nurse’s aid in labor and delivery while also working at Cattaraugus Central School as an office clerk. She was well known for her kind and giving heart which is why she received the Richard Murphy Citizen of the Year Award in 2006.

The two most important things in her life were faith and family. She was a member of the Cattaraugus United Methodist Church for over 70 years where she served on numerous committees and was the financial secretary for over 30 years. Lucy enjoyed square dancing, knitting, sewing and picking blueberries for others. Many people referred to her as “the blueberry lady”. Cooking food gave her pleasure, as she believed that a casserole, pie, or sweet rolls would make anyone feel better. But what Lucy loved most was spending time with her family, especially Christmas, Easter and birthday dinners.

Lucy was predeceased by her parents, all seven of her brothers and sisters and her son, Ricky Brown. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, two daughters, Teresa (Richard) Feuz, Michele (Peter) Illig, both of Cattaraugus, seven grandchildren, Ryann (Daniel) Taylor, Carissa (Mark) Davis, Janelle (Joseph) Zera, Stephen Feuz, Jacqueline Illig, Patrick (Hannah) Illig, Lindsey (Ryan) McNamee, 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A family gathering will be held at DiStasio Funeral Home Inc, 55 S. Main St, Cattaraugus, Saturday, August 11 at 7pm. A celebration of life service will be held at the Cattaraugus United Methodist Church, 53 Washington Street, Cattaraugus, on Sunday, August 12 at 3:00pm. A light supper will be held after the service at the Cattaraugus Firemen’s Club.

In Lieu of flowers any donations can be made to Hospice of Cattaraugus County who were so helpful at the end.


So sorry for your loss. Lucy was a remarkable woman. She will be missed by so many. I'm sure she has left beautiful memories to anyone who knew her. Our prayers go out to the whole family. May she rest in peace. God bless you all.

Mary & Roy Geise Aug 11 2018 12:00 AM

Sending you my deepest sympathy on the loss of much-beloved Lucy. She will be remembered as a genuine, loving, caring, talented, generous, gentle, and wise lady with a beautiful smile, warm chuckle,andboundless energy who positively impacted everyone her life touched. Hold your treasured memories close to your hearts. May God bless and comfort all of you.

Sue Szymanski Murphy Aug 9 2018 12:00 AM

Lucy brightened the life of everyone she met- always there with a positive thought and that beautiful smile! When my father-in-law died I didn't think anyone had time to spread the news, no facebook back then, but Lucy was at the door with a turkey casserole! May she now rest - prayers for her family!

Barb and Denny Pritchard Aug 8 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss, prayers to all of the family. May God comfort and bless you. I remember her as a kind, sweet woman.

Valerie Lulas Aug 8 2018 12:00 AM

Visits with Great Aunt Lucy were always special; she made sure of it. She shared joy and love so easily and I will miss her so.

Cate Sia Aug 8 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ida Lucille Brown

Dan & Bette DiStasio Aug 7 2018 12:00 AM

Very kind neighbor when I was growing up. Our condolences to the family. Randy & Janet Priest

Janet priest Aug 7 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of her passing,she was one of the sweetest ladies I ever knew.You girls and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. Love.

Cathy Earle Jones-Reidel Aug 7 2018 12:00 AM

A wonderful vibrant person who gave so much to her community. We will miss you Lucy. Our deepest sympathy to all of Lucy's loved ones.

Jodi & Tim Miller Aug 7 2018 12:00 AM

Lucy was good to all and personally appreciated very much when my mom was ill. She treated us to a full home cooked dinner many times. The community will miss her loving and kind ways. Be of stout heart.

Amy Coles Tritt

Amy Coles Tritt Aug 7 2018 12:00 AM