Lucia R. Stanfield

Lucia R. Stanfield, age 95, a resident of Avalon Square in Waukesha, left this earth peacefully Oct. 29, 2008.

Lucia was born in Waco, Texas, to Lucian R. and Ruth Trabue Stanfield. She was raised in Waukesha, graduating from Waukesha High School in 1930 and from Carroll College in 1934, plus earning a master of arts degree in speech from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught speech and language arts in Green Bay, including 30 years at West High School. For many years, she directed class plays and auditorium programs, plus training students for speech recitals. Previously, she taught English and American literature in Hartland, Hillsboro, Reedsburg and West Bend.

In 1927, she joined the First Presbyterian Church in Waukesha and in 1967 in Green Bay. Lucia was long interested in art and art history, belonging for more than 40 years to a study group in Green Bay. During 15 summers, she visited museums, theaters and cathedrals in Europe, the Middle East and the Holy Land. Other interests included drama, oral reading, cooking, gardens and decorative arts. Since retirement, she was active volunteering at the Neville Public Museum (25 years in the collection department), Heritage Hill (Hazelwood House), the public library and First Presbyterian Church in Green Bay, plus the Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum. She walked and exercised regularly with a friendly group and participated in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Learning in Retirement Institute. In 2006, Lucia returned to Waukesha, her hometown, to be near relatives.

She is survived by a brother, Robert (Marion) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister, Marie McCabe of Madison and sister-in-law Arlene Stanfield of Waukesha; as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a host of friends and fellow volunteers.

She was preceded in death by her brother, James Stanfield; brother-in-law, Robert McCabe; a niece, Beth Stanfield; and a nephew, Kevin McCabe.

A brief service will be held at Avalon Square, 222 Park Place, Waukesha, at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 30, with a graveside service next summer at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.

Memorials can be directed to the Neville Public Museum Foundation Inc. (Stanfield Endowment), P.O. Box 325, Green Bay, WI 54305-0325, or the Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum (Stanfield Endowment), 101 W. Main St., Waukesha, WI 53186.