HOWLAND - Lucille I. Townsend Dixon Brown, 99, of Howland, passed away Monday evening, June 17, 2013, at Community Skilled Health Care Centre in Warren following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 2, 1914, in Middlefield, the daughter of the late John and Treva Lucille Hull Davison Townsend.
Lucille was a graduate of Cortland School class of 1932.
Lucille's cosmetology career started in 1930 working in her parents' beauty and barber shop on Main Street in Cortland. At that time, a license was not required to do hair. In 1934, she took over the business and renamed it Lucille's Hair Salon. With six beauticians and one barber, the shop was a hub of activity.
In 1967, she sold the business, remarried and moved to Pontiac, Mich., teaching at Murray's School of Cosmetology. Her career led her to teaching in the Inkster Public School System and to opening a new cosmetology program in 1973 in Medina.
In the summer of 1977, Lucille surprised the family when she announced she had been hired to open another cosmetology program at the new Gordon D. James Career Center in Lordstown.
She retired in 1984 from the Lordstown School System and then started her second career substituting in Warren and Trumbull County Schools. Lucille especially loved her days at Trumbull Career and Technical Center, retiring at the age of 91 in 2005. Throughout her career she was continually updating, learning new styles and techniques.
In 1985, much to the amazement of the family, Lucille traveled with Ken and Carla to the Middle East, which included riding a camel for the first time in her life; climbing up into the burial chamber in Cheops' Pyramid; touring the Valley of the Kings; entering King Tut's Tomb; and riding a cable car to the top of the Masada.
She received two special awards in her lifetime. In 2005 the TCTC Board of Education honored Lucille for her life accomplishments in education with a Golden Apple. In 2012 she was honored with a 75-year membership pin from Opal Chapter 181 Order of the Eastern Star of Cortland. A very active member, she joined in 1937 and served as Worthy Matron in 1945.
Lucille is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Carla and Kenneth Kahler of Howland, with whom she made her home for 29 years, and Loretta and Kenneth Brock of New Baden, Ill.; grandchildren, Troy Kahler, Suzanne Frederick, Sterling Wilde, Tony Neader, Stacey (Van) Jackson, Debbie Sentner, Stacey Parker, Melissa Brock and Todd Brock; and great-grandchildren, Carson and Lauren Jackson, Avery Brock and Annie Brock.
She also leaves her extended family, Robert and Lucinda, Erika, Scott, Jamie and Gavin Sentner of Cortland; nieces, Doris Cassie of Cortland, Norma Jean (Charles) Kish of Southington, Margaret Jacobs of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Sharon (Fred) Griffiths of El Paso, Texas; nephew, Larry (Malinda) Townsend of Seaford, Del.; special friends, Doris Marie Holzshu, Marilyn Carpenter and Cindy Kreager; and her feline friend, Peaches, at home.
Besides her parents, Lucille's first husband, Ned Dixon, who passed away in 1961; her second husband, James Brown, who passed away in 1983; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Susie (Rossi) Townsend and Delmar and Elmo (Elliott) Townsend have all preceded her in death.
The Kahler family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of Lucille's wonderful caregivers at Community Skilled Centre and her physician, Dr. Kapil Kwatra of Warren.
The funeral service will be held at noon Saturday at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Roberts-Clark Chapel, in Warren, where the family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon. Opal Chapter will conduct Eastern Star services during the funeral and Pastor Ron Spore will officiate.
Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Bazetta.
Memorial contributions in Lucille's memory may be made to the Trumbull County Animal Welfare League, 545 Brunstetter Road, Warren, OH 44481. Online condolences may be made to the family and the obituary viewed at www.robertsclarkchapel.com