Lucy Theresa Scates
May 30, 1918 – June 7, 2018
Lucy Greeley Scates passed away on June 7, 2018, surrounded by her family, from complications of a stroke suffered on her 100th birthday. She was born on May 30, 1918 in Los Angeles to Helen Bailey Greeley and Michael Greeley. The second eldest of six children, she grew up at 138 North Toluca Street in downtown Los Angeles in a house built by her great-grandfather in 1886 on the site of what is now Vista Hermosa Park. She graduated from Belmont High School in 1936 and married George Scates in 1938. They were later divorced. They had two children, Allen, born in 1939, and Maxine, born in 1949. Except for a brief hiatus after Maxine was born, Lucy had a varied working life which began, immediately after high school graduation, when she made home permanents in a backyard factory. During World War II she worked in a defense plant making walkietalkies. Post-war, she worked for the Los Angeles Police Department, and later for the Los Angeles Public Library for twenty-seven years as a Librarian Assistant in the Westchester and Palms Rancho branches. After retirement, she moved to Encinitas where she walked the hills to the ocean well into her eighties, and where she also volunteered as a Pink Lady and an elementary school librarian. Lucy never drove, always walked, and until a month before her death attended exercise classes at The Gardens of Tarzana (Brookdale South) where she had been a resident for the last ten years. Her family was the center of her life, and we will miss her greatly. The way she faced obstacles as a single parent raising her daughter and, more recently, the physical difficulties of old age, will remain a model of tenacious optimism and resilience we will carry with us always. Most importantly, she will be remembered for the way she offered her open-hearted kindness to everyone she met. She is survived by her son Allen Scates (Sue) of Encino, daughter Maxine Scates (Bill Cadbury) of Eugene, Oregon, sister Julia Snell, grandchildren Tracy Scates (Stewart Gilbert), David Scates, Leslie Johnson, four great-grandchildren, Donovan Scates, Terra Fowler, Jason Fowler and Elizabeth Johnson, and many nieces and nephews including Lauren Greeley Traynor and her daughter Christina who were frequent visitors in her last years. Our gratitude goes to the loving and hardworking caregivers of The Gardens and to the nurses of Mid-Valley Hospice who cared for her during the last months of her life. Contributions in her name can be made to the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
- Funeral Service Monday, June 11, 2018
- Burial Monday, June 11, 2018
Lucy Theresa Scates
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June 13, 2018
I vacationed at my Nana's during summers at her home in Encinitas. We loved the Natural History museum and Science Center in downtown. From her I gained a love of flowers and earth's rocks and jewels.
It was just her character that she showed so much love for everyone. I hope to carry on her opimist attitude and desire to thrive in life. She told me once recently from a card I wrote that I remembered our outings the best. She loved visiting the beautiful Self Relization garden, and the cliffs of the San Diego beach. She was a very progressive "young" older lady. I walked with her to the bakery and shopped with her. Ill never forget her making eggs in the morning and cheese sandwiches when we traveled.
My last memory is of her saying "see you later" and noticing that ever-present glitter in her eyes. I loved her very much and will keep her always in my memories.
June 12, 2018
Lucy (as she insisted I call her) always showed kindness and thoughtfulness. I'll remember her most, however, for her tenacity in her exercise! I worked in the "gym" at a senior home, and she would come in daily to independently work on her balance and strength. Always looking to improve, she'd frequently ask me how she could develop better balance and stability. As soon as she had mastered an exercise, she'd pick my brain for more and more challenging ones. I had never seen a 90+ year old person balance on one leg while pulling on resistance bands with both hands, in sets of 10... until Lucy came along. :-) I'll never forget her wonderful spirit.
June 10, 2018
Mrs. Scates, as I always called her, was my first supervisor (Library Assistant) when I started my library career as an MC at Palms-Rancho Park in 1975. She used to invite me to attend Volleyball games with her when Al was coaching and I became a fan of UCLA Volleyball. She was a lovely person, classy lady and great supervisor.
June 8, 2018
During our vacation in Hawaii, Nana taught me to say, "I don't care for that" instead of, "I don't like that". Nana let me go horseback riding not once, but twice at Lake Louise, Canada!
Nana listened. She listened in Los Angeles, on our vacations, in San Diego, in her home back in LA, Nana listened on the phone across the miles.
On Mother's Day 2018 as I was leaving her apartment, she said, "Hey, come here. Give me a hug!" and hug we did, one last time. I will carry Nana's love, gratitude, and lessons forward for the rest of my life, and let's hope, beyond.
- Granddaughter Tracy Scates