Lucille "Lucy" Parker Babbitt
January 7, 1934 – August 7, 2018
Lucille "Lucy" Parker Babbitt passed away on August 7, 2018, after a long illness. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, sister, cousin and cherished friend to everyone who knew her.
Lucy was born in Paris, Texas, on January 7, 1934 to the late Willie Tanner Parker and Frank Eugene Parker Sr. Lucy and grew up and attended schools in Cleburne, TX. Where she met the love of her life, Larry Babbitt. They were married September 1, 1952 and celebrated 66 years of marriage. After her husband's service in the US Air Force, they moved to Dallas and then to Houston, TX.
Lucy and Larry raised two daughters, Debbie and Sherry. Sadly, they lost their third daughter, Laurie Lee, two days after her birth. Above all, Lucy wanted to be a loving mother to her two girls. She was an accomplished seamstress and loved designing and sewing beautiful clothes and costumes for Debbie and Sherry with exquisite detail. She was very creative and enjoyed making puppets for shows Larry would do for the girls and for children in hospitals, with adorable characters like Swinging Sam, Bunny Pink Ears, Donny the Dinosaur and a skunk named Cologne. Lucy was also a fabulous cook and enjoyed family gatherings, showing off her special talents. She worked on putting together a cook book. Though it was never published, Lucy enjoyed perfecting the recipes. She was a talented writer, and both entered and won awards and recognition in numerous poetry contests.
After her girls left home, Lucy worked in the Baby Room of Bethany Christian Church, in Houston, for several years with her sister-in-law, Bertha Parker. She loved cuddling babies and her sweet and gentle nature calmed them when they cried. When Lucy became a grandmother and great grandmother, it was one of the happiest moments of her life. In her honor, one of her great granddaughters is named Lucy.
Lucy’s strong Catholic faith has always been an important part of her life and how she lived, she was kind, compassionate, and a caregiver to so many in her lifetime. After her husband was injured in an accident in 2000, Lucy took loving care of Larry until 2015 when they moved into a personal care home. In 2012 she, suffered a rare disease, Anti-GBN Nephritis, which stopped her kidney function. She has been on dialysis since, first driving herself for treatments, then taken by stretcher to dialysis.
Last year, Lucy fell, broke her leg and never recovered to walk again. There have been many hospital and rehab stays, but her spirit and faith remained strong. Lucy was thankful to everyone who now cared for her.
Lucy is survived by her husband, Larry Babbitt. Daughters Debra and husband Bob Moutrie Sharon Babbitt and husband Andy Dearwater. Deceased daughter Laurie Lee. Grandchildren Monet Moutrie, husband Ryan Kulp, Noelle, husband Brandon Lucke-Wold and Colin Dearwater and Drew Dearwater. Great-grandchildren Lucille and Eliza Moutrie-Kulp and Esme Luke-Wold.
Step-grandchildren Pam Moutrie Brown, husband Mike, (both deceased). Susanne Moutrie Hoffman and husband Craig. Step grandchildren, Joshua Brown, Jeremy Brown (deceased), Hallie, Ben, Ryan, Trent Hoffman. Many nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Lucy's many friends especially, Tom and Colleen McKinney, Rogers and Janice (deceased) Dupliss, Jill Rogers and Amos – the dog, for their care and many visits to Lucy.
Her caregivers Janet and Teresia and Lala. LeeAnn and Bryan Johnson – Happy Days Personal Care Home. Her nurses Elizabeth and hospice nurses Rachael and Mary Frances. Drivers: Support System EMS, Richard, Stanley, Rauf and Leziga. Doctors: Dr. William Bond, Dr. Baxter Montgomery and Dr. Peracha. And her grandsons, Colin and Drew Dearwater for taking such loving care of their grandmother. Colin spent many hours holding his Grammy’s hand and reading to her during her four long hours of treatments these last few months and Drew would play the guitar for Lucy and Larry on his visits from his home in California.
Last, but not least Lucy’s and Larry’s marriage reflected a sacred bond, thru loving support in volunteering, working, caregiving and in helping others to find Laughter. What a blessing Lucy was to everyone that knew her.
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. AARDA 22100 Gratiot Ave. Eastpointe, MI 48021 or any Animal Rescue of your choice.
- Visitation Wednesday, August 15, 2018
- Visitation Thursday, August 16, 2018
- Funeral Service Thursday, August 16, 2018
- Committal Service Thursday, August 16, 2018
Lucille "Lucy" Parker Babbitt
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August 24, 2018
Two words that always come to mind when I think of Aunt Lucy, Sweetness and Grace. Your family will always be in our prayers.