Lucille Emma McLaughlin

May 27, 1924February 12, 2020

Lucille Emma McLaughlin was born on May 27, 1924 in Ellinwood, Kansas and passed away on February 12, 2020 in Arlington, Washington.


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Julie Hillshafer

February 21, 2020

My Grandma was the inspiration for me to pursue a nursing career. She held God before any man or woman. She introduced me to the likes of Randy Travis (and country music) when she shared her love for Grandpa Gene... She played Forever and Ever Amen... on a cassette tape. She taught me HOW and WHY to pray. She taught me NEVER to judge anyone. She said it wasn't my job, it is God's. And my most fond and humbling memory is about pickles.. She taught me to use a clean washing machine to get the prickly things off of the cucumbers instead of using our hands when canning them...and most importantly... the juice cures hiccups... I was driving to Ellinwood Kansas from the airport with my daughter when she was only 5 years old (20 years ago) and I had a horrible case of the hiccups... I didn't know what to do.. So I called the best nurse ( she was an LVN in the war) and asked her. She told me at that time the secret cure... DILL pickles or the juice. I was at a loss and in the middle of nowhere (of course). I saw a McDonald's ahead and got one cheeseburger for me with 2 extra sides of pickles... I was cured! I ALWAYS keep pickle juice in the fridge just in case... Her smile was infectious and her laugh was even more infectious. She taught me that even in the city, where we come from (country) will never leave us. When I was forced to move to Seattle when I was 7 years old and the kids made fun of me spelling Washington WARshington because of my accent my Grandma held me when I cried. She was the rock I always wanted to be. I hope I can carry on her compassion and unconditional love for people in general. That's how I live my life today. I am so greatful I talked to her on the phone since I had no means to visit. May Grandma be forever in my heart and anyone who reads this...I will be looking up to heaven when I think of you.. God Bless... Julie Hillshafer