OBITUARY

Lucinda Morrison Blackwell

July 11, 1954November 7, 2018
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Sunshine on a cloudy day. That was Lucinda.

Born on July 11, 1954, to Rosalee and Harold Morrison, Lucinda Blackwell was the eldest of surprise identical twins, the older sister to twin Lorraine, and the fifth of eight siblings. Growing up in the South Bronx, she was the opinionated, smart twin who dared to speak her mind, and protector of all her siblings. If you had a problem with them, you had a problem with her— mom and dad included.

As an adult, Lucinda eased into the more agreeable twin spot, bringing happiness and spreading positivity everywhere she went. From the tired bartender to the difficult secondgrader, she left no soul behind.

Lucinda graduated from Lehman College in 1976 and began working for New York State’s Metro DDSO in 1978. She worked in the Revenue and Reimbursement Department climbing the ranks to Business Officer until she retired at the young age of 55 in 2010.

In 1979, she met her future husband Paul outside of her apartment building when he offered to help carry her grocery bags. They dated for two years and married on May 15, 1982. To this union, their daughter Celina was born. She was Lucinda’s pride and joy. Simply put, “the best thing that ever happened to her.” The duo loved to dote on their mouse, taking her on any and every acting audition she wanted, and on their down time, bowling in their local league and watching prime-time television together.

Known for her infectious smile, compassionate ways and fun-loving spirit, Lucinda was quick to lend a helping hand to anyone who asked, easing the burdens of many, never expecting anything in return. And always by her side, her twin Lorraine. The two were inseparable. So much so that Lucinda started a new career in retirement as a substitute teacher at Brookside School with Lorraine. No official ranks to climb here, Lucinda quickly won over the hearts of all, becoming a beacon of light at the elementary school.

A lover of life, Lucinda enjoyed a good time, and a good time in this life she had. She enjoyed trying her luck at the slots in a casino, travel adventures, all genres of music (she had a penchant for knowing the words to every song on the radio), and having appetizers and a well- crafted drink at the bar.

Lucinda was an amazing mother, a dedicated wife, a proud sister, a steadfast friend, and a champion of all people. She will be remembered forever in all of our hearts… her legacy irreplaceable.

Lucinda passed peacefully on Wednesday, November 7th at her home surrounded by her family. She leaves to honor her memory her loving husband Paul, dearest daughter Celina (Robert) Andrews, and adored grandson Cannon.

Lucinda is also survived by her bonus children Glenda L. Richardson (Darryll C. Scott) and Lucas (Courtney) Richardson; four sisters Patricia (Jerry) Epps, Lorraine Richardson, Cynthia (Orlando) Morrison-Lee, and Carolyn (Ben) McNair; brother William (Takeesha) Morrison, mother-in-law Paula Blackwell, brothers-in-law Cliff Banks, Alan Blackwell and Hai Blackwell; sisters-in-law Deborah Morrison and D’Ann Blackwell; a host of other relatives, “framily,” and many dear friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents Harold and Rosalee Morrison, brother Harold Morrison Jr., sister Marguerite Banks, and brother-in-law Glenn Richardson

A celebration of Lucinda’s life will be held Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm at the Woodstock Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Vic Bledsoe will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday November 16, 2018 from 6 until 8 pm at the funeral home.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, November 17, 2018
REMEMBERING

Lucinda Morrison Blackwell

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Ann-Carol Ravenell

November 27, 2018

Do what's right and do what's good. Be kind and help others.The world can always use one more kind person. And if you can take it one step further, please do it for Lucinda Morrison Blackwell. She was all of that and more. Rest in peace Lucinda you will be missed.
Sincerely,
A.C.Ravenell

Sharon Chen

November 17, 2018

I remember meeting Lucinda with Lorraine when I was Glenda’s pre-k teacher. Following I was Luca’s and then Celina’s. I had the honor of being the teacher of all three. We met as teacher and parent, but became friends. Our families became close. You all were present at my wedding and when I had my daughter. We had many fond memories together going out as couples and with our children.
The Chens send their love to Paul, Celina, Lorraine, Glenda, Lucas and the family.

Debbie Speno

November 16, 2018

Paul,
My deepest sympathies to you, Celina and your entire family during this difficult time. When I look at the stars at night, the biggest one I see to the south of me will be Lucinda. May she rest in peace.
Debbie

Ann Dealy

November 16, 2018

Lucinda has been an angel walking this Earth. I was privileged to witness this at school when she helped struggling students (or students we were struggling with) access learning and relationships. I was more privileged to claim she and Lorraine as friends while meeting at Brookside) Their dedication and love for each other, their family and life in the face of good and bad times has left a lasting impression that has changed me forever...Luci, I know you are dancing (and maybe enjoying a cosmo) with the angels in heaven. Please shine down and comfort your family and friends who will miss the warmth and brightness of your light!

Valerie Canady

November 16, 2018

I was so saddened to hear about the loss of Lucinda. My heart goes out to the Blackwell family. Lucinda was a beautiful sister inside and out. I will always remember her lovely smile. I will miss you dear cousin. The Canady, Jamison and Turner families send their love and condolences.

Cassandra Mitchell

November 16, 2018

You were the best boss, and a great friend. You helped me to make a decision to move from my comfort to the unknown, and It was as you said it would be . I took the discussions and talks we had on enjoying the days and keeping family first to heart and they continue to help me . You are the best example of Living your best life. S.I.P my friend.

Cassandra

Lucy Callaghan

November 15, 2018

Please accept my great sympathies for the loss of your sweet, Lucinda. She sings in heaven with her Blessed Lord and our hearts cry.
Lucinda was one of the first persons I met in 2003 at the MDDSO . She strolled up to me with a big smile,and was introduced. Shetold me her name was Lucinda! Taken aback, I shared my birth name was also, Lucinda, (not a name you hear often) and Lucy now. She was as well. We also found that she was a twin and I, in turn, shared that I had twins daughters., too. All the while she’s smiling and reaching out to touch my arm. What a graceful,open and beautiful woman. Easy to discuss a situation with, share a quick lunch and always happy to see you. Heaven is Blessed, as are we, who loved and admired her.

Michelle WinderBranch

November 15, 2018

I was a youth worker at OMRDD when I first met Lucinda in the mid-80s. She was truly a beautiful person and someone I admired. My fondest memory as a young person, I would tell her, "I want to be like you when I grow up." She would always say, "you will surpass me." Fast forward about 20 years, I had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Lucinda as the RMO...and still, I looked up to her. At this point in time, my sentiment was the same, but hers was different. Lucinda said, "you surpassed me." Lucinda was a graceful and encouraging woman. I will be forever grateful to God for placing such a gem in my life. My prayers, thoughts, and love are with the family. May you be comforted by your memories and the legacy of love that shared with us all. God Bless you.

Nancy Homyak

November 14, 2018

Lucinda was a beautiful lady and a treasured friend. We shared many great times together and those memories will continue to bring a smile to my face. She will be missed by many but forever in our hearts 💕. God bless her family and keep them strong.

Joyce Flannagan

November 13, 2018

To the Blackwell. I was so saddened to hear of Lucinda's passing. I worked at Metro DDSO in the Director's office. Lucinda was always so knowledgeable and knew how to handle any situation. Her smile and gentle spirit will always be remembered. I pray that each day God will comfort and strengthen you. God Bless you. Joyce Flannagan