Lucy Lopez Lovi was born September 28th 1927 in Humacao, Puerto Rico. She was raised in New York City where she met her future husband Albert at a roller rink. After a whirlwind courtship they married in the mid 50’s. After moving to the country in upstate NY, she maintained her NYC ties where her first three children were born. Ultimately, they found a 5 acre property on a one lane dirt road in Dover, NY in the early 60’s. She raised a total of six children, Peter, Gabrielle, John, Christopher, Kenneth and Grace at the family homestead. Lucy lived there for over 36 years, finally moving to San Diego, CA in 2007 at the age of 80.
Lucy became a licensed beautician in the late 40’s where she also met her lifelong best friend Ann. She was adept with her hands as it showed in her love for cooking, sewing, knitting and her great skill in creating a quick figurative study with pencil and paper. All of her children had the pleasure of having their mom cut their hair. Even though she was raised as a city girl she had a love of the outdoors which she endowed upon her children.
In 1976 at the age of 49 Lucy became a freshman at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY, graduating 1978 with an Associates in Applied Science. In 1980, she graduated from Western Connecticut State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She performed these momentous tasks while working a fulltime job and raising five children as Peter by then had graduated from Columbia University and moved on to graduate school in Ithaca NY. Realizing that she needed an advanced degree to become the best social worker she could be, she enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at Adelphia University, graduating in 1984 at the age of 57. Lucy retired as a Psychiatric Social Worker for the State of New York.
Besides her passion for life, she had a special bond and commitment to her younger brother Joe. Joe contracted meningitis at an early age which unfortunately rendered him mentally disabled. Though she provided for him as she could, it wasn’t until both her mom and Joe moved upstate that she was able to provide the care that she wanted for him. Lucy oversaw the care for both till their passing. Lucy is survived by her children Gabrielle, John, Christopher, Kenneth, and Grace; her brother Peter, and five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Lucy is now with our LORD and happy, healthy and feeling wonderful.