Lucy Owens Kirkpatrick

Published 8:26 am Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Lucy Owens Kirkpatrick


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Lucy Owens Kirkpatrick, 80, of Danville, passed away March 17, 2019. She was born February 17, 1939, the eleventh of twelve children, to the late Robert and Locie Payne Owens.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, James Kirkpatrick.

She is survived by three daughters, Julie Lemaster (Tim), Kelly Anderson (Greg), and Emily Kirkpatrick (Stephen Haag); seven grandchildren, Caleb Lemaster, Lucy Lemaster, Logan Anderson, Molly Anderson, James Haag, Joseph Haag, and Patrick Kirk Haag; brother, John Owens; sister, Anna Hopkins; and nieces, nephews, and relations treated as immediate family.

Lucy enjoyed many friends spanning all ages. Her laugh was beloved and shared abundantly. She especially loved children. Faith was an integral part of her entire life and she filled many roles in the church, including as a deacon. For two decades, Lucy gave energy to Centre College Admissions, where she connected prospective students with faculty she knew to be especially gifted. Families arrived on campus ready to meet Lucy, and students relied upon her as a trusted friend and advisor. In retirement, she missed people, so she joined the Lee Stephens Apparel team. There, she developed a new circle of friends and family and thoroughly enjoyed having fun with the latest fashion trends. Lucy was particularly proud that, in her view, she raised three daughters to become independent, strong women. She was known to say, “I did not raise shrinking violets.”

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Danville. The funeral service will be held Thursday, March 21, at 1 p.m., also at the church, by Rev. Joey Pusateri. Burial will follow at Bellevue Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Logan Anderson, Caleb Lemaster, Jared Townes, John David Owens, Kim Hulett, Kelly Coffey, Hope Bishop, and Sherry Bryant. Honorary pallbearers will be Molly Anderson, Lucy Lemaster, James Haag, Joseph Haag, and Patrick Kirk Haag.

The family expresses appreciation for the love and care from Sherry Bryant, Hope Bishop, and the Heritage Hospice team.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heritage Hospice or First Christian Church. A guestbook is available at