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Lucille McAvoy

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lucille (Hagedorn) McAvoy, 91, of Monett passed away at 8:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at her home. Lucille was born in rural Pierce City, on June 27, 1920, the daughter of the late Tony and Anna Hagedorn.

She had two older sisters, Wilma Landoll and Marie Renkoski, as well as one younger sister, Virginia Weistling, all have preceded her in death.

Lucille attended church at St. Mary's in Pierce City along with her family. She went to St. Mary's Catholic School for her early elementary education. Later she attended Henniman School, named after her grandfather who donated the land.

She attended Pierce City High School and graduated in 1938. She often stated that many of her classmates graduated just in time to go into World War II.

Lucille was 18 years old when she began teaching at Henniman School. At that time the state gave the prospective teacher a test. If you passed the test and started college you could begin teaching. She began her college education in 1938 at The State Normal School, which is now Missouri State University in Springfield. She was also elected "Smile Girl" of 1938 and anyone who knew her will remember that smile.

Although she attended summer school most summers, she and a girlfriend worked at what is now Edwards Air Force Base in California one summer. Another summer she and three friends toured the west and Canada.

She graduated from college in 1949 with a permanent elementary certificate. Her teaching career included public schools in Lamar, Neosho and Carthage.

On Aug. 4, 1951 she married Joe McAvoy at St. Mary's Church in Pierce City, the Mass celebrated by the bride's uncle, Monsignor Frank Hagedorn and the groom's uncle, Father Eugene O'Neill.

The couple built a house in Monett in June 1953 and she lived there the rest of her life.

Joe McAvoy was a locomotive engineer for the Frisco Railroad. He passed away on Jan. 27, 1960.

The McAvoy's had three children, Elizabeth Ann, Springfield, Mary Alice, St. Louis, Mo., and Joe, Los Angeles, Calif.

In 1968 Father Alois Stevens asked Lucille to come back to teaching at the then St. Joseph's Catholic School, in Monett. She was the third grade teacher with Madilan Jerome and Sisters of St. Joseph.

In 1978, Father Mark Earnstman renamed the school St. Lawrence Catholic School. Lucille retired from full-time teaching in 1985 when Sister Mary Dominic was principal and Father Bill Huggins was the pastor. She continued to substitute teach in Monett and Pierce City until the year 2000.

She was an active member of St. Lawrence parish, a member of the PCCW and she helped organize funeral luncheons for family members. She also enjoyed being a member of the Railroad Retirement Club and the Monett Senior Citizens Center.

Her hearing has been a problem since 2000, but she has been as active as possible in the church she loved.

Visitation will be Friday June 1, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with rosary and parish prayer at 7:30 p.m. at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in Monett. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Monett with Father Paul McLoughlin, Father John Braun, Father Peter Morciniec, and Father Daniel Robles officiating. Burial will follow Mass at St. Patricks Cemetery in Pierce City, Mo.

Online condolences may be made at www.bennettwormington.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in Monett, Mo.


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