Lucy Etta White Lantz passed from this life to her heavenly home on July 9, 2014, surrounded by her family.
Lucy was born at Wymer, March 9, 1923, a daughter of the late Amos and Texie White. She was one of 12 children.
She met her husband, Orden, when he was on a cattle drive in the Glady area. They were married in Elkins by the late Rev. V.L. Bennett in 1938.
They were the parents of three children, Helen Rose, Hazel Ruth and Orden L. Lantz Jr. They lived in Elkins most of their lives. Lucy began her career in nursing at the Davis Memorial Hospital. She worked in the nursery and never put the babies out for the public to see without fixing their hair with a little curl on top. She graduated from Randolph County Vo-Tech Center of Elkins High School on April 16, 1957 as an LPN. She was very proud of her accomplishment. Her co-workers had many stories about how seriously she took her job and what a compassionate nurse she was. However, she also had a mischievous side that others can attest to. She later worked at the Memorial General Hospital. When they closed their doors, she returned to Davis Memorial Hospital and worked until her retirement. She retired when they began 12-hour work days because she felt the long hours were not fair to the nurses or the patients. She soon became bored and when she was asked to provide child care for a couple, she obliged. She also cared for several individuals in their homes and loved doing that. Many of those families continued to keep in touch with her, and she loved hearing from them. In addition to being a compassionate nurse, she loved her family very much. She always worked the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, but never went to bed until she took her daughter to work and dropped the "grand-kids" off at school. They loved spending time at "Mamaw's" house. She was quite a home body. She loved canning the abundant vegetables that Orden would grow in his garden and passed this tradition down to her daughters.
She is survived by her two daughters, Helen Ratzer and husband, Jack, of Beverly and Hazel Wood and husband, Paul, of Elkins, as well as two sisters, Betty Paugh and Louise Clayton, also of Elkins. She is survived by nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by David Bennett, a very special friend and companion of 27 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband and son, four brothers, Myron, Forrest, Gerald and Johnny White, as well as two sisters, Martha Fincham and Gertrude Summerfield. Three siblings died in their infancy, Minnie, Cleveland and Artennis White.
She attended Highland Park United Methodist Church.
Lucy donated her body to the West Virginia University School of Medicine Human Gift Registry. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.