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Lucy Wilcox, 97, of Stockbridge, treasurer of Mission House, first guide at Naumkeag

By Friday, Jun 28, 2019 Obituaries

Lucy Wordsworth Wilcox, 97, of Stockbridge, passed away June 21, 2019, at home.

She was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Milton to the Rev. Watson and Grace Currier Wordsworth. At the age of 2, her family moved to Housatonic when her father became the minister of the Congregational Church. She graduated from Searles High School in 1939. She also received an associate degree from Berkshire Business College.

She moved to Stockbridge in 1947 when she married Edmund Gillette Wilcox Oct. 4, 1947. At that time she became a member of the Stockbridge Congregational Church and remained a member for 72 years.

Lucy was a devoted wife and mother, grandmother (Guppy) and cherished spending time with her family.

She worked for Judge Connelly, then Wheeler & Taylor Insurance and Pioneer Credit, and later Monument Mills. When the war came along, she worked at General Electric for 4 and a half years. Lucy was an organist and played at the Housatonic Congregational Church. She later played at the Stockbridge Congregational Church for funerals and weddings, and was also choir mother at the Stockbridge church. She also played piano and sang in a 21-piece orchestra with her two brothers, called the Wordy Brothers Band.

She volunteered for the VNA at the local school, where she conducted hearing and eye tests. She also served on many additional committees. She was treasurer of the Mission House for 25 years and worked closely with Miss Choate, archiving all the furnishings. She developed a close friendship with her and after Miss Choate passed away, Lucy helped open Naumkeag and was the first guide there.

Lucy Wordsworth Wilcox is survived by daughters Shelley Wilcox Balfanz (James) and Heidi Wilcox, and granddaughter Morgan Balfanz (Marcello).

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Monday, July 1, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Western Mass and the Stockbridge Library through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances may be sent through www.finnertyandstevens.com.

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