She married Wallace Carlstrom on January 31, 1942. She gave birth to her first child, Gloria, one month after Wallace’s untimely death in 1944 during military service. Lucille was blessed to wed again, marrying Browne "B.P." Rutledge on August 5, 1948, in San Antonio. In addition to Gloria, they had two sons, Jack and Duane, and were happily married for nearly 65 years. B.P. and Lucille raised their children in Kenedy, Texas, where Lucille became a leader in many community organizations and was named “Woman of the Year” in 1973.
Her focus, however, was her faith in God and serving her family. She had come to have a life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, and she devoted much of her life to helping others know and understand the Gospel for themselves—teaching Sunday school and leading Bible studies and prayer groups. At home Lucille was a skilled cook, seamstress, financial manager, and was involved in all her children’s activities.
In 1986 Lucille and B.P. moved to Fayetteville in order to live near their grandchildren (and later great-grandchildren), who affectionately called her “Memom.” They were her delight and she always found creative ways to be playful with them. She had a gift for making those around her feel loved and special. She also retained a sharp memory and quick wit throughout her nearly 100 years. She was a strong and joyful woman to the end of her life.
Lucille is survived by her husband, Browne Rutledge, of Fayetteville; daughter Gloria Mills and her husband Bill of Fayetteville; son Dr. John Rutledge and his wife Dr. Amparo Villablanca of Sacramento, California; son Duane Rutledge, also of Sacramento; grandson Scott Mills and his wife Jennifer of Springdale, Arkansas; granddaughter Kristen Hodskins and her husband Kent of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren Aidan and Patrick Hodskins of Fayetteville and Lila, Charlotte, and Barrett Mills of Springdale; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Lucille is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, her sisters Willa “Bill” Nuemann, Lois Jones, Earla Bandy, Gladys Bandy (who died in infancy,) her brother Wayne Bandy, and her sister Lorayne Bandy.
The visitation will be held at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home 4520 N. Crossover Road in Fayetteville on Thursday May 30, 2013 from 4:00-6:00p.m.
Funeral service will be held at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home on Friday May 31, 2013 at 2:00p.m. Interment to follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens, 1728 E Mission Blvd Fayetteville.
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