Lucille Francis Baughman, 94, of Amarillo, TX passed away on December 24, 2020.
Lucille, commonly referred to as “Momma Lu” was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, on May 25, 1926 to Elizabeth Pallidino and Vince Quinto. She departed this life to be with the Lord on December 24, 2020, in Amarillo, Texas.
Lucille grew up and graduated from Connellsville High School in 1944.
Following high school, she became part of the U.S. Army’s Nurse Cadet Core at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This program allowed her to earn her registered nursing license.
From 1944-1948, she worked in various medical facilities including St. Joseph’s Hospital in Pittsburg, Pa., Connellsville Hospital, Neuropsychiatric Hospital in New Jersey, and worked in Sacramento, Ca. as well as on an Indian Reservation in Roosevelt, Utah.
In 1948, Lucille returned to Connellsville and worked for Dr. Andolina. This is where she met a young man named Frank Baughman who was a patient of Dr. Andolina and suffering from an ear infection. Lucille took a liking to this gentleman and after several visits back to the office, Lucille asked him out. They dated and ended up eloping on May 8, 1950.
In early 1951, they moved to Austin, Texas in order for Frank to complete his law degree at the University of Texas. Lucille worked to support Frank at a local hospital while he attended the university.
After Frank received his Doctor of Jurisprudence, they moved to Amarillo to allow Frank to assume the position as Amarillo City Attorney.
When in Amarillo, Lucille worked for the Amarillo Veteran’s Hospital. After the Veteran’s Hospital, she began work at the Northwest Texas Hospital (NWTH) District which included the Kilgore Children’s Psychiatric Hospital and the Pavilion. After the closing of Kilgore, she transferred to the Pavilion where she retired in 1994.
Lucille’s nursing career spanned 50 years.
Lucille and Frank enjoyed married life together for over 50 years until his death in 2004.
Lucille had the ability to care for others before herself, to forgive others even if they hurt her, to work hard and do her best in everything that she could do.
She was the matriarch of our family. Fondly referred to as “The Queen”, Lucille wielded such power for such a small lady.
Our Queen, Momma Lu, was possibly best known for baking holiday breads and cookies or making jello salads to share with all those who stopped by for a visit.
She thought and cared about everyone and ALL people were loved, valued, and considered special in her eyes.
Lucille had a beautiful passion for life and adventure and saw the good in everyone and everything. At age 88, the family booked a cruise to the Easter Caribbean and she got to swim with the dolphins. Interesting enough, she never learned how to swim but this did not stop her from enjoying that adventure.
Simply put by a close friend, Lucille was best described as “a tiny body with a big spirit”!
Survivors include her daughter, Luann B. Meyer and her husband John Meyer; sister, Immaculate (Peggy) Qunito; brothers, Albert Quinto, and Donny Quinto and his wife ReNae; granddaughter, Franchesca (Chesa) Morris and her husband David Morris; grandsons, Jason Meyer, Scott Meyer, and Jonathan Meyer; great-grandson, Barrett Layne Morris; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; husband, Frank Baughman; brothers, Carl, Anthony, and Vincent; and sisters, AnnaMary, and JoJo.
The family will have a private burial. Interment will be in Amarillo, Texas alongside her husband, Frank.
A “Celebration of Life” and Mass will be held sometime in the near future when social restrictions are eased and we can meet and celebrate while being safe.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either:
The Lions Club – 610 SW 8th Ave – Amarillo, TX 79101
Khiva Shriners – PO Box 328 – Amarillo, TX 79101