An extraordinary woman was born on March 2, 1936 in Panama City, Republic of Panama. This extraordinary woman was named Lucille Joyce Dixon, age 85, who passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2021. There were many attributes to Lucille of which many may not know. She was a sister, a mother, a widow, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, and a best friend. Lucille cared for all those around her and those who interacted with her. Many of you may know her as calm or quiet, but this lady had a laugh that made you cry with laughter. Her laughter brought joy and warmth each and every time. Gerardo Eduardo Davidson, who died in 1987, left Lucille as a widow, left to raise all five admirable lovely daughters on her own. Lucille wanted a better life for all her daughters: Diana Davidson, Janet Davidson Morales, Cynthia Broomfield Davidson, Carolyn Green and Sandra Davidson. In 1981, Carolyn and Sandra were brought to the United States. In 1987, Diana was also brought to the U.S. In 1991, Cynthia was brought here, and last but certainly not least, Janet was brought to the States in 2004. Each of the sisters was very grateful for the new life upon which they were about to embark. Lucille demonstrated strength by ensuring all her daughters and grandchildren were well taken care of. Lucille held careers such as: a nurse working for the Panama Canal for over 30 years, home attendant, paraprofessional, a clerk at a hospital, and a translator. Later, at the age of 60, she went to BMCC to achieve her Associate’s degree and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She shared knowledge with everyone when it came to fitness, health, food and so much more. There was always something to learn from her, and she was always willing to share without hesitation. Challenges did not fret Lucille; instead, she always said she would leave it in God’s hands. And so she has.
Her daughters soon were blessed with kids of their own. Diana Davidson is the mother of Jacqueline Lee and Oscar Haynes, also grandmother of Chrisline Gonzalez and Emeri Lee. Janet Morales is the mother of Orlando and Gerado Morales, also grandmother to Veniece Morales and Skylar Morales. Cynthia Broomfield is the mother of Timothy Sands and Millicent Reeves, also the grandmother of Aria Whitt. Carolyn Green is the mother to Keith Green and Cecibel Garriga. All of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved her just as if she was their own mother. Lucille is in fact a mother to all of us. Memories ambush our minds throughout the day on how a fascinating human being and child of God such as herself made such a huge impact on all of our lives. Diana would watch her mother enjoy exercising, watching The Oprah Winfrey Show, watching about five or six novelas at once, and doing her morning walks. Diana especially enjoyed the dish her mother prepared: fish, shrimp, potato salad, and arroz con pollo. Not only did Lucille have the drive to make delicious food and stay active, she also was very fashionable -- sometimes too fashionable. We had to help her sort clothes to donate to Goodwill since all the closets were filled and hangers were barely hanging on clothing racks. That did not stop Lucille from shopping though. In fact, Janet shared many memories with her mother shopping at her new favorite store, Bobby’s. There was a particular sweater Janet loved most; it was thick and was shades of sky blue. Lucille realized how much it meant to Janet to shop for her and her grandkids, so whenever Lucille had the chance, she would take Janet and her two kids shopping.
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