LASALLE — Lucile E. White, 89, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle.
Lucile was born Sept. 16, 1923, in Litchfield to Raymond and Mary Walker. She graduated from Lanphier High School in Springfield. She continued her education at St. John's School of Nursing. After graduating as a registered nurse, she enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II when she served her country caring for returning wounded soldiers.
It was at an Army-Navy function that Lucile met her future husband, Robert B. White. They were married in November 1945. In 1953, Bob and Lucile moved to Bob's hometown, Princeton, where Lucile spent her entire nursing career at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Lucile also took extra training to serve colostomy patients; an example of a life well served in service to others.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Princeton.
Surviving are two sons, Gary R. White of Owensboro, Ky., and Stephen R. (Lori Daniels) White of Mapleton; two grandchildren, Christopher S. (Brooke) White of Seattle, Wash., and Allison White of Nashville, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren, Charlotte White and Jack White, both of Seattle, Wash., and Truland White of Nashville, Tenn.; and her beloved, rescued cat, Tabby.
Robert passed away in February 2004 after 58 years of marriage. Lucile was also preceded in death by her parents.
The family believes the following poem, by Emily Dickinson, portrays the way she lived her life:
"If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
or cool one pain,
or help one fainting robin,
unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain."
Lucile's life was filled with generosity, faith, patience and love for others. May God reward her in heaven for her service to mankind.
Cremation rites were accorded. Internment and services will be a future date.
Contributions may be made to Friends of Strays, Princeton or Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle.
May you rest in heavenly peace and love, you will be greatly missed.