Lucille Sager, 92, of Estes Park died Saturday, December 21, 2013. Lucille was born on April 18, 1921 in Ord, Nebraska, to the Ross Lakin and Iva Beatrice Wood and was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Laverne, Dean, and Ross Lakin, Jr.
Lucille graduated from Ord High School in 1939 and earned her R.N. In 1942 from West Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Shortly thereafter she joined the Army Nurse Corp and served in the 212th Hospital Ship Platoon aboard the H.S. Marigold and attained the rank of First Lieutenant. She was always proud of her military service and was present in Yokohama Bay on her hospital ship when the Japanese surrendered, marking the end of WW II.
During WW II, and while her ship was in port next to another hospital ship, Lucille was surprised by her fiance of 3-1/2 years, Charles Spencer Jr., from the adjacent ship. That evening they were married, and the following day both ships departed for different destinations. A year later, after the Japanese surrender was signed, Lucille and Charles were reunited. They subsequently had two children. Charles Spencer died in 1972.
After the war and after her children were grown, Lucille resumed her nursing career and worked at Children’s Asthmatic Hospital (1965-1968), Valley View Hospital (1968-1972), and Beth Israel Hospital (1972-75), all in the Denver area. In 1975 Lucille married Bill Minick. They moved to Estes Park in 1989 where Lucille worked as a volunteer at both the Estes Park Senior Center and the Elizabeth Guild Thrift Shop. Bill Minick died in 1997.
In 2007 Lucille married Al Sager in Estes Park. Together they especially enjoyed traveling and playing cards with friends. Lucille is survived by her husband, Al Sager; her son Craig Spencer, Wellington, CO; her daughter, Valerie (Michael) Navratil, Lakewood, CO; and 4 grandchildren; and her two stepdaughters Patricia Williams, Edgemont, Arkansas; Shiela Mickelsen, Melbourne, Florida; and two Stepsons Michael Minick, Palm Bay, Florida; and William Minick, Louisville, Kentucky; and 7 stepgrandchildren.
There will be no public service for Lucille Sager. As per her request, she was cremated and private inurnment at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens will take place at a later date.