Lucille Revell

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
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Lucille Revell died on her 103rd birthday Nov. 12, 2021, in Terry, Montana, of complications from a stroke.

She was born in 1918 at the family homestead near Brockway, Montana, the daughter of Will and Daisy Hubing. Because her birth came one day after the Allied victory in World War One, she was named Lucille Victoria Hubing. News of her birth was conveyed through one of the first primitive telephones, along the fence lines to the Bert Hubing family homestead nearby.

When she was six years old, the family moved to Terry, which seemed a big city to Lucille. From an early age her favorite activity was reading, mostly fiction and poetry. She had three brothers, one of whom broke her arm when she was 10 while practicing boxing. She attended Terry schools, graduating with the class of 1936. Her best friend at school was Beverly Schott, with whom she shared a romantic vision of life and literature, along with a sense of humor. The two of them would go to the cemetery and invent tragic stories about the poor souls who had met untimely deaths, bringing tears to their own eyes. After graduation she went to work as a telephone operator in Terry. In 1940 she moved to Sidney, and subsequently she and two friends moved to Oceanside, California, to join the war effort as telephone operators, living in a governmentsponsored converted hotel, tracking American planes down the coast before radar.

In 1946, after the war, she married Floyd Revell in Los Angeles. Ironically, they had grown up about 30 miles apart, but did not meet until adulthood. They soon moved back to Terry and started a family. Their three children, Suzanne, Connie, and Paul, were born there and attended school. Floyd built and ran the R and H Locker Plant, where Lucille also worked, until their retirement in 1977.

Lucille loved card games, playing bridge and pinochle for many years. An avid reader, she served on the library board and belonged to a book club. She was also on the board of both the hospital and the local council on aging and was active in the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sacred Heart Altar Society. An intrepid traveler, she enjoyed visiting cities from San Francisco to New York and Washington, D.C.

An extraordinarily good listener, she acted as a second mother to a number of people, some of whom had lost their own mothers. More than one plane traveler, seated next to her, poured out his life story to her. She could recite lengthy poems she had memorized decades earlier, and continued to love poetry throughout her life. She also baked wonderful sweet rolls, fondly remembered by her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and brothers Lee and Gregory Hubing. She is survived by her brother Chuck Hubing; her three children; grandsons Justin and Cyrus Revand; greatgrandchildren Giovanna, Sabrina, Cole, and Thomas Revand, numerous nieces and nephews as well as stepgrandchildren and their children, and her special friend Eileen Benjamin.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Terry. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Terry. Rite of committal will follow at the Prairie County Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons. com. In lieu of flowers, please choose to donate to the Prairie County Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 66, Terry, MT 59349, or to the Montana Talking Book Library, P.O. Box 201800, Helena, MT 59620-1800.