LUCILLE FRANCIS (KEGEN) HIBEN

A tribute to:
Lucille Francis Hiben
1930-2014

Lucille Francis Kegen was the daughter of Charles and Agnes Kegen, born in Stanton Township Dunn County March 21st, 1930.

Lucille attended Pleasant Dale Country School.  Then arrangements were made to stay with a family in Downing, helping with house chores and babysitting to be able to attend high school in Glenwood City, graduating in 1947.  After graduation, Lucille worked for Doughboy in New Richmond.  In 1948, Lucille married Raymond Hiben.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents Charles & Agnes Kegen, Sisters Marleys Hagger, Charolette Burton, Eunice Plemon, one brother Leroy Kegen.  Lucille is survived by one brother, Lionel (Mary) Kegen of Boyceville, three children, eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and two great -great grandchildren.

Ray & Lucille lived in the Boyceville area and were blessed with a family of three children, Jerry (Julie) Hiben, Cynthia “Cindy” (Bill) Lee, Sylvia “Sue” (Jeff) Booth all of Boyceville.  Special blessings continued with grandchildren Chad (Sheila) Lee, Kerby (Darlene) Lee, Clinton Lee, Jessica (Nate) Donaldson, Daniel (Jody) Hiben, Amanda (Kevin) Hanson, Samantha (Kerry) Halopka, Mitchell (Haley) Booth, great grandchildren Morgan & Kaitlin Lee, Nicole & Allison Hiben, Dylan & Ashlee Hanson, Curt (Mel) Nelson, Natalie & Keith Nelson, Bentley Halopka, and great-great grandchildren Steven & Grace Nelson.

In 1963, Ray &Lucille purchased the Hiben family farm.  So this began the life of farming they both loved.  Together they worked to make a home and family that they were so proud of.  Besides being a Mother and helping with farm work, Lucille worked outside of the home.  Working in Boyceville for Peterson’s Market, Town & Country Market, and Filipa’s drug store helping with yearly inventory.  Lucille just did what was needed to be done to make ends meet.  Which also served to teach her family values of work.

A large pickle patch was planted and pickles were sold to the pickle factory in Boyceville. As a family we all picked pickles.  How excited Mom was for the pickle pick car invention, a purchase which was a back saver and provided shade.  We as a family also would dig and sell angle worms to the Blodgett Worm Farm in Boyceville.  There was always something to be done.  Money earned and saved for needs or a special family trip.

In later years, the learning continued to grandchildren in the form of a large strawberry patch, collecting and making maple syrup, picking black berries, and collecting and selling mushrooms.  The farm, with God’s guidance through our parents made us who we are and gave us so much to be thankful for.

Somehow between farm work, family, and a beautifully kept house, Lucille still found time for more.  Going to art classes with a close friend, Mildred Brezina.  She painted with oil paints and decorated her home with her own paintings.  Lucille made quilts, gardened having many beautiful flowers, and canning to enjoy the harvest during the winter.  Lucille was a tremendous baker.  Cakes, breads, cookies, doughnuts always ready to be shared by all who entered her kitchen.  So this lead Lucille to yet another talent, decorating cakes.  Lucille and a close friend, Liz Kindschy went to cake decorating classes.  With these talents Lucille made and decorated cakes for friends and family, for weddings, graduations, babies, and birthdays.  Every grandchild would get a cake that they would choose from Grandma’s cake book each year for their birthday.

Lucille was so proud and excited working with a close friend, Rosella Moe, and other classmates to plan a class reunion.  It was a Reunion she had so much fun attending.

Whatever Lucille’s children or grandchildren asked she would do her best to fulfill.  From sewing a Halloween outfit to making Christmas stockings.  Whatever help was needed, was only a phone call away.  No matter friend or family, I’m not sure if she ever said no.  If help was needed, it was given.  Lucille helped and stayed when needed at neighbors and families homes, when cancer made life so difficult.  Lucille’s own Father, suffered 12 years from a form of dementia.

Lucille’s favorite pastime, she loved to fish.  A family tradition of a trip to the lake, a week or weekend was shared with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren leaving the most beautiful memories.

Lucille had many talents and gifts she shared these generously throughout her life, creating a loving home making every holiday and birthday extra special.  Santa visited in person every Christmas Eve.

A beautiful person has left this earth.  Somehow life was never about Mom, but about her family.  The last years dementia was stealing away the person we loved, but she was still there offering hugs and kisses to help us survive this journey.

May all Lucille did and shared live in our hearts forever to be passed on to generations of children to come, to always know Love.

Sadly missed Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Cousin, and friend.

They are not lost who find the light of the sun and stars and God.

Rest in eternal peace, Mom.

The funeral service for Lucille was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville, WI, with Reverend Geoff Scott officiating. Visitation was held from 1-3 p.m. at the church.