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Noble friend of Caro

CARO — Caro has lost a great friend and supporter. On Christmas Day, Lucille Noble, 101, passed away.

She was born in Fairgrove on July 22, 1908, the daughter of Myron and Linnie Hall.

Upon moving to Caro in the early ‘70’s, Lucille joined the Caro Garden Club. She became president in 1982. The next year, she and her club began a street-planting project known as Operation Marigold.

“She would come into my office and negotiate/demand that Public Works Employees roto till the beds the club had chosen to plant,” said Don Dugger, Village Manager at the time. “On the Saturday they planted, we would open up the garage behind the office, for the volunteers to use as a base for their operations.

“She was a classy lady, no jeans for her,” Dugger said. “I’ve seen her out supervising the project in her fur coat. She might even have planted (while) wearing it.

“We cooperated with her, although we didn’t always do exactly as she wanted, “he continued. “I really liked her. She knew what she wanted and how to get it.”

Other beautification projects followed.

Noble convinced the owner to donate a piece of land at the corner of M-81 and Ellington Street to the Village. Then she designed the Memorial Garden and the “Welcome to Caro” sign.

More recently, she and the Garden Club had put in a small garden in the triangle between Lincoln and Burnside, on Frank Street After the parking lots were redone, part of the garden was gone. Noble and Iola Craig planned a smaller garden and boulders were brought in. Upon completion, the park was named Noble Boulder Park in Noble’s honor.

Lucille married James Noble in July 1931. During the Great Depression, they bought an 88-acre farm where she lived for 44 years.

In those early years, there was no electricity. Noble said that it was a ‘glorious’ day when it was installed in 1936. For many years, they grew everything that they ate.

Jim and Lucille had four children: Bob, Jerry, Marilyn and Karen. For 22 years Lucille was a stay-at-home mother. In 1953, with an influx of children entering school, she agreed to help out until they could hire another teacher. She ended up ‘helping out’ for 20 years.

Jim died in 1970. In 1973, Lucille retired from teaching and moved to Caro.

She transformed a bare dirt yard into a garden showplace, adding a sunroom and patio to her house. She enjoyed entertaining, playing bridge, and being with family and friends.

In addition to the Garden Club, she belonged to the Fairgrove Presbyterian Church (during inclement weather she attended the Caro Presbyterian Church), prayer groups, Bible Study groups, and the Scarlet Sisters Red Hat group of Caro.

On her 100th birthday, Noble listed some of the benefits of reaching 100 years of age:

• There’s little peer pressure.

• People don’t expect you to remember things.

• You get a lot of rides from folks.

• You don’t sweat the small stuff anymore.

• People are really nice to you.

• You realize life is really good.

“Lucille was a very passionate person and that didn’t dwindle with age,” said her friend, Marcia Leonard. “She lived looking forward and embracing the good.

“We will miss her. The whole town will miss her. She was an extraordinary woman.”