Lucille Mae (Silveira) Maimone, nee Lucy Paul Silveira, was born Nov. 14, 1934, in Hanford, California to John Paul and Margaret (Mejia) Silveira. Her mother died when Lucille was five years old and was buried on Lucille's sixth birthday. While she was placed in the care of her uncle, she spent most of her childhood in various foster homes around Southern California. At the age of 12 she moved with her uncle and his wife to Ravenna, and after just a few months of living with them she needed to find a new home. She famously walked up and down Riddle Avenue knocking on doors asking if she could live there. She was welcomed into Mary and Arthur Petit's home where she lived until she married her high school sweetheart and then husband of 58 years, Charlie Maimone. Lucille and Charlie, who was in the Air Force, traveled the world with their 10 children, living in Tennessee for eight years, Germany for four years, and the Philippines for another four years. The family also lived in California, Washington State and Oklahoma. They returned to their hometown in 1974, and Lucille began working her business with May Kay Cosmetics. Attaining the position of Executive Senior Sales Director, a top leadership position in the company, Lucille was known throughout the county as the Woman with the Pink Car. She had hundreds of people on her sales team and provided skin care and cosmetics to thousands of people throughout her career. Drawing from her years in foster care, Lucille was a strong independent woman. As an Air Force wife she was often left to raise the children on her own while Charlie was overseas. Growing up as an only child without her parents, and seeing the love of Charlie's large Maimone family, Lucille wanted to surround herself with family of her own. She was the mother of 10 children, grandmother to 39 and great grandmother to 24. She was at home as much at a sporting event as at an orchestra concert, watching her children and grandchildren play and perform. She raised mothers, fathers, executives, artists, musicians, a plumber, and a teacher. She learned to cook from her Italian mother-in-law and perfected those Italian dishes as well as those she learned to cook in her travels, although she loved the food of her Mexican heritage the most! Lucille continued to learn throughout her life. She was a master cake decorator and seamstress, she took drawing and writing classes (she often had clever twists to her well-crafted stories) and even started college in her 50s to take music classes while her daughters were also studying music. She was an avid reader of (mostly) cookbooks, personal growth and religious books. She had a can-do attitude that she instilled in her children and everyone around her. Lucille was indeed surrounded by the love she and Charlie nurtured in their family. The entire family would like to thank the three people (who deserve the gratitude but will shy away from recognition) who lovingly helped our mother and grandmother until the end. Lucille and Charlie were members of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna where they were married, regularly attended Mass and witnessed many baptisms, First Communions, weddings and funerals. Lucille is preceded in death by her husband Charles Maimone, daughter Tina (James) Rutherford, her uncle and aunt Martin and Ruth Maciel, her mother and father Margaret (Mejia) and John Paul Silveira, her foster parents Mary and Arthur Petit, her sons-in-law James Dietz (Lynne) and Salvatore Mascio (Margaret) and daughter-in-law Mary Ann Quirk (Charles) Maimone. She will be missed by her children Lynne (Dietz) Maimone, Cheryl (Andrew) Boomhower, Charles Maimone, Margaret (Tom) Medzie, John (Stefanie) Maimone, James (Mollie) Maimone, Nancy Maimone, Michael (Alice) Maimone and Lucienne (Joseph) Zaynor as well as her grandchildren, their spouses and her great grandchildren. While these names may be too many to mention in this space, they are written on their grandparents' hearts. Calling hours will be from 4 PM to 7 PM Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna with Father William Kraynak officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.
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