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March 9th, 2017 under Obituaries
Lucy Miller Jacobson

Lucy Miller Jacobson

Lucy Miller Jacobson, “Lady” to her family, the youngest child of Clay Espy Miller and Lucy Foster Miller, passed away in her home on March 2, 2017, Texas Independence Day, after a long illness.

She was born November 18, 1935 in Fort Davis.

She left Fort Davis her junior year of high school to attend North Texas State University in 1953. She then transferred to the University of Texas in Austin in 1955, where she met her future husband, J.W. “Jake” Jacobson.

After they were married in 1956, they moved to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and a year later to Southern California where they raised their family, and her husband worked as a mechanical engineer. She was a devoted wife, wonderful mother, and a cherished grand and great-grandmother.

While raising her children, she attended Long Beach State University on and off for several years, to finally earn a Bachelor of arts degree in English with a minor in history in 1965.

She was a Girl Scout leader for 14 years for her daughters’ troops, and served as the neighborhood chairman for the Girl Scouts’ organization for many years.

In 1983, she returned to Fort Davis to help care for her mother.

In Fort Davis, she worked as clerk, or election judge for almost every election in her precinct for many years and maintained an interest in politics at all levels.

She was a talented creator of arts and crafts, handmade dolls and pottery.  She was an accomplished seamstress, making her own wedding gown, her attendants’ gowns, and both of her daughters’ wedding gowns. Over the years, she also made an array of costumes for herself, children and granddaughters to enjoy.

She had a small part in the movie Dancer, Texas Pop 81, filmed in Fort Davis.

She studied history and archaeology all her life, and was a prolific reader. She loved gardening, and had a wonderful green thumb. She also enjoyed music, cats and camping.

Like her brother Clay, she was a repository of stories and genealogy, for a wide-ranging family, tracing lineage back to signers of the Magna Carta and farther back where she could. Like her mother before her, she collected all her genealogy research in notebooks of typed monographs that she copied for all her extended family members and they treasure them greatly to this day.

Her crowning achievement, after ten years of work, was writing Jeff Davis County, Texas; the history of Jeff Davis County published in 1994. Referred to as the “Big White Book,” it contains a synopsis of the history of the Old Fort and the community and histories of the many families that lived in the county in its first 100 years. Mildred Bloys Nored, Pansy Evans Espy and others helped her with it. Copies reside in major libraries around the country.

She was often called on to research, or verify, some event or person in history and could always refer people to other places to find answers. She transferred her love of genealogy to her children, nieces and cousins.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Fort Davis Historical Society.

She is survived by her daughter, Ionia “Liz” J DeVol of Arizona; a son, Dave E. Jacobson of Fort Davis; granddaughters Sarah DeVol Mahoney and Kimberly DeVol Luttschwager; great-granddaughters Saundra Cullum and Bonnie Luttschwager; sisters-in-law JoEllen “Jody” Miller of Valentine and Theda Jacobson of California; and her brother-in-law, Leon Geddis Byerley Jr. of Midland.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clay Espy Miller Sr.; her mother, Lucy Foster Miller; her daughter, Annette Jacobson Beverburg; her husband, J.W. “Jake” Jacobson; her sister, Mary Elizabeth Byerley; and just recently, her brother, Clay Espy Miller Jr.

A memorial service will be at 2pm Saturday, March 25 at the Jeff Davis County Fire Hall in Fort Davis. A reception will follow at the home of Larry and Beth Francell, 109 N. Buckeye in Fort Davis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jeff Davis County Ambulance Replacement Fund, PO Box 1063, Fort Davis, TX 79734.

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