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3-7-22, Lucy Lucking, 95

Lucy Lucking passed away on March 7, 2022, in San Diego, CA. In 1926, Lucy was born to Malcolm and Lucy Chellstorp in Chicago, IL.

She spoke fondly of her girlhood days in her beloved hometown, attending Pierce Grammar School, making lifelong friends in her neighborhood, taking the streetcar and the “L” train, and playing on the beach of Lake Michigan.

After graduating Senn High School, she headed west to join her aunt and uncle, and help with the war effort.

In the first chapter of her California life, Lucy found work in Port Hueneme, CA, made new friends, and met Tom Kelley, who she married in 1947.

Living initially in Ventura, CA, they moved to Ojai in 1950, to raise their daughters and start a business, Santa Paula Office Equipment.

When Karen and Krissy were growing up, Lucy was active in the PTA, Girl Scouts, Junior Women’s Club, and Children’s Home Society, embracing leadership roles and expanding her circle of friends.

A delightful hostess, Lucy enjoyed all aspects of entertaining. Guests were treated to a lovely experience: detailed recipe research and execution, fresh flowers from her garden adorning the table, a well-garnished cocktail, and omnipresent laughter.

Through her weekly tennis games, she became involved in the Ojai Tennis Tournament, continuing her community involvement.

After 50 years of marriage, Tom passed away. With her usual resilience, Lucy developed new acquaintances and pastimes.

In 2000, she married Bill Lucking, acquiring a boisterous larger family, and an interesting new life on the ranch. They had several years where they were able to travel to many places in the world that she had only read about.

In 2007, Lucy was widowed again, and moved back into town, where she lived until 2018. Being close to the Ojai Valley Museum, where she volunteered, browsing in the Arcade shops, and walking to coffee groups with friends were great pleasures to her.

Loved and respected by a large net of friends and family, Lucy will be remembered for her independent spirit, active lifestyle, and veritable beauty.

She was also preceded in death by her brother Eric Chellstorp; sister, Novia Werno; and stepson, Bill Lucking.

Her survivors include her brother, Frank Chellstorp; daughters, Karen Waldrop (Bill Waldrop), and Kristine Greer (Randy Greer); grandchildren, Lauren Price, Michael Greer, David Greer, Brianne Prante, and Kelly Greer; stepdaughters, Lana Fredell, Ruth Col, and Carly Ford. Nine great-grandchildren also remember her fondly.

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