Lucille Grace Mullis of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at her home in St. Clair, surrounded by the love of her caring family, on October 6, 2016, having reached the age of seventy-three years, ten months and twenty-five days.
Lucille was born in Sullivan, MO, daughter of John David Busse and Nellie Louise Busse nee Keen.
As a young woman she was united in marriage and blessed to have four children. On November 11, 1992, she was united in marriage to Fred Lamar Mullis and their families were joined as one.
Lucille is survived by her husband, Fred Mullis of St. Clair; by three children, Richard Schnieter and wife, Debbie, Theresa Smith and husband Leroy, and Connie Schneiter and fiancé, Scott, all of St. Clair; by four step-children, Thomas Mullis of Charlotte, NC, Phillip Mullis and wife, Christine, of Concordia, MO, Watson Mullis and wife, Lisa, of St. Clair and Tina Nixon and husband, Anthony, Sr., of Union, MO; by twenty-four grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great, great-great and great-great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, John D. Busse and Nellie Busse Hedgcoth; by her daughter, Deborah Schneiter; by two step-fathers, John Hampton and Tony Hedgcoth; by four brothers, John E., Herman, Carl and Louis Busse, known to all as Louie, and by seven sisters, Estella Wideman, Eileen Gaur, Dorothy Fisher, Nora Weekes, Lena Melton, Gertrude Cox, known to all as Gertie and Kathleen Engelken, known to all as Katie.
Lucille was a Christian and member of New Chapel Hill Baptist Church near St. Clair, MO. She was a Certified Nurses’ Assistant and for about twelve years had worked outside the home at both Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan and mostly at Cedar Crest Nursing Home in Washington, MO. Lucille’s passion was caring for children so she decided to provide child care in her home. Over the years of caring for children she has cared for over two hundred different children, loving each one of them. Helping Fred with whatever project he was working on gave her great pleasure. She loved the outdoors and caring for her yard and raising beautiful flowers was one of her favorite hobbies. Lucille’s home and family was her pride and joy. She kept an immaculate home and enjoyed doing so. Many wonderful memories have been created with her family and they will cherish these memories forever.
A devoted and loving wife, mother, step-mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, great, great-great and great-great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Paul Niemoeller officiating. Interment was in Anaconda Cemetery, St. Clair, MO.