Lucy Lagrone-Long went home to see her Lord & Savior on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Lucy was born on January 22, 1955 in Cameron, TX to AD & Ruth Lagrone. Lucy was their first child and would be the only one born in TX as her family soon relocated to Boise, ID. It was there that her four siblings joined the family: Lisa, Andy, Joel, and Lore.
As a young child Lucy made the most important decision of her life – to trust Jesus Christ as her Lord & Savior. As a teenager she recognized the calling on her life to missions as she listened to “So Send I You” at a church rally. These two decisions would be the foundation of her life and legacy.
She met the love of her life, John Long, in 1973 and they married on June 14, 1974 in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso, John and Lucy served on their first short term mission project in Juarez, Mexico before relocating to Gainesville, FL.
Lucy was a proud graduate of the University of Florida (’80 Nursing) and would use her gifting as a pediatric nurse, ICU nurse, Hospice nurse, Camp nurse, and with the Baptist Nursing Fellowship of Florida.
After John graduated from UF, he and Lucy relocated to Ft. Worth, TX where John attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While in Ft. Worth, their only child, Megan Melissa, was born in 1986.
He and Lucy would go on to serve at 6 churches across the country. Lucy’s talents allowed her to serve in a myriad of areas such as VBS director, Praise Team leader, Sunday School teacher, church pianist, parish nurse, and so many more. Some of her greatest friendships and relationships would be forged while serving at these churches.
In 2007, they transitioned from full time church ministry to serving overseas with the International Mission Board in Gent, Belgium. While in Belgium, Lucy was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Instead of taking the diagnosis and returning to the US, Lucy used it to reach into new lives and a new area of service in Belgium. Her hope and peace would shine through multiple stem cell transplants, years of chemotherapy, radiation and treatment.
On August 5, 2014, all of the important people in Lucy’s life would take a backseat to the new front runner, her only grandchild – Macy Michaela Green. You could not meet Lucy without hearing about and seeing pictures of the “Macygator”.
Upon retiring from the mission field, John and Lucy moved to Big Spring, TX and later DeLand, FL to take on the best role yet – grandparents. Lucy attended school programs, cheerleading events, AWANA award nights, and everything else she could be at.
Ultimately, Myeloma cut short the time her family would have wished to spend with her. But we rejoice in knowing she lived and died a life worth celebrating.
She leaves behind her loving husband of 46 years, John; one daughter, Megan, and son-in-love, Justin. Her favorite grandchild Macy Michaela. She also leaves behind her mother Ruth Lagrone of Milano, TX. Her siblings Lisa Lagrone of Milano, TX, Andy (Jamie) Lagrone of Bulverde, TX, Joel (D’Aun) Lagrone of Keller, TX, and Lore (Chris) Lagrone of Pearland, TX, along with numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, AD Lagrone.
A memorial service will be held at Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand, FL on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be live streamed on the church’s website and YouTube pages.