July 5, 1919 ~ May 7, 2015
Woman's Club VP & Chairperson
World Traveler & Supporter of the Arts
Entered life July 5, 1919 – Married 70 Years – Entered Heaven May 7, 2015
HIGHLIGHTS SHE SPOKE OF TO HER CHILDREN
I was so very fortunate to have experienced the best that life could offer on both the East Coast and West Coast! And everywhere in between!
It was wonderful growing up in Massachusetts with my dad Henry, my mom Mimi (Blanche), brother Norman, aunts and uncles that lived nearby, as well as cousins and lots of friends.
After graduating from Lasell (a prestigious Boston woman's college), I married my Classical High sweetheart, the handsome guy in the tux at all the dances, Edward Disbrow Jr. (Rensselaer and WPI). We celebrated our 70th anniversary on November 21, 2010. Class predictions were I'd live on the Rivera -- and we've lived in the Hollywood Rivera beach area of Southern California for 50 years.
We were married in 1940, honeymooned in Washington, D.C., and lived in Worchester till Eddie was drafted. Eddie came back to good times and later Diana was born. Eddie loved airplanes and in 1950 we decided to move to California – that was after he drove out here and was virtually hired on the spot as an Engineer at North American Aviation. We met new friends and lived the good life in Manhattan Beach, where my son "Buz" (E.P.D. III) was born. In 1966, we moved for good to our two-story house in Torrance (the Hollywood Riviera).
During those times, we took many vacations and tried to make almost every weekend a local family excursion. We experienced not only what Southern California is known for, but much more of what it has to offer – from days at the beach and cabins in the mountains, to oh so many places where we'd discover natural beauty, history, and the unique stories experienced at points-of-interest of all kinds. I am so proud that Diana and Buz have said many times: "you gave us a fantasy childhood".
In the 1980's, Eddie retired as lead Facilities Engineer, and I ended my active involvement in Women's Club and other worthy causes. For the next 20 years, our spirit for further adventures took us on many international and domestic travels. We visited all the mainland states coast-to-coast and Hawaii twice. We went most everywhere and saw most everything of note we set our hearts on: national parks, museums, historical sites, resorts – everywhere from the best restaurants in New Orleans to the best musicals and extravaganzas in Branson and Las Vegas, and even to airfields where Eddie flew in vintage planes. And over several trips, we saw the sights of Eastern and Western Canada.
Our global travels to 40 countries included both land tours and onboard cruises. We traveled to the major countries of Western Europe including France 5 times. We went to Greece and Greek Islands, Russia, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, South America, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and China.
In our later years, we concentrated on excursions to favorite places in California and nearby states. Then, as we aged, we had good times with our son and daughter taking us to restaurants and local places. And we cherished the parties for us that were attended by our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. What a life, through all those years of friendship and marriage, with both of us living into our nineties with good health!
MY FAVORITE MOMENT: Celebrating our Golden Anniversary surrounded by loved ones on the Queen Mary
MY FAVORITE SAYING: "Live on the Sunny Side of the Street"
LUCILLE WAS PROUD OF HER 4 GENERATIONS OF DANCERS
Lucille minored in Dance at Lasell College. Her dance teacher there was a protégé of Martha Graham. Her daughter, Diana, was a graduate of Long Beach City College where she majored in Dance. She performed in many productions over the years and 3 years ago performed at the Carpenter Theatre in Long Beach, California. Her granddaughter, Monique, studied ballet at Ballet Arts Center in Long Beach. She performed with the Long Beach Ballet and Utah's Ballet West. Karissa, her great granddaughter, has been studying dance for 10 years at several studios. She has been in numerous productions of "Nutcracker", many recital productions, and numerous competitions. Karissa is the recipient of a ballet scholarship to Nuvo Conventions and the Joffrey Ballet of New York.
LUCILLE'S ANTECEDENTS, FRIENDS & PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
We (daughter Diana Trombley & son Edward "Buz" Disbrow) felt some of you may be interested in our mom's friendships, especially with your mom, other relatives, or those wonderful friends and acquaintances one makes though life. Also, you may want to know about her LaRiviere and Bombardier family roots.
Lucille's mother Blanche Mathilda Bombardier (called Mimi) came from a large French-Canadian family in Three Rivers, Quebec and moved to Vermont when she was 3 years old. Mimi's father Armand Bombardier broke Morgan carriage horses. In 1916 he was convinced by his family to move to Massachusetts. Mimi met and married Henry LaRiviere – his family had lived for three generations in Southbridge, MA. Henry had two brothers (Dewey and Joseph) and four sisters. The LaRiviere - Bombardier relatives owned various commercial properties that included a drugstore and an Inn. Henry's great grandfather owned the Nipmuck House – a popular Inn to stop from Mass. on journeys to New York.
Lucille's grandfather (LaRiviere side) was named Alexis; he bought the drugstore for Uncle Joe who was a pharmacist. Alex did keep the store until he died; he had about 6 kids and 25 grandkids and would open up the store on Christmas and give the men shaving cream and other gifts, the woman their pick of cosmetics and stockings, and the kids sodas, ice cream, candy, and goodies.
Henry had an Accounting degree, yet because of the Depression he got into food/market management – he owned at various times three stores and later sold them, then worked mainly for the A&P as a manager (they wanted to advance him to district manager, but it'd meant time from family).
Mimi was a business woman (corselets) and she also upgraded and sold houses (her last was an estate size mansion that Bob Cousy of basketball fame bought for his large family). She was also one of the first women in Worchester to drive a car. A cousin of Mimi's was Bishop Bourdeau.
Lucille had an older brother – Norman – who played in the Alabama Marching band. The family had many relatives and friends close by who would often stop at their house to visit regularly.
Lucille met Eddie (she was the first to call him that – his parent's called him Junior!) when she was about 16 years old at a party of a friend of his (Albert Howell whom he made model airplanes with). Albert's sister was Bernice (a lifelong friend of Lucille who lived in New Hampshire), who had invited Lucille. After the party Eddie called and asked Lucille to the prom. It's been a long romance over the years.
Lucille and Eddie where married in 1940 with Norman being the Best Man and cousin Bernice Bourdeau her Maid of Honor. About two years later, Eddie was drafted into the Army. Mainly to by close to where Eddie was stationed, Lucille worked various jobs in the early years: selling watches/jewelry, helping in a library, at a bank, paymaster at officer's club, and in human resources for war plane motor factory. During the war, Lucille attained Sergeant in the Mass. defense corps, while Eddied eventually rose to Master Sergeant. He served in Europe and Japan, and also rescued a soldier from drowning (his army story is written up and was accepted in the Smithsonian).
Eddie and Lucille lived in Massachusetts and their daughter Diana was born there. Later in 1949/1950, Eddie went west to find work in California in the aircraft industry. In 1950, son Edward Disbrow III (Buz) was born. Eddie worked for North American Aviation and Rockwell – later bought by Boeing. His last few years he supervised the facilities aspects on a million sq. foot building – one of the largest in L.A. county and now a movie studio facility; he retired in 1968.
Lucille was active for many years in the General Federation Woman's Club. She was VP twice and asked to become president. She was involved in efforts to save the Madronna Marsh and historical sites/landmarks. She won California and national awards for her reports and activities. She also was involved in activities for Catholic Church, scouting (boy and girl scouts), and American Martyrs school.
The Disbrow family was not one to sit around and went on local excursions about 25-50 times a year plus summer vacation (as far as Yellowstone, several times to Yosemite, many California excursions and often to the mountain cabins in Bluejay and to Lake Gregory).
Lucille and Eddie traveled throughout the USA and internationally till age 80. Afterward, they made several special outings in California and nearby States. They always loved to enjoy life and had many good friends. Among those not already mentioned are Ginny Brown, Lorraine Mahony and Doris Ponte, from "Back East" and Shirley Winship from the Torrance, CA Woman's Club. Family members of several of Lucille's longtime friends still continue to keep in touch with her son and daughter. The circle continues.
Also, be assured the last years of Lucille's life were blessed. Her son Buz was her primary caregiver and lived with her (and Eddie till he died in 2011) at their two-story house with a "park-like" backyard. He made gourmet dinners, and took her often to restaurants (as well as weekly visits t the beauty salon - - people thought she looked 20 years younger than she was!). At least once a week (even less than a month before her passing), there were drives by the beaches and the Palos Verdes cliffs with views of Catalina Island. Often her personal (six days a week) caregiver, Gladys accompanied them. Gladys (who had been a teacher before coming to America) helped in many ways and was a wonderful companion to her – they would sit and watch musicals on television; both knew so much and mom was still a "sharp cookie" especially on travel, history, music and the arts. Her daughter Diana lived with her husband Dennis Trombley in nearby Long Beach. She visited mom regularly and often accompanied on restaurant visits. Diana also gave wonderful parties with fabulous table presentations and decorations. Birthdays and major holidays would find granddaughter Monique and her kids (great-grands) Karissa and Parker, as well as granddaughter Cherine and others. She also loved animals and always had cats – so she became known as "Grandma Kitty". What joy and memories!
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