Lucile H. Ennor

01/17/1915 — 06/24/2006

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Chicago, Illinois

Lucile H. Ennor

Lucile H. Ennor, nee Hennings, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, June 23, at Hospice House in Kennewick as her son Gary read Psalm 23 her favorite to her. Her final days were spent in comfort and the company of family and visitors who shared positive memories, hand-holding, tears, and much laughter in honoring a life well lived and loved.

The daughter of Swedish immigrants, Lucile was born on January 17, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois. There she played sandlot baseball with the boys, swam in Lake Michigan, was active in her church, and received once-around-the-block “driver’s ed” training to initiate her expertise in chauffeuring family and friends across two continents and at least 22 countries. In 1940, Lucile married Howard R. Ennor, whose job required them to move to Oregon, where they started their family amidst his extended family and a growing group of friends. In 1948, they moved to Richland, Washington, with Dale, Cheryl, and Gary, where they extended their family with many good neighbors, church members, work colleagues, scouting groups, and school chums—as well as the final family member, Susan. Lucile’s spunky, fun-loving nature and trusted reliability made her a much-desired presence and companion with whom to work, play pinochle, square dance, and simply share time.

Wherever she was, Lucile was actively engaged with her family, church, and community. In Richland, she was a dedicated church member and choir director at Southside United Protestant church, creative Cub Scout den mother, supportive PTA member and school carnival clown, and she provided Boy Scout shuttle service to and from mountain trailheads, when she and her family weren’t camping and exploring the western states and Canada themselves. Lucile was Mother Earth in caring for her children through thick and thin and for all of the friends and strays they brought home, too. Her homespun wisdom and spontaneous sense of fun had wide appeal and a multitude of enriching effects for others¯from grandmothers to grandchildren.

When Howard accepted the job of Director of Budget and Finance for the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria in 1961, Lucile’s adventurous spirit and outgoing people skills thrived on the inner-city life of her newly adopted home and its variety of inhabitants, activities, and opportunities to travel further afield to meet new and interesting people and marvel at the beauty of the various landscapes. She naturally connected with the rich diversity of people, languages, cultures, religious beliefs, ethnicities, and national heritages throughout Europe. She invariably found common ground for respectful shared dialog, if not loving interaction over time, distance, and differences. She was an excellent correspondent, who invested well in keeping in contact with anyone who crossed or shared her path over time. She gave everyone her gift of love and the many doors it opens, by modeling the fundamental wisdom underlying her Christian faith that she internalized and lived so gracefully.

Lucile’s kindness and approachability made her a second mother to many and her home a home-away-from-home for an ever-widening circle of people¯from old friends to newly acquainted world travelers and others in need. Her ability to provide food for the heart and soul was matched by her culinary skills that drew many to her table. She artfully delivered attractively presented meals and desserts with mouth-watering appeal¯whether baking cookies for Audubon meetings, entrees for potlucks at church, American fare for European friends, or making cranberry relish and gravy for Thanksgiving with friends and family.

A natural care- and service-provider, Lucile was simply always there for so many in her well-peopled life. She saw needs and filled them cheerfully. Her twinkling eyes and impish grin will be greatly missed, but her spirit and tremendous sense of humor live on. In addition to her husband and their four children mentioned previously, Lucile is survived by her daughters-in-law Pat and Mari-Anne, son-in-law Don Bihl, and her grandchildren David, Sophia, and Alex Ennor, and Alison and Morgen Bihl.

Graveside services will be held at 9:00 a.m., on Tuesday, June 27, at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland. A “celebration of life” service will be announced sometime in July.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lucile’s name to Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 W. Entiat Ave. Kennewick, WA 99336.

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  • I am sorry to hear of Lucile’s passing. It’s so sad to lose a parent. There still are times I need to talk to mine.

    As I was thinking about Lucile, I remember one time at church while we were in the choir. We had a roaming Minister from the south. The service was a “fire and Brim-stone” service, which we had never heard before. I’m not sure who started to giggle every time he raised his voice but when one starts the rest will follow. Carol, Sharon L, Cheryl and myself tried to hide behide our hymnals but you could still see us shaking. I thought for sure Mrs. Ennor would never forgive us….but she did. Just a short talk about how to treat our visiting ministers. I could see the twinkle in her eyes.

    She was a wonderful person and a blessing to the youngsters at our church.

    God bless you, Lucile

    Sharon Brooks Sims
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • July 3, 2006

    To the extended Ennor family—

    We were saddened to learn of Lucile’s passing, though we knew it was eminent. Lucile and husband Howard were wonderful neighbors and friends when they lived on Thayer, particularly to my parents, Sam and Wanda Russell, who cherished them for the special people they were. Wanda and Lucile shared news and photos of their grandkids with each other; my daughter, Jennifer, visited and made cookies with Lucile and Susan; Howard signed and gave a copy of his bird book to Lisa, our nature lover; and of course, not a birthday went by that my girls didn’t get lovely cards written in Lucile’s beautiful script. My mom, who has also passed, truly enjoyed her friendship with your wonderful mother. My mother stayed at home a lot due to poor health, and phone conversations and visits with Lucile brought her a lot of joy that we are still grateful for.

    Over the past year or more, my daughter, Lisa, has had the opportunity to renew the friendship with both Howard and Lucile, as she works as a caregiver at Alterra, and was assigned to their daily care. She would bring home news of how they were doing, and in the days just before Lucile passed, we prayed for peace and comfort to surround Howard and your family during this time. That is our continued prayer for your family, that your memories of this gracious and loving lady will lift all your hearts.

    May God bless and keep you,

    Ruth, Jennifer, and Lisa Pierson

    Ruth, Jennifer, and Lisa Pierson
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • My heart and prayers are with Lucile’s wonderful family. I know this most precious lady will be truly missed. I so enjoyed being Directed by, and singing with her in choir at Southside, and seeing her twinkling eyes and smile as I met her at the Frankfurt Germany airport, and even there I could count on this wonderful lady helping me once again. I am sure that she and “my” Charlie are having a great chat with the Lord. I am so thankful to have known her.

    God Bless you always, Sally Bryan

    Sallly Bryan
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear family members,

    After the yearly Christmas letter did not arrive any more,we were thinking some bad things must have arrived.

    Lucile was my “church girl friend” in the church board of the Vienna Community Church in Vienna-Austria.

    She typed for many years the bulletin and I had to print every Saterday night 200 copies on an old carbon printer. Excellent colleque in all the church work and always positive in all activities. Same thinking, doing things without too much talk. We were always on the same line, may be because the Dutch and the Swedes have many things in common.For Howard a big loss,

    try to compensate the activities of your always active mother!

    We meet again sometime that´s

    for sure!!

    All the best to you all.

    Auke/Alice van de Kerk

    Auke/Alice van de Kerk
    November 4, 2014
    Voorburg, ZH, Netherlands
  • I will always remember Lucille as a very positive part of my life at Southside Church. She always had a smile and pleasant word, wherever I saw her.

    I know she will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

    Dorothy Stamper McGhan
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Howard and Family:

    We had the pleasure of knowing your sweet Lucille from 1948 on as you moved next door to us in Richland. Some of the fondest memories of my childhood was having “love thy neighbor” play itself out with the coffee klatches, birthday parties in the back yards for each and every one of us kids, curling our hair with chemical permanents that stunk to high heaven, listening to the sounds of Lucille’s whistle to get the children to come home for dinner or calling Deedle Dee the cat.

    She has enriched all of our lives, and we will see her again in heaven.

    Marilyn Biehn Fode
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • Dear Howard, Dale, Cheryl, Susan, Gary, and family,

    I will always remember Lucile for her upbeat attitude. She was always so kind to me and my family.

    I remember her bringing her coffeepot in one hand and rolls or a coffecake in the other next door to share with my mom, Lula. Her friendship with mother was such a blessing and meant more than the world to her.

    One example of her kindness to me was when I was staying overnight as a child because my folks were gone. I got sick in the middle of the night all over the bed, and Lucile was so sweet and loving to me even having to wash me and remake the bed in the middle of the night.

    I always remember her whistle to the kids when it was time to come home from play. Also her Deedle-Deedle-Dee, calling the cat.

    What a beautiful soul she was.

    I’m sure mother and she are sharing stories over a cupa coffee in heaven.

    Much love to you.

    Cathy

    Cathy Wickholm
    November 4, 2014
    Selah, WA, US
  • I am sorry to hear of Lucile’s passing. It’s so sad to lose a parent. There still are times I need to talk to mine.

    As I was thinking about Lucile, I remember one time at church while we were in the choir. We had a roaming Minister from the south. The service was a “fire and Brim-stone” service, which we had never heard before. I’m not sure who started to giggle every time he raised his voice but when one starts the rest will follow. Carol, Sharon L, Cheryl and myself tried to hide behide our hymnals but you could still see us shaking. I thought for sure Mrs. Ennor would never forgive us….but she did. Just a short talk about how to treat our visiting ministers. I could see the twinkle in her eyes.

    She was a wonderful person and a blessing to the youngsters at our church.

    God bless you, Lucile

    Sharon Brooks Sims
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • July 3, 2006

    To the extended Ennor family—

    We were saddened to learn of Lucile’s passing, though we knew it was eminent. Lucile and husband Howard were wonderful neighbors and friends when they lived on Thayer, particularly to my parents, Sam and Wanda Russell, who cherished them for the special people they were. Wanda and Lucile shared news and photos of their grandkids with each other; my daughter, Jennifer, visited and made cookies with Lucile and Susan; Howard signed and gave a copy of his bird book to Lisa, our nature lover; and of course, not a birthday went by that my girls didn’t get lovely cards written in Lucile’s beautiful script. My mom, who has also passed, truly enjoyed her friendship with your wonderful mother. My mother stayed at home a lot due to poor health, and phone conversations and visits with Lucile brought her a lot of joy that we are still grateful for.

    Over the past year or more, my daughter, Lisa, has had the opportunity to renew the friendship with both Howard and Lucile, as she works as a caregiver at Alterra, and was assigned to their daily care. She would bring home news of how they were doing, and in the days just before Lucile passed, we prayed for peace and comfort to surround Howard and your family during this time. That is our continued prayer for your family, that your memories of this gracious and loving lady will lift all your hearts.

    May God bless and keep you,

    Ruth, Jennifer, and Lisa Pierson

    Ruth, Jennifer, and Lisa Pierson
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • My heart and prayers are with Lucile’s wonderful family. I know this most precious lady will be truly missed. I so enjoyed being Directed by, and singing with her in choir at Southside, and seeing her twinkling eyes and smile as I met her at the Frankfurt Germany airport, and even there I could count on this wonderful lady helping me once again. I am sure that she and “my” Charlie are having a great chat with the Lord. I am so thankful to have known her.

    God Bless you always, Sally Bryan

    Sallly Bryan
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear family members,

    After the yearly Christmas letter did not arrive any more,we were thinking some bad things must have arrived.

    Lucile was my “church girl friend” in the church board of the Vienna Community Church in Vienna-Austria.

    She typed for many years the bulletin and I had to print every Saterday night 200 copies on an old carbon printer. Excellent colleque in all the church work and always positive in all activities. Same thinking, doing things without too much talk. We were always on the same line, may be because the Dutch and the Swedes have many things in common.For Howard a big loss,

    try to compensate the activities of your always active mother!

    We meet again sometime that´s

    for sure!!

    All the best to you all.

    Auke/Alice van de Kerk

    Auke/Alice van de Kerk
    November 4, 2014
    Voorburg, ZH, Netherlands
  • I will always remember Lucille as a very positive part of my life at Southside Church. She always had a smile and pleasant word, wherever I saw her.

    I know she will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

    Dorothy Stamper McGhan
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Howard and Family:

    We had the pleasure of knowing your sweet Lucille from 1948 on as you moved next door to us in Richland. Some of the fondest memories of my childhood was having “love thy neighbor” play itself out with the coffee klatches, birthday parties in the back yards for each and every one of us kids, curling our hair with chemical permanents that stunk to high heaven, listening to the sounds of Lucille’s whistle to get the children to come home for dinner or calling Deedle Dee the cat.

    She has enriched all of our lives, and we will see her again in heaven.

    Marilyn Biehn Fode
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • Dear Howard, Dale, Cheryl, Susan, Gary, and family,

    I will always remember Lucile for her upbeat attitude. She was always so kind to me and my family.

    I remember her bringing her coffeepot in one hand and rolls or a coffecake in the other next door to share with my mom, Lula. Her friendship with mother was such a blessing and meant more than the world to her.

    One example of her kindness to me was when I was staying overnight as a child because my folks were gone. I got sick in the middle of the night all over the bed, and Lucile was so sweet and loving to me even having to wash me and remake the bed in the middle of the night.

    I always remember her whistle to the kids when it was time to come home from play. Also her Deedle-Deedle-Dee, calling the cat.

    What a beautiful soul she was.

    I’m sure mother and she are sharing stories over a cupa coffee in heaven.

    Much love to you.

    Cathy

    Cathy Wickholm
    November 4, 2014
    Selah, WA, US
  • Dear Howard, Dale, Cheryl, Susan, Gary, and family,

    I will always remember Lucile for her upbeat attitude. She was always so kind to me and my family.

    I remember her bringing her coffeepot in one hand and rolls or a coffecake in the other next door to share with my mom, Lula. Her friendship with mother was such a blessing and meant more than the world to her.

    Cathy Wickholm
    November 4, 2014
    Selah, WA, US
  • To the Ennor Family

    We have such fond memories of a delightful lady, and are grateful for the privilege of counting Lucile among our friends.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.

    With our sincere sympathy,

    Mary and Ben Johnson

    Mary & Ben Johnson
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We were very sad to hear of Lucile passing. She was the best neighbor anyone could ever have. We will never forget coming home one day and seeing Lucile sweeping our driveway because her pine tree had dropped cones there and made a mess. No amount of “scolding” could keep her from doing this. What a great neighbor!

    Jan & Eric Greenwell
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Susan, Don, Morgen and Alison: We share in your loss of Oma. She was such a kind and caring woman.

    You are in our prayers and thoughts.

    Diane, Lee, Daniella and Paul

    Diane Morton
    November 4, 2014
    Las, Vegas, NV, US
  • We would like to convey our heart felt love to the family. . .Howard, we will miss her terribly but know that God promises that in faith, it is a brief time before we will all be reunited with our loved ones, family and friends. I am sure that Dad and Lucile are dealing up a hand of pinochle as I write this and Nanna has a rack of cinnamon rolls cooling off. To Howard,Dale,Cheryl,Gary and Sue, we love you and know the loss you are feeling.

    The Howard and Viola Lovinger Family
    November 4, 2014
    Enumclaw, WA, US