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Lucille McClosky Grametbaur, 92, passed away on March 22, 2023 in Levelland, Texas. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 31, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at Krestridge Funeral Home, with pastor, Jerry Howe officiating. Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.
Lucille was born on April 18, 1930, to Charley Washington McClosky and Aurie Eddith Stringer McClosky in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was the second of four children. Entering the work force at the early age of 13 (she fibbed about her age), she worked at Cameron’s Cafeteria in Wichita Falls alongside some of her friends. She also worked as a car hop at “P3” (Pioneer Restaurant) where she met Andrew Grametbaur, whom she would marry on July 7, 1962. She & Andrew made a home in Wichita Falls where they started their family. Their first daughter, Laura, joined their blended family (Lucille’s son, Kelly and daughter, Robbie) in November of 1963 and second daughter, Ginger, arrived in January of 1967. A job opportunity took the family to Levelland in April of 1968 when Andrew opened Texas Machine & Tool Co. along with partners from Wichita Falls and Levelland. They added a son, Stacey, to their family in July of 1968.
During her days as a stay at home mom, Lucille was a girl scout leader, cub scout leader, room mother, 1st grade Sunday School teacher, choir sponsor, & band booster. As her children entered college, she returned to the workforce preparing Wednesday night meals for the people of First Baptist Church, Levelland. Soon after, she began working in the cafeteria at South Plains College beginning as a weekend cook and working her way up to breakfast cook. Thursdays soon became THE day to have lunch in the cafeteria at SPC because the staff knew that Lucille’s deviled eggs would be on the menu. During her time at SPC, she took time to serve as an encourager for a beloved coworker and they attended GED courses together. She earned her high school equivalency at the age of 71. Lucille later became the Wednesday night cook at Second Baptist Church in Levelland. Her incredible work ethic and her love for college kids kept her at SPC until age 86. During her time at South Plains College, she honed her incredible cooking skills and her amazing chicken noodle soup soon turned into a ministry for her. Her legacy continues on in the kitchens of many as she shared her recipes with friends and family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Leon & Eugene McClosky, sister, Viola Floy, husband, Andrew, and children, Kelly Doyle Williford and Robbie Lee Bell Kizer.
She is survived by her children, Laura Grametbaur of Abilene, Ginger Dunn (David) of Levelland, Stacey Grametbaur (Lauri) of New Braunfels; and Danny Kizer (son-in-law) of Levelland. She is also survived by 2 nieces, 8 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home. (806) 897-1111
The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the South Plains Food Bank or the Salvation Army.