Obituary: Lucy Miller Fitzhugh (May 28, 1939 – Aug. 18, 2012)

By Submitted August 22, 2012 05:32 pm

Lucy Miller Fitzhugh was born May 28, 1939 in a motel in Smith River. She passed away August 18, 2012. She was a lifelong resident of Del Norte County.

Lucy ran a dive shop at the harbor in the 1960s with Bernice Meirndorf, which was destroyed in the ’64 tsunami. She was the first woman skin diver in the area, and was commissioned as a diver to assist in the harbor after the tsunami. She was a search and rescue diver. She was photographed by Life Magazine in her dive gear. She also enjoyed surfing and water skiing during these years.

Lucy was a self-taught wildlife artist in painting with oils and acrylic, sculpture, and carving wood and antlers. She created beautiful works of art with fine attention to detail.


Her family and friends enjoyed her excellent cooking, and there were always extra people at the dinner table.

Lucy enjoyed deer hunting, spotlighting, fishing and camping. She cared for many orphaned and injured wild animals and spoiled her pets.

She was a cancer survivor. During her last hours she listened to her niece Riley sing to her, and recordings of Waylon Jennings. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband Bob Langford, daughters Robin and Frank Galea of Crescent City, Haley Rutter of Crescent City, Sam and Joe Westby of Camas, Wash., brother Bob Miller of Fallon, Nev., sisters Joanne Burnett and Maxine May of Crescent City, grandchildren Riley Sheets, Austin, Garrett and Lauren Galea, and Jourdan and Jessie Westby. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many other relatives including Deanna Jackson and the Fitzhugh family, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Bertha Baldwin and Joe Miller and sisters Leona Southard, Gladys Evanow, and Grace Bolen.

No services will be held.

— Submitted by Family