Lucie Rugg Alderman

 Oct. 24, 1938 - June 10, 2019

Lucie Rugg Alderman died peacefully in her sleep on natural causes on June 10,   2019, in Surprise, at the age of 80.

Lucie is survived by her husband Arnold Alderman; son Kendall Alderman(Anne Marie) of Connecticut daughter Zefora Adlerman (Dawn) of Beaverton, Ore., daughter Kim Legler (Ryan) of Milwaukie, Ore.; and grandchildren Emily, Katie, Mike and Nicodemus Alderman as well as several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by sisters Harriet Ferrier and Charlene Page.

Mrs. Alderman was born Oct. 24, 1938, in Natick, Mass., to Mary Pierce Heinz and Kenneth Rugg.  Lucie developed a love for science early in her childhood. She also loved horses, especially “Red” a former fire horse her parents bought her when she was young. Lucie graduated from Portland-Gorham Teachers College in Gorham, Maine in 1960 with a degree in teaching. After graduating, she taught fifth grade in Westbrook, Maine. In 1962 she married Arnold Alderman, one year after they met at a square dance in Bennington, Vt. After moving with Arnold to Seattle, Wash., Lucie began working for the Seattle School System as a sixth grade teacher.  She followed her husband to Huntsville, Ala., where they started their family. For the next 16 years she dedicated her tireless efforts to raising their three children in St. Louis, Miss.;  several small Conneticut towns including Clinton, Stratford and Milford;  San Jose, Petaluma and Redondo Beach, Calif., and Wickenburg. Lucie was accomplished at painting, photography, stained glass, and crafting and was a member of several community clubs in Stratford and Milford, Conn., Redondo Beach, Calif., and Wickenburg. She had a lifelong love of science and was passionate about showing others the beauty she saw in our world. Lucie loved geology and was an avid rock collector. She passed her love of science and art to her children and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for their care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley in Surprise. Friends may offer online condolences at www.wickenburgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Wickenburg Funeral Home & Crematory.