Lucille “Lucy” Marie La Pointe DeWitt passed away Oct. 9. DeWitt was born Oct. 8, 1925, in Killingly, Connecticut. As a girl, she lived in Charlotte, Michigan, with the Colizzi family, where she cared for the children and worked as a soda jerk at the family’s candy store.
After high school, she moved to New York to pursue a career in acting and modeling. She also worked as a secretary in the Empire State Building. In 1948, she married Richard “Rich” DeWitt. The couple later moved to Waxahachie, Texas, where the DeWitt brothers started the DeWitt Turkey Hatchery. In 1957, they moved to Nacogdoches to help Rich’s brothers run the hatcheries. Rich and Lucy started their KFC franchise in 1964 in Nacogdoches and Lufkin and later expanded it to 68 additional locations in Texas.
Involved in her community, she was instrumental in the founding of the Nacogdoches County Republican Women, serving as president in 1990. She also was a founding member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies. DeWitt volunteered at the Treatment Center, serving as board president from 1994-96. She also served on the board of the Samaritan Center, and she was a Charter Life Member of the Nacogdoches Expo Center.
DeWitt was a leader in her children’s Scout troops, and she volunteered with her church, The Youth Center and several school PTA boards. She sponsored the Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers and donated to the restoration of Millard’s Crossing, the Old University Building and other local historical sites. DeWitt and her husband contributed to the establishment of the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing at SFA.
In 2006, she was inducted into the Stephen F. Austin Society, and in 2008, she was selected Woman of the Year by the American Association of University Women. An outdoor enthusiast, she enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. DeWitt was a world traveler and liked exploring other cultures. Rich preceded her in death. She is survived by five children.