CHINOOK - Lucille "Lu" Leback, 89, died Nov. 15, 2002 at her Chinook residence. She was born in Russia on May 25, 1913, and at an early age emigrated with her family to live in the Philippines for a year before settling in Portland. She attended high school in Portland for two years. Her family moved to the Long Beach Peninsula where they managed the Loomis Ranch and she graduated from Ilwaco High School.
Mrs. Leback met Chinook native, Melvin Leback at his birthday party. They were married on Oct. 7, 1934 in Portland in a union that was to last 68 years until her death.
She was an active member of the Methodist Church and later the Lutheran Church, where she taught in Sunday school and sang in the choir. She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker who always put her family first. She was involved in their school activities when they were growing up and in later years enjoyed prayer and devotional readings.
Besides her husband, she is survived by daughter and son-in-law Loma and John Billups of Chinook; daughter Jeane Leback of Vancouver; four grandchildren and great grandchildren. A son Melvin "Bill" Leback, sister Margaret Wattenburg and brother Nick Snyder preceded her in death.
Graveside service will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. at Ilwaco Cemetery. Memorial service follows at 1 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Chinook with a reception following. The casket will be open Wednesday until 10 a.m. at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. Memorials may be made to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Chinook, P.O. Box 160, Chinook, WA 98614.