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Lucille Smith Sockwell

July 29, 1943 — September 7, 2023


Lucille Sockwell, a beloved member of the community, peacefully passed away on September 7, 2023, in Albuquerque. Lucille was born on July 29, 1943, in Kinston, North Carolina to her loving parents George Smith and Francis Bell.

Lucille's vibrant spirit and kind-hearted nature touched the lives of all who knew her. Throughout her life, she exemplified resilience and dedication in both her personal and professional pursuits. Lucille's career in healthcare spanned over two decades at Kings County Hospital, where she contributed her expertise as a Psychiatrist. Her unwavering commitment to providing compassionate care and support for her patients left an indelible mark on the hospital community.

Driven by her thirst for knowledge, Lucille pursued higher education at Brooklyn Community College. It was there that she earned a degree in Psychiatry, solidifying her passion for understanding the human mind and helping those in need. Her tireless work ethic and exceptional skills allowed her to make a positive impact on countless lives.

Outside of her professional achievements, Lucille cherished every moment of life. She had an infectious love for life that radiated from within her. Known for her bright smile and joyful presence, Lucille embraced each day with an enthusiasm that inspired all those around her. Her positivity was contagious and brought comfort to those who needed it most.

Lucille was an adoring wife to Chester A. Burwell married in 1960 but later in life divorced in 1976. she later remarried in 1995 to McKinley Sockwell. She was a loving mother to Chester J. Smith Jr, Kenneth C. Burwell, Tawana Santiago. She shared an unbreakable bond with each of them that will forever be cherished. Lucille also leaves behind fond memories with her surviving family members including George Smith (brother), Bobby Smith (brother), Annette Mayo (sister), Christopher Smith (brother), and a host of friends whose lives were enriched by their interactions with Lucille.

Lucille is proceeded in death by her parents George Smith, Francis Bell, husband McKinley Sockwell, George Smith (brother), Arthur Burwell (son).

In honor of Lucille's memory, her family and friends will gather to celebrate her remarkable life. Although her physical presence may no longer grace our lives, the memories of her infectious laughter and genuine kindness will continue to inspire us. Lucille will forever be remembered as a beacon of hope and a shining example of compassion and resilience.

During this time of mourning, may we find solace in knowing that Lucille's spirit lives on through the everlasting impact she made on those she loved and cared for. She has left an indelible mark on our hearts, and her legacy will endure through the lives she touched.

As we bid farewell to Lucille Sockwell, let us remember her with smiles and honor her memory by embracing life with the same courage, kindness, and zest that she exemplified until her last days. Her vibrant spirit will continue to guide us as we navigate the journey ahead, carrying her warmth and love within our hearts.

Rest in peace, dear Lucille. You have touched countless lives and your memory will forever be etched in the tapestry of our community.

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