Tulsa Race Riot Survivor, Remembered
|Updated: 10/06 11:56 am
||Published: 10/06 11:02 am
Saturday, friends family and loved ones came out to celebrate a woman who not only made a huge impact in th Vernon AME Church but also on the Tulsa community.
Loved ones say Lucille Figures was a woman of few words, but gave so much of herself to others. FOX23 spoke with family members who say she was a loving woman who never had a frown on her face and always greeted everyone with a smile.
Figures was 104 years old when she passed away Sept. 29.
We're told she was a woman who loved her family and devoted years of service to the Vernon AME Church.
Krystyn Paschal tells FOX23 she grew up knowing Figures.
"It was a gift to be one of those with her in the end. I was able to share a moment with her, check on her and ask her what she needed. She said 'Get me out of here,' and I told her to take it to the Lord."
Not only was she a woman with a strong faith, she was also a vital part of Tulsa history: she was the last survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.
Friends and family say she didn't talk about it much, but that she was pleased to be such a vital part of history.
One of Figure's fellow church members tells me what they'll miss most about her is her caring attitude and her loving smile.
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