Lucy Tyson Huffman, 78, lost her battle with cancer Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in her home in Silver Spring, Md. She had lived in Maryland since 1982 and Prime Hook Beach since 2002.
Lucy was born in Massachusetts into a military family (Brig. Gen. Robert N. and Lillian Tyson) Sept. 3, 1941. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in chemistry; received her All But Dissertation in physics from Indiana University; and received her PhD in finance from the City of New York Graduate School.
She taught physics at the University of Dayton, finance at Baruch College and then moved to Washington, D.C., after living in New York for 12 years, to work with the Farm Credit Administration. She worked for and retired from the U.S. Treasury. When she retired, she had a part time job with the Nature Conservancy.
She had been a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville, Md., and served on the vestry; St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olney, Md., and served on the altar guild; and St. Jude Catholic Church in Lewes, and served on the collection counting team. Lucy became a member of the Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelites April 9, 2016. She made her Final Promise to the Order during her last day.
She actively gave herself to others in volunteering: So Others Might Eat in Washington, D.C., Casa San Francisco in Milton, as well as cooking for the homeless shelters in Sussex County. Her largest single contribution was as the voluntary CFO for Africa Faith & Justice Network for four years. She loved her gardens at each house. She took many years of adult ballet. She was particularly known for her strong, quiet character that reached out to others, always with a bright smile and cheerful manner.
She was such a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Richard; son Christian and daughter-in-law Lily; and grandsons Connor, Gavin and Aidan; her brother Robert Jr. (Carol); niece Kristin (Duncan), and their daughter Pierce Holley; nephew Robert III (Katie) and their daughters Molly and Emma; and her brother, William (Mary) and their sons Charles, Brian (Maggie), and Stephen.
Because of the pandemic, a private funeral was held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olney, Md., Sept. 12, followed by interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Aspen Hill, Md. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in Lucy’s memory to Africa Faith & Justice Network, 3025 4th St NE Suite 122, Washington, DC 20017.