Rise in Glory: Lucille Germany

Adapted from the Diocese of Texas

Lucille Miriam Scheid Germany, former editor of the Texas Episcopalian (1983-92), died March 11 in Savannah, Georgia. She was 90.

Germany began her career with the diocesan newspaper as a reporter in 1959, becoming news editor in 1960 and managing editor in 1975. She oversaw the first videotaping in the Diocese of Texas in 1979 and helped to produce commercials with George Burns in 1982. After her retirement in 1992, Germany worked with the Episcopal Women’s History Project as a board member and Timelines editor (1995-2009).

Throughout her life as journalist and writer, she was an advocate for women in the Church. When she became editor of the diocesan paper, she changed its name from Texas Churchman to Texas Episcopalian.

Germany began her professional career as ad agency copywriter, and she edited an urban newspaper before joining the staff of the Diocese of Texas. She was the author of several novels and many short stories, and was especially fond of poetry, often reading at the Live Poets Society.

Born in Hackensack, New Jersey, in 1925, Germany spent her childhood in Houston. She received a BS in biology from Rice University and did post-baccalaureate studies at Columbia University in journalism and the South Texas College of Law in Houston. She was married to Joseph A. Germany for more than 50 years. He preceded her in death in 2008.

Germany was a parishioner at Trinity Church, Longview, where she served in many capacities. She moved to Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, in the early 1990s and worked with East Texas master gardeners and on the Minneola Nature Preserve. She wrote a column called “Holly Lake Effects.” Germany also dedicated time to Hawkins Helping Hand, a food and pantry and benevolence organization.

She is survived by two daughters, Treesa Germany and Robin Dru Germany, two grandchildren, and four nieces.

A memorial service is set for April 28 at Trinity Church. Memorials in Germany’s name may be made to Trinity Church, 906 Padon St., Longview, TX 75601; Hawkins Helping Hand, 320 W. Front Street, Hawkins TX 75765; or Mineola Nature Preserve, P.O. Box 179, Mineola, TX 75773.

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