Lucille Norton Martin was always a positive person who friends and family said was a delightful person to be with, said her son, Jeff Martin.
“Her friends and acquaintances liked being with her. She seemed to be very encouraging to people, and put a positive frame into whatever she or a friend might be facing,” he said.
Lucille Martin, 92, of Crown Point, died Aug. 4. She was preceded in death by Charles Martin, her husband of 59 years.
She attended the Vogue Design School in Chicago as a young woman, and was a master seamstress. She could sew anything from draperies to slipcovers, and made clothes for her sons.
As her two sons grew up, her interests changed from sewing to painting, and she used a variety of media, including oil, acrylics and watercolor.
She enjoyed painting landscapes and created paintings based on photographs she had taken, said her daughter-in-law, Jane Martin.
“Her subjects were everything from mountains to Michigan Avenue storefronts in winter,” she said.
After her husband retired, the couple moved to Sarasota, Fla., for 25 years, where they enjoyed spending time golfing, playing bridge and spending time in their country club.
After her husband passed away in 1999, she returned to Northwest Indiana, where she became a member of First Presbyterian Church in Crown Point and volunteered with the St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary.
She enjoyed going to Southlake YMCA to exercise and was in golf leagues at Sherwood Country Club and Summertree Golf Course into her 90s, her son said.
Jane Martin said her mother-in-law always enjoyed being active and had a positive attitude.
“She had a pragmatic look at life. She accepted things as they were and didn’t stress about them,” she said. “She had an amazing personality.”