Lucy G McVicker

Lucy Claire Graves McVicker was ninety years old when she passed quietly in her  sleep on May 9, 2021. Her parents were Herbert Cornelius Graves, II and Josephine Lee  Yost. She was born in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA, and grew up in West Chester, on a farm in Allegheny  County, PA, with her sister, Nancy, and her brother, Herbert. They were a close-knit  family.  

Lucy studied English and Art, and she received her B.A. from Principia College in  Elsah, Illinois. She married Charles Taggart McVicker in 1954. They lived first at Fort  Knox, KY, and in Los Angeles, CA, finally settling in Princeton, NJ, in1957, where she  lived the rest of her life. 

Her greatest pride was her family. She had four children: Lauri, Christopher,  Bonnie and Heather. Lucy loved nothing more than seeing their successes and supporting  them in life’s trials. 

Lucy also had a successful career as an award-winning artist. After attending  Parsons School of Design in New York City she continued to study and painted  vigorously. As her creativity expressed itself, she became known, and her work is in many  private and corporate collections. She was a founding member of the Princeton Artists  Alliance. Lucy has won prizes in art shows sponsored by The American Watercolor  Society, The New Jersey Watercolor Society, and The Garden State Watercolor Society,  and she is a signature member of each of these. 

Lucy was a devout member of the Christian Science Church serving in many  capacities. Her love of God was unending. She was also a member of the Mayflower  Society as a descendent of Captain Myles Standish. 

Lucy loved every person she met. She embraced everyone with a huge smile, a  hug, and a look that said, I want to know more about you. She loved to teach art, and  many of her students, including family members, will never forget her patient, gentle  lessons. The loss of Lucy’s presence will be felt by family, friends, and many in the  Princeton community. 

She is predeceased in death by her son, Christopher. She is survived by her  husband of 67 years, Charles, and her daughters: Lauri McVicker, Bonnie Wilson, and  Heather Teffenhart, and their respective partner/spouses, Darlene Lowe, Peter Wilson,  and Robert Teffenhart. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Emily, Sarah,  Trisha, Christine, and Daniel, as well as three great grandchildren, Charles, William, and  Olivia. 

A private memorial service will be held for the family this summer. Lucy loved the  environment, especially birds, trees, and flowers. Donations in her memory may be given  to the New Jersey Audubon Society:

Arrangments are under the direction of the Mather Hodge Funeral Home.