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Mar 19, 2015 | Carol E. Barnwell

Former “Churchman” Editor Dies


Lucy Germany working in the early 1970's.

Lucille Miriam Scheid Germany, former editor of the Texas Episcopalian (1983-1992), died March 11 in Savannah, GA while visiting family. 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. Following her retirement in 1992, Germany worked with the Episcopal Women’s History Project as a board member and Timelines editor from 1995-2009. Throughout her life as journalist and writer, she was an advocate for women in the Church.


Germany began her professional career as ad agency copywriter, later editing an urban newspaper before taking the job at the Diocese of Texas. She was also a creative writer, author of several novels and many short stories and was especially fond of poetry, often reading at the Live Poets Society.


Born in Hackensack, NJ 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.


The Rev. Jim Scott reading the Churchman.

Germany was a parishioner at Trinity, Longview where she served in many capacities. She moved to Holly Lake Ranch, Texas in the early 90s where she worked with East Texas master gardeners, on the Minneola Nature Preserve and wrote a column called Holly Lake Effects. Germany also dedicated time to Helping Hand in Hawkins. She is survived by two daughters, Treesa Germany and Robin Dru Germany, two grandchildren and four nieces.


A memorial service will be held April 28 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview, TX. 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.