Lucie Baxter Dulin

October 9, 2021

Lucie Baxter Dulin, age 95, entered her heavenly home on October 9, 2021 at Southminster Retirement Community. She was born March 5, 1926, to Herbert H. and Virginia Littlejohn Baxter. Lucie was a lifelong Charlottean and member of Myers Park United Methodist Church. She leaves behind five children; Albert Dulin of Charlotte, Paul Dulin of Las Cruces, NM, Robert Dulin (wife Ann Heyward) of Charlotte, David Dulin of Charlotte, and Lucinda Dulin Pittman (husband Gerald Pittman) of Saluda, NC. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren; Jason Dulin, Katie Volk, Ramsey Dulin, Zachary and Zane Dulin, Madison and Baxter Dulin, Rob and Isabel Drinkwater, and six greatgrandchildren.

From an early age she exhibited her talent as a painter and sculptor, mentored by her artist mother. She attended Central High School in Charlotte, Newcomb College in New Orleans and UNC Chapel Hill, where she earned her BA in Art. She is known locally and regionally as a premiere portrait artist, completing between 400 and 500 commissions in pastels and oils. Her portraits of children, pastors, corporate officers, mayors and educators may be found in many a Charlotte home, church, business and school. Her beautiful needlepoint designs grace several North Carolina churches. Even though her given name was “Lucy”, she signed her portraits, landscapes and still lifes “Lucie.” She “just liked the way the letters looked.”

Somehow, she juggled rearing five children with her portrait painting and ceramics, the Junior League, and singing with the Charlotte Choral Society and Myers Park United Methodist Church choir. The Dulin household was always full of the smell of oil paints and pastel dust, the sound of music, vases of flowers and puppet shows (characters designed by Lucie). She chauffeured her children in a Volkswagen Microbus.

After her divorce from husband Paul in 1984, she bought a mountain cottage in Blowing Rock, which she named Windfall. There she entertained friends and family and worked on her painting commissions and landscapes. She traveled the world, took photos and returned home to be grandmother to her growing family, who called her “Granny.”

Her outlook on life has always served her well. Never one to allow herself to get too low, she summed up a troubling or sad situation with her favorite Lucie-ism, “Oh well, whatever.” When she began to lose her eyesight to macular degeneration, she continued to paint, creating more abstract, but beautiful art. As her eyes dimmed further, her hearing deteriorated and her body weakened, she maintained her bright spirit, and sense of humor with a great big smile. She was both fun and funny, and made those around her feel better about life. Her unconditional love made her the enduring rock of our family. She loved and was loved by so many. She will be terribly missed.

We wish to thank the entire staff at Southminster Retirement Community, especially the personnel in Embrace Health, and Hospice and Palliative Care of the Charlotte Region.

A celebration of her life will be held at Myers Park United Methodist Church sanctuary, 1501 Queens Road in Charlotte, on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM. A reception in Jubilee Hall will follow. Her remains will be privately interred at the church columbarium at 1:00 PM. Memorial gifts may be made to the Walter Herbert Ball Fund for Music in Worship, care of Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Billie H Wilson

    My sincere thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the Dulin Family during this time of sorrow. Lucy always had a infectious smile and a sincere kindness about her. May those good thoughts of her bring each of you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

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