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Civil rights chief dies from Covid

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Family members gathered across the pink casket of Civil Rights legend Lucille Occasions on Saturday for a viewing at Phillips-Riley Funeral House in Montgomery.

Occasions handed away earlier this week. On the visitation, her household mentioned she had the coronavirus.

“I imply, if it wasn’t for the COVID, I believe she in all probability had one other yr left in her,” nephew Daniel Nichols mentioned. “She was a fairly large fighter.”

Six months earlier than Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat on a Montgomery bus, Occasions obtained right into a combat with the identical bus driver. She is thought for her position in boycotting segregated buses earlier than the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Extra just lately, Nichols and his spouse have been caretakers for Occasions for over 4 years. The nephew mentioned he has not forgotten her preventing spirit and willpower.

“By no means backing down,” he mentioned. “She’s by no means going to again down. If she thinks she’s proper, she’s going all the best way to the tip with it.”

Zsazsa Hill, the God-granddaughter of Occasions, attended the visitation.

“She was only a fantastic particular person,” Hill mentioned.

Occasions helped mould Hill into the girl she is at the moment – her poise and integrity is from her.

“It means so much, as a result of my mom shouldn’t be capable of be right here,” she mentioned. “However I’m, and I thank God that I’m capable of see her.”

Hill’s mom and Occasions’ goddaughter, Bettye Coleman, couldn’t attend the viewing due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and journey points. She did say over the telephone, Occasions had a servant’s coronary heart.

“Feeding individuals within the neighborhood, not solely civil rights, anybody that got here and wanted a serving to hand she’s all the time keen to open her doorways for her,” Coleman mentioned.

Occasions was 100 years outdated. A funeral service might be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church.

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