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Lucile W. (Wildman) Playfair

January 21, 1928 ~ April 23, 2020 (age 92)

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Cambridge-Lucile W. Playfair, 92, of Cambridge, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, VT.

Born January 21, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Emanuel and Reba (Fleisher) Wildman.

Lucile graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1945.  She then earned her B.S. Degree in music education from Ithaca College in 1949 and also earned a teaching certificate to teach public school vocal music in grades one through twelve.  Lucile went to Teacher’s College at Columbia University in NYC and earned a M.S. degree in Elementary Education.

Lucile was a Vocal Music Teacher for 2 years in Star Lake, NY.  She taught first grade I the White Plains public school system for 27 years retiring in 1983. 

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in White Plains for many years. She sang in the choir, taught music in the Sunday School, sometimes accompanied choir rehearsals on piano and was an Elder at the church as well.

She then moved to Cambridge from White Plains in 1983 and was a member of the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church where she was the chairman of the worship committee, the church unofficial “reporter” and also an elder.  In 1994, she became the organist and choir director at the church. 

Lucile played for many children’s productions at Hubbard Hall with Allison Caldwell and quilted many quilts for the raffles at Hubbard Hall.  She also worked at the Co-op for many years.

She collected turtles for many years which includes turtle jewelry, figurine, made quilts and wall hangings featuring turtles. 

She met her late husband, Bower C. Playfair in Star Lake when Lucile started teaching.  They were married in New York City in 1950.  Bower was her best friend, loving husband, caring and loving father.  Through breeding, raising, training, buying and selling Labrador Retrievers, to music concerts, college courses, moving from one home to another and all the time keeping God and Faith as the center of their marriage, Bower and Lucile had a long and loving life together.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers, Fred Wildman and Richard Wildman.

Lucile is survived by her children, Paula Conklin and Brian (Jeanie Torres) Playfair, of Cambridge; grandchildren, Doug (Tracy) Buggee of North Bennington, Stephanie Smith of Texas and Theresa (Christopher) Wasuk of Greenwich.  She is also survived by great grandchildren, Aidan Buggee, Parker Robert Buggee, Ava, Lola & Dominic Smith; a sister, Wini White of Houston, TX; sister-in-law, Joyce Wildman; special friends, Marty from college, Evelyn from teaching first grade and Pat Nowell from quilting in Cambridge.

A private graveside service will be held at the Woodlands Cemetery in Cambridge.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lucile may be made to the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church, 81 East Main St., Cambridge, NY  12816 or Cambridge Valley rescue Squad, 37 Gilbert St., Cambridge, NY  12816.

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Private Services

Woodlands Cemetery
Cemetery Lane
Cambridge, NY 12816


Cambridge United Presbyterian Church
81 East Main Street, Cambridge NY 12816

Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad
37 Gilbert Street, Cambridge NY 12816

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