Lucilia Dolores Reardon died at her home on Sunday, January 28, 2018 following a long illness and a lifetime of love and happiness. She was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1947, lived for several years in the Portuguese colony of Angola before emigrating to Brazil. She came to the United States in 1975 knowing little English but in possession of boundless energy and ambition tethered to an exceptional talent as a hair stylist. It was those talents that allowed her to open her own hair salon --"Hot Locs" -- in Marlborough, Massachusetts, which she ran for 25 years. During her tenure she received numerous recognitions as "the best hair styling salon" north of Boston and, in the process amassed innumerable friends. In 2004 she married Michael Reardon and the couple moved to Epping, New Hampshire.
Lucilia loved--really loved--gardening and, each spring, would plunge into filling her yard with innumerable flowers and vegetables, a process that would inevitably end with her complaining of a sore back. Her husband would tell her not to do so much all at once, which resulted in her immediately putting in 3-4 hours more work.
She loved anything "natural" or organic: foods, medicines, and, especially, frequent walks through woods always in the company of her beloved dogs, first Jolie and then Peanut.
She loved her religion and anything "spiritual" and took particular joy in being able to visit Fatima on one of her trips to Portugal.
She was absolutely nuts about Barack Obama.
She loved her beautiful home and took joy in finding just the right antique or accent piece to enhance its beauty, and, of course, Christmas, not surprisingly, was always the year's esthetic coupe de gras. Both abroad and at home she delighted in cooking (and eating) Portuguese and Brazilian food, and even had a Brazilian barbecue built in her yard to accommodate frequent summertime family gatherings.
Lucilia loved clothes--boy, did she love clothes--and favored bright colors and airy fabrics (at least in warm weather).
She loved to travel and, with her husband, had the chance to rediscover family in both Portugal and France. Indeed, what Lucilia loved most was her family, her children, Alexandra, Edson and Claudio as well as her six grandchildren. They are left with the memory of her love and energy and joy.
A funeral mass will be celebrated in her memory this Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Church, 200 Pleasant St., Epping, New Hampshire to be followed by burial at Exeter Cemetery.