Lucy’s parents, John and Femminis Amodei emigrated from Northern Italy to the United States in the spring of 1921. Son Vincent was born that fall inReno where John and Anna were working at a local ranch. They were there for a year before moving to Loyalton where Lucy was born in 1923. John worked as a milker and Anna as a cook. In 1924 they were able to buy a ranch in Sierraville from Emma Nichols. The home on the ranch had burned down earlier and Emma moved the cook shack and several small buildings down from the H.O. Nichols sawmill compound for the family’s use. After some remodeling the cook shack became the family home. Anna’s brother, Joe, came to live with them and provided some much needed help for the family. Son Alvin arrived next followed by Rena, Gloria and finally Mervyn.
Lucy with brother Vince started school in Sierraville, speaking no English. They quickly learned, though. After graduating in 1940 from Sierraville High School, she went to business college in Sacramento where she met her future husband in 1941. In 1946 when Jack returned from the war they were married. In the years following they had six children, Robert (Joanne), Ruth Ann Savarino (Robert), Greg (Jamie), Tim (Deborah), Mary Fernandez (Rick), and Debbie.
In the early 1970’s Lucy and her children built a home on the Sierraville ranch where the families have spent many happy holidays. Jack passed away in 1985 and is much missed by his family. Lucy continues to live in the Sacramento area surrounded by her loving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.