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Lucy Puello-Capone, 73, formerly of Cutler Bay, Florida, entered eternal rest on January 8th, 2019 at the Legacy House-Hospice, Ocala, Florida.
Lucy was born on January 27th, 1945 in Cartagena, Colombia to parents Carlos and Esther Puello.
She was a member of the first graduating class of Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida in 1967 and subsequently gained her Master of Education from the same institution in 1972.
Lucy was a pioneer Educator and Administrator with a career spanning 48 years, and responsible for molding hundreds of young minds for successful and rewarding careers.
Beginning with the Department of Defense, she retired in 2016 from both the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and Miami-Dade Community College, serving as Lead Teacher, Administrator and Adjunct Professor.
Because of her unique and effective teaching abilities, vision, and innovated qualities with educational development, she was chosen in 1987 to design and administer several M-DCPS magnet programs, which focused on attracting students into highly-specialized fields of study. These programs include travel and tourism, marine and science technology, math, engineering, and aviation. Her contributions with these educational programs continue to this day. Additionally, she held the role as Vice Principal for middle school learning.
Lucy’s educational and community contributions also extended into her private life. In 1994, she received Presidential accolades for her skills and efforts in organizing the first Summit of the Americas, held in Miami, Florida. Based on principles of democracy and free trade, Summit meetings continue today to expand prosperity through economic integration, eradicate poverty and discrimination in the Hemisphere, and generate sustainable development while protecting the environment.
Her other notable achievements include the past presidency of the Miami Council for International Visitors (MCIV). MCIV has facilitated professional, educational, and cultural exchange tours for emerging and established global leaders in business, government and civil society.
Up until her death, she worked tirelessly in developing and implementing charter school curriculums for various school districts and Native-American communities, specifically focusing on improving the education and welfare of underprivileged students through various federal grants and programs. As a gifted grant writer, she was directly responsible in procuring educational funding to initiate such programs.
Preceded in death by her grandmother, Lucila Viana, parents Carlos Puello and Jorge and Esther Cuervo, she is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 33 years Nicholas Capone III, sister Oneida Puello, three brothers George, Jose, Cesar Puello and wife Melissa Rathbone, son William and daughter-in-law Jen Stovall, daughters Zunie Stovall, Millecint and son-in-law Randall Grove, four grandchildren Mahlon and Truman Grove, Gaar and McCoy Stovall, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Church services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Saint Louis Catholic Church, 7270 SW 120th St. Pinecrest, Florida 33156. Following the mass service shall be a celebration of life held in Hospitality Room A.
The family and friends would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the entire ICU staff at West Marion Community Hospital and the Legacy House-Hospice, Ocala, Florida, for their unwavering compassion and loving care throughout Lucy’s illness.
If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the Catholic Indian Mission, Standing Rock Indian Reservation, PO Box 639, Fort Yates, North Dakota 58538. Arrangements by Baldwin Brothers Funerals & Cremations 11250 SW 93rd Ct. Rd. Ocala, FL 352-236-7813.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.baldwincremation.com