Luevonue M. Lincoln, who grew up the daughter of migrant farm workers and became an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, has died at the age of 77.
Ms. Lincoln, of Penn Hills, died Thursday of complications of amyloidosis at UPMC St. Margaret.
"She loved the Lord and she loved people, and she's always willing to help people," said Darryl Lincoln of Oneonta, N.Y., the oldest of her three sons.
In fall 2010, Ms. Lincoln was featured on the cover of Pitt Nurse, a magazine of the Pitt School of Nursing.
In the article, she described how, as a girl, she spent summers with her parents and siblings picking beans, strawberries and potatoes as migrant workers.
But when school came, the article noted, her parents made sure their children were in the classroom rather than the fields.
The article said she grew up in Belle Glade, Fla., attended the same school from kindergarten through 12th grade, and in sixth grade met her future husband, Eugene, now a faculty member in Pitt's School of Education.
The principal helped her to obtain money to train to become a nurse by telling her about a program that would pay tuition in exchange for working with tuberculosis patients.
While she was working with TB patients, a doctor wrote her a reference to go to graduate school at Indiana University, where she earned a master's in nursing education and her husband earned a doctorate in education.
Ultimately, they moved to Pittsburgh, where she worked as a nurse at what are now UPMC Montefiore and UPMC Mercy.
She worked the night shift so that she could be home when their children came home from school.
At Pitt, she earned a master's degree in nursing in 1978 and a doctorate in 1982, the same year her oldest son earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Pitt. All three of her sons graduated from Pitt.
After working as a nurse, Ms. Lincoln taught pediatrics and geriatrics at Pitt's School of Nursing as an assistant professor.
Jackie Dunbar-Jacob, dean of the School of Nursing, said Ms. Lincoln was "a very committed and very caring instructor with the undergraduate students.
"She was one of those folks who listened to them. She was very enthusiastic about nursing, and, really, I think that helped the students to be enthusiastic as well."
Before retiring around age 65, she returned to nursing at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
Mr. Lincoln said his mother pursued excellence.
"She was a very, very good student, and she worked very hard to get the best grades she could so she could learn what she needed to learn to fulfill her dream ...
"My mom was a very, very focused person. She credits all of her success to her determination and her faith in the Lord. One of her mottoes is that once she started something, she had to finish it."
Her longtime friend and neighbor, Sandra Lamar of Penn Hills, said, "When you think of giving, you can't beat her for doing that. She never said no."
Ms. Lincoln was involved in the Association of Pittsburgh Black Nurses in Action.
In retirement, she was active on the Nursing Alumni Society executive board and the African American Nursing Alumni Scholarship Committee. She went to many Pitt nursing events, including the pinning ceremonies.
She belonged to Mount Ararat Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband, Eugene, and son, Darryl, survivors include two other sons, Brian K. of the North Side and Randal K. of Columbia, S.C.; five sisters, Estella Pyfrom, Sallie Brown and Harma L. Miller, all of Wellington, Fla., Florence Bell of Lauderhill, Fla., and Tequesta Cox of the state of Indiana; and five grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7:30 to 9 p.m. today at Mount Ararat Baptist Church, 271 Paulson Ave., Larimer. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Evelyn Paige Parker Scholarship, c/o The Poise Foundation, 603 Stanwix St., No. 1700, Pittsburgh 15222.
Education writer Eleanor Chute: email@example.com or 412-263-1955.