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Lucinda Merrill


Lucinda Lindsay Merrill passed away peacefully on Nov. 1, 2021, at the age of 84. She leaves behind a son, Mark (Janet) Mathis, grandchildren Anna and Jack Mathis, and her sister, Kate Farlow.


Lucinda was raised in Los Angeles and attended Marlborough School and the University of California, Berkeley, where she was active in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She later graduated from Mills College in Oakland with a degree in Economics.


A patron of the arts and interior designer, Lucinda loved art, antiques and the opera. She served for many years as head of human resources for San Francisco auction house Butterfield and Butterfield, now Bonhams. She also enjoyed researching her family history and was proud that an ancestor, Nevada Lindsay, had studied with the French impressionist painter Camille Pissarro.


Lucinda made Tiburon her home for more than 50 years. It’s where she raised her son and contributed her time and talents to a variety of community organizations and causes, including the Junior League of San Francisco. She enjoyed everything that California had to offer — from quiet walks on Tiburon’s waterfront to hikes in Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows.


She admired the medical staff at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and especially those who cared for her in her later years. Contributions in Lucinda’s memory may be made to the UCSF Foundation at makeagift.ucsf.edu.

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