Lucy Sorin was a woman who always “got it done.”

A passionate mother and business owner, Sorin contributed to the communities she was a part of. Her family members said she helped anyone she could along the way.

“She was a force of nature,” Kerry Ransdell, Sorin’s grandson, said.

Sorin, 96, died on Christmas Day.

“Christmas, that was her favorite day,” said Rochelle Hitzhusen, Lucy’s eldest daughter.

Her daughters recall her extravagant celebrations, complete with food, music and over-the-top Christmas decor. Lucy enjoyed creating experiences for her family.

Sorin was born outside of Hinton, Missouri, but moved to Columbia in high school. She met her husband Ben and later moved to Marshall, Missouri, where their first daughter Rochelle was born. Her second daughter Deborah was born after the family relocated back to Columbia.

Her husband managed Columbia Auto Parts, and Sorin stood by his side. Her family members remember her unwavering support for her husband’s endeavors, all while owning and operating her own business. For more than 35 years, Sorin managed House Beautiful Beauty Salon in downtown Columbia.

“She had a business, back in the 1960s, of her own. Not many women owned businesses back then,” Ransdell said.

Her youngest daughter, Deborah Carter, described her mother as a sharp businesswoman.

Sorin earned the respect of many of her employees, some even became lifelong friends of hers and her family.

“Employees thought the world of her,” Carter said.

On top of her business, her daughters remember her as a homemaker. She took pride in keeping her home perfectly decorated, her flowers tended to and her clothing immaculate.

Sorin tried her hand in many activities around Columbia, as well. Her daughters said she did as much as she could. Sorin was a member of the White Shrine 7 for more than 50 years. She also a member of the Eastern Star Grand Chapter of Missouri.

To further stay active, Sorin loved to bowl. She was an inductee of the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame. Her gardens also kept her busy, keeping every leaf trimmed and weed pulled. She also loved to golf.

She will be remembered for her helpful spirit and desire to give to her community, family members said.

“(The Sorins) did a lot for the Columbia community,” said Dorothy McKenzie, a close family friend. “She was generous.”

She said Sorin became not only a friend but family throughout the years spent alongside her .

Carter said she learned valuable lessons from her mom.

“I learned how to treat others with kindness and respect,” she said.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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