Posted: Sep 23, 2013 1:08 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
Updated: Sep 23, 2013 2:06 PM
BOULDER - The wish of Luke Lemieux of Boulder finally came true, thanks to a little help from her hospice nurse.
Luke, mother of nine and grandmother of 24, is fighting to make her comeback after battling breast cancer and a recent stroke.
Currently under hospice care, Luke is now looking back at her accomplishments in life.
A native Montanan who grew up on a ranch near Great Falls, Luke was an avid horseback rider, swimmer, and builder.
But one dream she has always wanted to live out was to be on TV.
Luke said, "I thought, 'Oh my God that sounds like so fun. You know instead of being out horseback riding, I was going to become a lady. But my dad would not even hear about it."
Formerly known as Lucille Gannon, Luke met her current husband, Allen Lemieux, who served as the Jefferson County Attorney and then in private practice for many years.
"And, shortly after that, Luke and I were married. I remember that I used to go back to her ranch every weekend, because she was the great attraction in my life at that time...and still is," recalled Allen.
Together the couple raised nine children.
As they take a walk in their back yard, the Lemieux's look back at their hard work to build their dreams from the ground up.
They currently live along the Boulder River with a view that is awe-inspiring.
"One of my sons explained it to me just the other day. We were driving over Boulder Hill and he says 'Oh Mom, we're going down into God's living room!' Isn't that cool? It's God's living room to him," said Luke.
Building comes second nature to Luke, who was also one of nine children growing up.
Luke used her building skills to help create two sets of duplexes in Boulder as well as an office for her husband to practice in.
But, besides her love for building, Luke has love for the one she claims is responsible for her good life and success.
"If God's in control of your life, you just know that everything will turn out alright. And it does, it does, it really does," she said.