Lucille Hodgen Baldwin, 88, a Realtor and longtime resident of Media, died Dec. 1 of complications from dementia at Brinton Manor, a nursing-care facility in Glen Mills.
Mrs. Baldwin spent her life in Media except for five years in Chicago, where her husband was transferred for business in 1952.
Her son, Thomas Jr., said she made a name for herself in the 1950s and 1960s by specializing in executive relocations to and from the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Her son said she worked for John Burroughs, a Wallingford Realtor.
She told her family that she found clients by contacting human resources managers at area corporations. They in turn would tell their employees, "Call Lu Baldwin. She knows the territory," her son said.
Mrs. Baldwin grew up during the Depression. She attended Notre Dame High School for Girls in Moylan, and graduated in 1940 from Media High School.
She attended West Chester State Teachers College, then married her childhood sweetheart, Thomas B.T. Baldwin, who graduated from Media a year ahead of her.
The two laughed about how they met as preteens, at a dance school near Media.
"Her parents never let her wear lipstick," her husband said. "She brought it with her in a handbag, and put it on in the ladies' room. You never saw so much red."
In 1946, the two were married at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Media.
Mrs. Baldwin was a volunteer at the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate outside Wilmington. She was active in area garden clubs, exhibiting at the Philadelphia Flower Show, and supported her sons' sports teams.
Besides her husband and son, Mrs. Baldwin is survived by another son, Christopher, and two granddaughters.
A memorial service was private.