Lucy Amelia Muse

Published 10:04 am Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FRANKLIN — Lucy Amelia Muse, 5 months old, whose family was of Franklin, Virginia, passed away at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning in the arms of her mother and father after a long battle with her illness.

Lucy was born at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, but spent her 159 days fighting for her life in the NICU at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. Lucy was not given much time, but every second of her short life was an immeasurable blessing to her family and all who came to know her.

The name Lucy means, “light.” No name could be more fitting for this vibrant little girl, for she was a light in the darkness. As her favorite nurse once said, “Thank you, Lucy, for your inspiration, for teaching us to never give up hope, and for showing us that there is always more to learn. You are loved.”

Lucy is survived by her parents, Kevin and Kristi Muse; her siblings, Natali and Nicholas Muse; her maternal grandparents, David and Jodie Shantz; her paternal grandparents, William and Virginia Muse; her maternal great-grandmothers, Harriet Macinski and Eva Martha Shantz; her uncles and aunts, David and Kacie Meyers and Michael and Stacy Shantz; her cousins, Benjamin, Isabelle and Jack Shantz, as well as numerous members of her extended family.

Lucy’s parents would like to thank her NICU nurses, especially her primary nurses, Adam, Terri, Taylor, Nikki and Elena, for their commitment and kindness to their family and the quality of care given to their daughter.

The graveside service will be on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m., in Albert G. Horton Jr. Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk, Virginia, with Father Kevin O’Brien officiating. For those unable to attend, condolences may be registered online at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Lucy’s name to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters at