About Lucy Thurston (Goodale)
Lucy Goodale Thurston (1795–1876) and her husband, Asa Thurston (1787–1868), were in the first company of American Christian Missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands.
Lucy Goodale was born on October 29, 1795, daughter of Abner Goodale, a Deacon in Marlborough, Massachusetts. She graduated from Bradford Academy and became a school teacher. The Thurstons, unlike most missionary couples, spent most of the rest of their lives in the islands. Lucy compiled her letters and other writings (completed by her daughter Persis Goodale Taylor) into one of the most vivid accounts of the early mission days. She underwent a mastectomy without anaesthetic in 1855. She died on October 13, 1876 in Honolulu.