Mary Lucas – August 10, 2008

Mary was born August 14, 1918 in Tulsa, OK and passed away on August 10, 2008. She spent most of her adult life in Richland and Pasco, WA, Puerto Rico and Sun River, OR before moving to the Redmond, WA area in the 1990s. She is survived by two sons, Russ Lucas and Jim Lucas, a daughter, Mary Ann Thompson, a son, Dr. Esteban Ambrad-Chalela she adopted when she was 83, a daughter-in-law Jeanne Lucas, a son-in-law Marty Thompson, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, three brothers and her husband of 60 years, Lawrence Lucas. She was an excellent cook. Mary, lovingly called Moppy by family members, would make her legendary peanut brittle every Christmas having perfected a recipe originated by her father who raised his own peanuts. Mary loved to travel and was a voracious reader. She very much enjoyed writing, journalizing all her travels and completing both a children’s story entitled Snookyfoot about a mouse and his family and an unpublished book Dear Cornelia, a collection of humorous letters written between two guardian angels. Mary became close friends with literally everyone she met. She leaves fond memories in the minds of many. Memorial donations are suggested to her favorite charity, the Christian Children’s Fund, 800-776-6767,

2 Responses to “Mary Lucas – August 10, 2008”

  • Dunrue Wilson says:

    Mary Lucas Family Condolence

    I first met Mary in 1970 where we worked together for Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Mary was Secretary to the Director of Human Resources and I was hired as Secretary to one of the managers in the same department. Mary was the first friend I made in my new career. I was a product of the Civil Rights Era and the college student sit-in’s at that time. Needless to say I had many issues that kept people at arms length. Mary and I gravitated to each other immediately. She accepted me just as I was, never condemning or judging. Over the years I developed a more healthy perspective of people and Mary was a big reason for that. Her quiet, warm spirit won me over. Mary always had something encouraging to say to you as well as a humorous anecdote to share with you. Laughter became very spontaneous around her. When she and Luke retired, our relationship did not miss a beat. The advent of the computer made it much easier to keep in touch, and we laughed at each others fiasco’s as we struggled to become computer literate in the 21st Century.
    I can truly say that my life has been enriched as a result of having Mary as a part of it. I will miss my dear friend and I look forward to seeing her again in our heavenly home.

    To Mary’s family, Al and I pray that God will comfort and strengthen you as you face the days without your beloved Mom, Grandmother and best friend. You are strong because you have a part of Mary in you and God will get you through the tough times. May His peace and love be with each of you always.

    Dunrue J. Wilson

  • Mary Ann Thompsn says:

    My mom was my best friend…she taught me the love of all mankind and the importance to stand up and fight for what I believe in. I learned that family and friends are the most important gift in life. She was the smartest person I knew and made sure that all of her children shared her love of knowledge. She spent quality time with her grandchildren and made sure they knew the importance of living in a global world. She made everyone laugh and never complained. What a true blessing to have this quality person share her life, love and values with so many. Mom, you are now a full fledged angel. Always, always, your daughter, ma

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