Virdean Lucas
1920 - 2020
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Virdean Lucas passed away on September 4, 2020, just shy of her 100th birthday.

She was born Florence Virdean Davis, on October 27, 1920, in Newton, Kansas, to Frank and Florence (Northrup) Davis. She married her high school sweetheart, Keith G. Lucas, on April 25, 1936. Together they raised their family of four children in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Virdean came to Lawrence in the fall of 1960 with Keith, who opened and managed Dillon's Massachusetts Street store-the first one in town. She was a homemaker, accomplished golfer, devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She volunteered with the USO during WWII and also at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in later years.

She leaves behind three daughters; Darla Westbrook of Springdale, Arkansas, Janice "Jan" Arnold of Olathe, Kansas and Karen Pahl of Lawrence. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2002, and her only son, Gordon Lucas, in 2000. Virdean had 15 grandchildren, many great and great-great-grandchildren, a great-niece and great-nephew.

Many will miss the twinkle in Virdean's eyes, her sweet smile, kind voice, gentle touch and unconditional love, but she will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

Virdean adored all of God's creatures, especially her cats, Mama and Sammy. Memorial donations can be made in her name to the Humane Society of Lawrence in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. She is surely smiling down from Heaven to know that her memory is helping animals in need.

Services will be held graveside at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence on Thursday, September 10, at 11:00 am, with a prior viewing at Warren-McElwain Mortuary from 9–10:30 am.

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Sep. 9 to Sep. 10, 2020.
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September 19, 2020
Condolences and prayers to Karen and family. Despite the circumstances, Virdean was a joy to see daily. She was so sweet and had a spark to her that we won’t soon forget. May you hold her memory close and have peace in the days to come.
Kim and Meredith
September 11, 2020
So sorry for the loss of Virdean. I so enjoyed talking to her while caring for her cats. She was such a cool lady. You were very lucky to have her for so many years. I know she will be missed by many.
Janet Dercole
September 10, 2020
I think your legacy to us all is most evident in your selfless actions regarding your family. There are too many examples of these actions to list however there are two that are quite personal to me.

As a child you cared for me and my baby sister while by dad was in the hospital recovering from a spinal injury, mom had to be there with dad and you stepped right in. As a young adult I watched for years as you and Grandpa cared for your mom during her last days.

Your legacy of caring survives as your daughter Karen continued those selfless acts described above and I’m sure many more. I am thankful that my mother was able care for you the way you cared for others and as she continues to care for your beloved cats.

I will miss you every day Bombie.
Ted Pahl
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