Virdean (Davis) Lucas

Virdean (Davis) Lucas
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.

7 Condolences

  1. Zee Button Barrett on September 8, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Karen, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She had a long life and I know you cared for her and spent all your time with her in these last years. I hope your wonderful memories will give you comfort during this time.
    Your friend, Zee Button Barrett

  2. Dick Hardin on September 10, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Karen: I’m so glad to have gotten to know you and Mrs. Lucas over the years. Your mother had such a sunny disposition, seeming always upbeat. I can still see her sitting in her living room surrounded by her cats and golf trophies.

  3. Jacque Ortiz on September 10, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    I’m so very sorry for the lost of your beloved mother. Seeing all the fall flowers made me think of all the birthday cakes with all the fall flowers especially the sunflowers that I made her each year, I’m thinking of you. A hummingbird came to see me the other day I think it was your mom!
    Sincerely Jacque Ortiz

  4. Sande Pahl on September 10, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    We will miss Bombi, her kind words and all her sweetness. It warms my heart that she is in heaven with her beloved husband and Uncle Gordon.
    Bombi was lucky to have a daughter like Karen who has taken great care to make sure she was able to live out her days in the home that Bombi loved dearly. Karen has sacrificed much, especially the last few years and I know it has not gone unnoticed by those who cared and loved Bombi.

  5. Theresa Wendel on September 10, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Karen, Ted and Sande, I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful picture of your mother/grandmother. I am fortunate to have met her on your trip to NC and just wanted to tell you Karen, there is a special place in heaven for you providing such a selfless act for personally caring for her these past years. I can’t imagine the hole this leaves in your days now, but I believe the memories you created are the best replacement. Just know that you are in my thoughts.

  6. Jeanie Bundy on September 13, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Dear Karen,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. I can’t believe she was nearly 100 years old. We need to get together some way—-phone, texting, take-out. I know you will miss her a lot. Love, Jeanie ????????????????????????????????????????

  7. Madelyn Winterbourne on September 15, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Dear Jan, I am sorry about the loss of your mother. I remember her fondly when she visited her mother in Newton. My thoughts are with you.

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