Jane Woodruff Lucas

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE — Jane Woodruff Lucas passed away on Novem­ber 28, 2018 at her home in Char­lotte. She had turned eighty-nine years old four days ear­lier.

Jane Camp­bell Woodruff Lucas was born Novem­ber 24, 1929 in An­nis­ton, Al­abama, the daugh­ter of Dr. Ger­ald “Fuzzy” Woodruff and Flora Camp­bell Woodruff. She at­tended Mary Bald­win Col­lege and grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Al­abama, where she was a jour­nal­ism ma­jor and a mem­ber of the Delta Delta Delta soror­ity, in 1952. Jane’s pride in her Crim­son Tide was strong and eter­nal. Af­ter col­lege, she worked as a train host­ess on the Gulf, Mo­bile & Ohio Rail­road un­til she be­came en­gaged to Robert Theodore ( Ted) Lucas, Jr. of Shreve­port, Louisiana, who was in his last year of med­i­cal school. Jane and Ted mar­ried in 1954 at An­nis­ton’s Parker Memo­rial Bap­tist Church. Their first year of mar­riage was spent in San Fran­cisco, where Ted in­terned and Jane wrote thank-you notes and worked at the el­e­gant I. Magnin depart­ment store.

In 1955, they moved to New Or­leans for Ted’s pe­di­atric res­i­dency, which was in­ter­rupted when he was called into the Air Force. Jane joined him in Ja­pan and their first child, Jane Camp­bell Lucas, was born there in 1957.

Af­ter an­other stint in New Or­leans, Jane and Ted moved to Char­lotte in 1959, where Ted joined the Nalle Clinic. They stopped off in An­nis­ton on the way to have their sec­ond child, Robert Theodore Lucas III. Daniel Dud­ley Lucas com­pleted the fam­ily in 1960.

Char­lotte quickly be­came home to this Al­abama girl. Jane’s com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded mem­ber­ship and lead­er­ship in the Colo­nia Book Club, the Green Thumb Gar­den Club, the Char­lotte Speech and Hear­ing Cen­ter, the Halifax Con­ven­tion Chap­ter of the DAR, and the Meck­len­burg Med­i­cal Aux­il­iary. Her most re­ward­ing ser­vice was as a mem­ber of her beloved My­ers Park Bap­tist Church, where she was one of the church’s early fe­male Dea­cons and a Life Dea­con, a Sun­day School teacher, and a long- time chair of both the Ori­en­ta­tion and Al­tar Com­mit­tees. Count­less mem­bers of My­ers Park Bap­tist were first warmly wel­comed and then con­vinced to join the church by Jane, who was a charm­ing but de­ter­mined re­cruiter. Jane was an en­thu­si­as­tic and gra­cious host­ess, open­ing her Sher­wood Av­enue home to fam­ily and friends at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. She loved her many friends in Char­lotte and never lost touch with her growing- up friends in Al­abama.

Jane was blessed with a de­voted hus­band, three lov­ing chil­dren, and their spouses who hit the mother-in- law jack­pot, Cam’s hus­band John (Buddy) Wester, Bob’s wife Perry Liles Lucas, and Dan’s wife Mary Hall Lucas. She adored her nine re­mark­able grand­chil­dren, David Lucas Vorhoff, Jane Camp­bell Wester, Robert Theodore Lucas IV, Ge­orge Woodruff Lucas, Jane Perry Lucas, Cather­ine Camp­bell Lucas, Daniel Dud­ley Lucas Jr., Grace St. Clair Lucas, and Caro­line Bel­lamy Lucas.

Jane is also sur­vived by her two broth­ers,

Ger­ald Woodruff Jr. and Roy Woodruff, and sis­ters-in-law Betty Woodruff and Kay Woodruff.

She loved be­ing Aunt Jane to her nieces and neph­ews, Rhett Woodruff Warner and Gerry, Bowen, David, Mar­garet, Charles, and Earl Woodruff.

In her fi­nal years at South­min­ster Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity, Jane ac­cepted her lim­i­ta­tions with her usual grace. She never lost her sweet and lov­ing sparkle, and we will miss her ev­ery day.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held at My­ers Park Bap­tist Church on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, 2018 at

11: 00 a. m. If you wish to re­mem­ber Jane with a memo­rial, do­na­tions would be wel­come to the Church that meant so much to her (My­ers Park Bap­tist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Char­lotte NC 28207).

Ar­range­ments are in the care of Ken­neth Poe Fu­neral & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice, 1321 Berke­ley Ave., Char­lotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. On­line con­do­lences can be shared at www.ken­neth­poe­ser­vices.com.

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