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Celebrating the life of
Dorothea Young Lucas
August 17, 1923 - September 26, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Celebration of Life
  • 2:00pm - Monday, October 02, 2017
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200

My condolences to the Lucas family. Take comfort in God's promise to resurrect our loved ones back to perfect life (Acts 24:15). For more comfort, please visit JW.org.

D Tucker, Locust Grove, GA

We will always remember Gerri for her smile and awesome hospitality. May God grant her rest and peace; and may God grant you, her family, comfort and serenity. Marv and Linda

Marvin and Linda Thomasson, Orlando, FL

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

I'm so sorry for your loss. Death was not intended to be apart of life. Jehovah, God, makes a comforting promise at John 5:28,29 to resurrect our loved ones one day. I hope this scripture gives you comfort as it has given me in times of loss. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Kelly, ,

I am sorry for your loss. Death is painful to all of us. However God's word the Bible always offers encouragement. A scripture I find comforting is Isaiah 25:8. There Jehovah promises to do away with death and all things that bring us pain. That will be very satisfying! I hope this thought has been comforting to you. May positive thoughts fill you hearts and minds as you endure this difficult time.

R.G., ,

Harriet, Kim and Family, Please know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers. I know how much the 2 of you have done for your mom and grandmother over the years, and how much you loved her. If we can do anything for you, please let us know. Sincerely, The Ashley's Barb and Bob

The Ashley Family, Washington, DC

Dorothea Geraldine “Gerri” Young Lucas, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at her daughter’s home. She was born August 17, 1923 in Jacksonville, Florida to James Andrew and Thelma Middleton Young of Savannah, GA. She grew up in Savannah with her brother Richard Andrew Young, and graduated from Savannah High School in 1941. In 1938 her sister Patricia Gail joined the family.

Gerri attended Draughn’s Business College next. After World War II started and so many young men went off to fight, Merrill Lynch Company needed a replacement “Stock Boy”. The College recommended Gerri and she was hired, the first woman to hold that job in Savannah.

In the evenings Gerri went with her mother to the USO center to entertain soldiers stationed at Hunter Airforce Base. One young man from Illinois, Charles Lucas, immediately knew a good thing when he saw it. He soon proposed and they were married on May 19, 1945. Gerri quickly discovered that a being a military wife meant moving often to interesting places. She and Charlie lived all over the United States, in Germany and in the Philippines.

In 1964, Charlie retired from the Air Force and he and Gerri settled in Savannah. Gerri had always enjoyed working and spent 22 years in the Civil Service. She soon took a job as Family Housing Manager at Hunter Field, which she held for 14 years. She won many awards until she retired in 1981.

Never one to stay home and bake cookies, Gerri next took a modeling course from Millie Lewis. She modeled clothes for Lady Jane Store at the Johnny Harris Restaurant during the 1980’s. She also did two Savannah TV commercials for Tide Detergent.

Gerri became an active member of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) in 1981. She served in various offices of Chapter 249, including the Office of Chapter President for over ten years.

After Gerri and Charlie moved to Savannah Square in 2001, Gerri served on the Independent Residents Council for ten years. She held the Office of President for five years and soon became the person residents went to for advice and answers. She enjoyed her many friends at Savannah Square and especially loved the Friday night music and dancing. She could never pass up an opportunity to jitterbug, in spite of her severe back problems. “I always paid for it the next day!” she said.

Gerri lovingly cared for Charlie during his final illness, when he died in 2009, they had been married for over 64 years. Nothing was more important to Gerri than family.

Gerri is survived by her daughter Margaret Harriet Winiger of Savannah, her granddaughter Kim Winiger McFarland (Dan) and two great-grandsons Christian and Conor McFarland. She is also survived by her devoted sister Gail Young Thee (Bill) of Suwanee, GA and niece Melanie Thee Hall and nephew Michael Andrew Thee.

Gerri was a gracious, fun-loving, one-of-a-kind Southern Lady who never met a stranger. She genuinely loved other people, and as a result people loved her back. She will be missed.

A Celebration of her Life will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 2, 2017 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Burial will be private.

Remembrances may be made to the White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA 31419, or NARFE Chapter 249, 165 St. Ives Drive, Savannah, GA 31419.

 

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My condolences to the Lucas family. Take comfort in God's promise to resurrect our loved ones back to perfect life (Acts 24:15). For more comfort, please visit JW.org.

D Tucker, Locust Grove, GA

We will always remember Gerri for her smile and awesome hospitality. May God grant her rest and peace; and may God grant you, her family, comfort and serenity. Marv and Linda

Marvin and Linda Thomasson, Orlando, FL

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

I'm so sorry for your loss. Death was not intended to be apart of life. Jehovah, God, makes a comforting promise at John 5:28,29 to resurrect our loved ones one day. I hope this scripture gives you comfort as it has given me in times of loss. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Kelly, ,

I am sorry for your loss. Death is painful to all of us. However God's word the Bible always offers encouragement. A scripture I find comforting is Isaiah 25:8. There Jehovah promises to do away with death and all things that bring us pain. That will be very satisfying! I hope this thought has been comforting to you. May positive thoughts fill you hearts and minds as you endure this difficult time.

R.G., ,

Candle tribute lit by Melissa Jackson — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Barbara Brown — Georgia

Harriet, Kim and Family, Please know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers. I know how much the 2 of you have done for your mom and grandmother over the years, and how much you loved her. If we can do anything for you, please let us know. Sincerely, The Ashley's Barb and Bob

The Ashley Family, Washington, DC

Candle tribute lit by Christian Mcfarland — Virginia

Candle tribute lit by Conor McFarland — Virginia

Candle tribute lit by Dan McFarland — Virginia

Candle tribute lit by Kim McFarland — Virginia

Candle tribute lit by Kim McFarland — Virginia

Candle tribute lit by John & Carolyn Thompson — Georgia


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