Wanda Beth Lucas passed away from a stroke on June 20, 2021. She was born on January 5, 1938 in Guthrie, Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma State University where she majored in Home Economics and met her husband, Michael Arthur Lucas, whom she married on December 21, 1958 and was married to for 51 years before his passing. Wanda spent the first years of her marriage raising her four children and helping her husband with his veterinary practice. In 1985, they retired and moved to Savannah where they became involved in the Episcopal Church and started a ministry for children. Over the years they fostered over 25 children and adopted five of them, while providing support and baby equipment to other children in need. She expanded her ministry in 1995 when she became an ordained deacon with the Episcopal Church. She served God as a deacon for many years at St. Francis of the Islands, and after retiring, she joined St. Peter's Episcopal Church where she continued to serve God through singing in the choir. Wanda touched many lives through her ministry, art, and loving spirit and will be greatly missed.
Wanda is predeceased by her husband Michael Lucas and her son Alexander Lucas. She is survived by her eight children and their partners: David Lucas (Loni) of Zimmerman, Minnesota, Janie Smith of Savannah, Rebecca Lentz (Kenneth) of Savannah, Susan Lucas (Janet Byrd) of Sonoma, California, Kimberly Mercier (Bryan) of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Anthony Lucas of Savannah, William Lucas of Savannah, Second Class Petty Officer Phillip Lucas of Key West, Florida; and 5 grandchildren: Ryan Lucas (Giorgia Greselin), John Solokis, Catherine Parker (Jason), Katherine Zarada (Giuliana Stovall), and Harper Mercier.
A Memorial Service and reception will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 24, 2021 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Skidaway Island. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Skidaway Island, 3 West Ridge Rd., Savannah, GA 31411.
God bless all of you missing your mother and grandmother, a wonderful person who blessed so many with her compassion and her joy.
- Ellen Richardson, Watkinsville, GA
We are so sorry to learn of Wanda's death. We have many happy memories of her & Mike when they were teaching at SVA! Each and all of you, her family, are in our prayers. May God grant you peace, her good works go before her!
- Sisters of Mercy St, Vincent's Academy, Savannah, GA
While we cry the Angels sing! Wanda, aka Mother Superior, has joined the saints in heaven. Oh how we loved her. She was so very special to our family. Her loving presence always bringing peace to our family in good times and bad. We are former members of St. Francis of the Islands, now living in Suwanee, Ga. May God grant the members of her family peace and comfort. Love and God's Peace, John and Dee Kortes
- John and Dee Kortes, Suwanee, Georgia
It was such a privilege knowing Wanda. Condolences to her family.
- Joyce Crowder McBride , Savannah , Ga
Dear Susan, I am very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Me and my wife would like to pass along our deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. You are always in my thoughts.. love and hugs..
- Karaca Family, Auburn, AL
Dear David, Janie, Becky, Susie, Kimberly, Phillip, Tony, Billy and family, We are so saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. We only wish we could have been with you all, but we know you fully understand our health issues that made it impossible. However, you were all in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be in the days ahead. You kids truly were the joy in your mom’s eyes. Oh, how she loved to talk about her kids! Even now, in this time of sorrow and pain, we can all take great comfort in knowing she is resting in the arms of our Lord. May God continue to bless each of you now and in the days to come! We are so proud of each one of you and hurt with you in this hour of sorrow. In His Love, Aunt Joyce and Uncle Ron Americus, GA
- Ron and Joyce Gregory, Americus, GA
My deepest sympathy to Rebecca and Kenneth & Family. Her Faith has set her Free.
- Steven Magsig, SAVANNAH, Georgia
I am hearing today of Wanda’s death. I was so blessed to know her and Mike as well when I was a Resource Development Unit caseworker at the Chatham County Department of Family and Children Services. Her warmth, graciousness, her ability to negotiate so many systems and extend herself for children is only matched by the likes of other foster and adoptive parents and who gave as persons and deeply as well as persons of faith. The world and others were better off for the Lucas family! Gods speed my friends! I bow to your practice of compassion and unmatched love! ♥️ You were my teachers!
- David Bates , Orangeburg, South Carolina