Erma Almira Lucas



Erma Almira Lucas, 98, of Freetown passed away at 1:32 a.m. Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Hoosier Christian Village in Brownstown.

Mrs. Lucas was a member of Ratcliff Grove Christian Church.

Born April 16, 1917, in Whiting, Kansas, she was the daughter of Glen Wilson and Amy Sarah Nichols Roath, both of whom preceded her in death. She married Bernard Lucas on Aug. 12, 1945, in Topeka, Kansas, and he preceded her in death Aug. 9, 2005.

Mrs. Lucas attended Maple Hill Grade School in Maple Hill, Kansas. She graduated from Peabody High School in 1935 in Kansas and was the last living member of her high school class. Erma then graduated from Stewart Beauty School in Topeka and also attended Clark Secretarial School in Topeka.

Mrs. Lucas was office secretary for Santa Fe Railroad in Topeka, Kansas, until 1948, when she and her husband moved back to Brownstown. Erma and her husband then operated Lucas Farm & Home Supply in Brownstown from 1967 to 1983.

Survivors include a twin daughter, Janice (Larry) Goss of Freetown; one grandson, Roger Spencer (Tonya Lewis) of Freetown; one great-grandson, Lucas (Anna) Spencer of Freetown; and one great-great-grandson, Rhett Meier Spencer of Freetown.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Ellis Roath; three sisters, Lula Sharp, Bessie Waidlich and Irene Boyers; a twin daughter, Joyce Spencer; and son-in-law, Max Spencer.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown, with David M. Lucas officiating. Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown.

Memorials may be made to Ratcliff Grove Christian Church or Hoosier Christian Village Auxiliary.

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