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Ruth H. LUCAS Obituary

LUCAS, Ruth H.
Ruth H. Lucas, 85, of West Hartford, joined our Lord in eternal sleep on Sunday (July 1, 2012). She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Jack A. Lucas. Born in Natick, MA, January 25, 1927, she was a daughter of the late John H. Mattfield and Dorathea (Roberts) Mattfield. She was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War. Mrs. Lucas received her teaching certificate from Central Connecticut State College, and taught kindergarten for a number of years at Israel Putnam School in New Britain. She was a past president of the Connecticut Writers League and an editor of its literary magazine. She wrote short stories and had a mystery novel published, The Blushing Detectives. Since childhood, she has had a love of all things Russian, most notably its music and culture. Mrs. Lucas traveled extensively throughout Russia and learned enough of the language to translate works from the original Russian into English. She was a long-time parishioner of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, New Britain. A loving and devoted mother, she leaves her three children, Shirley and Bruce Lucas of West Hartford, with whom she made her home, and Paul Lucas and his wife Tashya, and their son Allistair, all of Oregon. She also leaves a sister June Michaud of Manchester; three nephews, Robert, Geoffrey and Kent, and families; and a number of cousins.
Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 305 Washington St., New Britain. She will be laid to rest with military honors in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery, New Britain. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the CT Humane Society, 107 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111 or to The Smile Train, P. O. Box 96231, Washington, DC 20090-6231. To share your sympathy with her family, please visit us at

Published in The Hartford Courant on July 4, 2012
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