Jane Woodruff Lucas

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Jane Woodruff Lucas passed away on November 28, 2018 at her home in Charlotte, four days after her eighty-ninth birthday. Born Jane Campbell Woodruff on November 24, 1929 in Anniston, Alabama, she was the daughter of Dr. Gerald "Fuzzy" Woodruff and Flora Campbell Woodruff. She attended Mary Baldwin College and graduated in 1952 from the University of Alabama, where she was a journalism major and a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. 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. Jane Lucas was a devoted community worker in Charlotte, where her interests included the Halifax Convention Chapter of the DAR and several civic clubs. Her most rewarding activity was her involvement in Myers Park Baptist Church, where she served as Sunday School teacher, Chair of both the Orientation and Altar Committees, and as one of the church's first female Deacons. Later she was named Life Deacon. A charming but determined recruiter for Myers Park Baptist, Jane was also known as an enthusiastic and gracious hostess to her many friends in Charlotte. She remained close to her childhood friends in Anniston throughout her life. She is survived by her husband of sixty-four years, her daughter Campbell Wester (John), and sons Bob (Perry) and Dan (Mary) and nine grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her brothers, Dr. Gerald G. Woodruff (Betty) of Anniston, and Dr. Roy Woodruff (Kay) of Fletcher, NC. Memorial gifts may be made to Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte NC 28207.
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Charlotte, NC 28204
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Published in The Anniston Star on Dec. 5, 2018