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Joan Lucas 1930 - 2008 ARLINGTON, V.T. Joan Lucas of Arlington passed on in her sleep, after a short illness, at the Christian Science Association, Chestnut Hill, Mass. Born in North Adams, Mass., on Jan. 5, 1930, the daughter of Joseph and Helen Bartlett Walden, she spent her early years in North Adams, but in the eighth grade moved to Williamstown and lived with her aunt and uncle, Guy and Alma Fowler on Meacham Street. While in high school, she was active in theater, cheerleading and the school newspaper and graduated in 1947. After graduation, she went to work in Hartford, Conn. In 1948 she took a four days' and four nights' bus trip to San Francisco to marry Donald H. Lucas, who was in the Navy and stationed there. After six years in the Navy, two new children, and more moves than she wanted to count, she and her husband left the Navy and settled for seven years in Hyde Park, Vt. In 1961, she and her husband moved to Williamstown. In the early 60's, she was a partner in the Lucas-Kennedy Realty and, in 1972, she moved to Bennington and then Shaftsbury. In Bennington, Mrs. Lucas opened a gift shop which, soon after, became the Scandinavian Country Shop. In 1974, she moved to Arlington where she owned and operated the shop and loved her customers for 27 years. A frustrated architect, she completely designed and supervised the building of two homes for her family. She loved the outdoors, animals, gardening, birding, hiking and church. She was a member of the Green Mountain Club. She was a member of the North Adams, Troy, N.Y., or Bennington Christian Science churches for 44 years, and served as Sunday school teacher, librarian and First Reader. She leaves her husband Donald of Arlington; two sons, Jon in California, and Mark in northern Vermont; a half-brother, John Coyne of Wilmington, Del., and a half-sister, Sarah Griffin of Santa Barbara, Calif. She was predeceased by two sons, Steven and Peter. MEMORIAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME, Route 7A, Arlington, Vt. In lieu of flowers, friends who desire may make contributions in Joan's memory to the Christian Science Church in Bennington or to the Second Chance Animal Shelter c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250. For directions or to send personal e-mail condolences to the family. please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com
Published in Bennington Banner from Dec. 2 to Dec. 6, 2008
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