June 11, 1942-July 19, 2019
ALEDO — Mary Lucas, 77, of Aledo, passed away surrounded by a room full of family and friends Friday, July 19, 2019, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Matherville. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Matherville. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 4th Ave E., Milan. Memorials may be left to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Mary was born June 11, 1942, in Boden, Ill., a daughter of Michael and Juanita (Prescott) Hayostek. She graduated from Sherrard High School, Class of 1960. She married William Francis Lucas on June 22, 1960. William passed away Feb. 12, 2000.
Having been raised on a farm, Mary was no stranger to hard work and was well schooled in the kitchen. She was, as many would agree, one of the best cooks that ever wore a smile in the kitchen. Her pies and desserts were second only to her holiday meals and many family recipes that she enjoyed sharing with family and friends. There was never a time that she did not lend a helping hand when called upon. She was a member of St. Anthony's church in Matherville. She was also a member and volunteer of Milan American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and a strong supporter of veterans.
A wonderful homemaker for many years, Mary also worked at Eagles Corporate Headquarters in Milan, retiring in 2003. Later you would find her at Rock Island Sale Barn alongside her friend, Sharon, making the best strawberry pie and hot beef sandwiches that you ever seen.
Mary's beautiful smile and infectious laugh were a sight to behold and enjoyed by her many friends.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Scott M. (Paulette) Lucas, Aledo, and Todd A. Lucas, Matherville; daughter in-law, Roxanne (Dean) Lucas; grandchildren, Zachary (Lisa) Lucas, Caleb Lucas, Taylor (Bill) Attwood, Alexandra (Brayden) Pridemore, Sean Lucas; and great granddaughter, Everly Rose Lucas; sisters, Dixie Hain, Suzanne Hayostek, Margo Hayostek-Smith; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Alice Johnson.
The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the wonderful staff at Avonlea Cottage, Milan, and in ICU at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.