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Irma Lucas

April 17, 1926 - February 21, 2014 <-

Irma Lucas, a long-time resident of Plentywood and Great Falls, died Friday morning, February 21 following a brief stay at Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home; she was 87. Pastor Mark Taylor will officiate at funeral services at 2:00 PM Tuesday, February 25 at Fulkerson Memorial Chapel in Plentywood; interment will be in Plentywood Cemetery.

Born at Vernonia, Oregon April 17, 1926, Irma was the fourth of five children of Ralph and Mamie (Simmons) Lamoreaux. She grew up near Portland, Oregon, and as a teenager, worked as “Rosie the Riveter” in the Seattle shipyards, and as a welder in Portland during World War II. Later, she and a friend moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to work; there she met Frankie W. Lucas – after a two-week courtship, they were married there March 16, 1946. They lived in Albuquerque until Frank’s discharge in May, 1947, when they moved to Ray, North Dakota. Later years found them following his work as a mechanic to Williston, North Dakota; Arlington, Oregon; Grenora, North Dakota; Chinook, Montana; and, in 1963 they moved to Plentywood. In Plentywood, Irma worked at the Blue Moon night club, the Plains Motel, Grandview Hotel, as well as doing cleaning for local families.

She later moved to Great Falls, where she worked as an attendant for an elderly lady, and continued cleaning in hotels and motels. She recently received a 20-year certificate from Valley View School in recognition of her years as part of the United Way Foster Grandparent program, working with special needs children.

A superb baker, she was known for her yummy treats; one of her favorites was her spice cake with caramel frosting. Irma loved to do anything she could to help other people.

In her spare time, Irma loved embroidery, board games, bingo, and visiting the casinos, where she was enthralled by the ringing sound of the gambling machines! Every summer saw a trip to visit her sister in California, where highlights were boating on the Sacramento River. She loved to go shopping with her daughter, Kathy, on trips that usually ended with an Orange Julius, and either a seafood dinner at the Golden Corral, or a visit to a Chinese restaurant! A couple of years ago Irma and Craig went to Wendover, Nevada, where she enjoyed her first live concert with a performance by Clay Walker. Irma and Craig always loved to visit the state fair where she especially enjoyed riding in the bumper cars! Another highlight was a Carnival Cruise to Mexico with her sister Mildred and her niece Sandy from Sacramento, California. Over the years, Irma accumulated an impressive collection of many varied items featuring her favorite bird, the Owl.

Irma is survived by her children, Keith, of Plentywood; Kathy Stringer and her husband Wayne, of Medicine Lake; and Craig, of Great Falls. She is also survived by grandchildren Craig Lucas Jr. Kathy’s children, Missy Taylor, Travis Stringer, and Tanya Bramhall; and by great grandchildren Samuel and Madeline Taylor, Frankie, Hannah, and Jesse Stringer; Tanya’s children, Sarah and Elijah Royal, and Craig, Jr’s two children. The last survivor of her family of five siblings, she was preceded in death by her brother Harold and sisters Helen, Mildred and Mary. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Frank Lucas, September 12, 2003, and by a son Gary Lucas, June 12, 2010. Survivors also include numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and two sisters-in-law, Bev Lucas and Lillian Larson.



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