Mary Alice Goffaux Lucas, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, gourmet cook and great friend, died Nov. 27, 2013, in her home in Roswell, Ga., surrounded by her family.
Mary Alice, 86 years young, was born into a loving home in Point Marion, Pa., and then moved to Charleston at a very young age. Her parents, Jules Goffaux and Alice Caberet Goffaux, both of Belgian decent, pre-deceased her.
Mary Alice graduated from Charleston Catholic High School and attended business school while working for the city of Charleston. She worked in the office of True Temper from 1947 until 1954 when she started her family.
Edsel Lucas, her husband of 46 years, and Mary Alice lived in several cities in West Virginia - Charleston, Huntington, Falls View and moved in 1975 to Elkins, which they considered home. In 1995, they moved to Satellite Beach, Fla. They continued to live part of the year in Elkins until her husband's death in 1997.
Mary Alice was known for her love of God, her devoted love to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her gourmet cooking and hospitality talents. She was a true matriarch of her large, loving family. She entertained frequently, hosting dinner parties for her husband's business clients, their many friends and civic organizations including the Queen's Coffee for the Mountain State Forest Festival. She loved to travel and was an avid gardener. She was a member of the Women's Club in Elkins and was always very active in her children's and grandchildren's activities.
She kept her six children and 21 grandchildren very well connected to her and to each other through many phone calls and visits throughout the years. She also loved her iPad and Facebook after taking a computer class at the age of 85. She maintained strong ties to the many friends, neighbors and relatives she knew from her early life until her death. She was a sweet and thoughtful friend to many, often providing a homemade dish, baked item or something fresh from her garden to bring cheer or comfort.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Edsel Lucas; brothers, Marion and Jules Goffaux; two sisters-in-law, Dot Goffaux and Evelyn Goffaux; and a very close cousin, Gladys Wilkin.
Surviving family members include one son, Don and Flo Lucas of Windham, N.H.; five daughters, Teresa and Bob Kamm of Atlanta, Ga., Sharon and Craig Krummrich of Ventura, Calif., Dr. Janet and Dr. Alan Lintala of Beckley, Nola and Andy Stull of Atlanta, Ga., Lisa and Greg Popera of Bethesda, Md.; and beloved former daughter-in-law, Marlene Lucas of Duluth, Ga. She leaves behind 21 beloved grandchildren who are Bob Kamm, Jessica Kamm Cathell and Megan Kamm Lee; Dr. Don Lucas, Ben, Joe, Heather and Josh Lucas; Carter, Caleb, Claire and Sophia Krummrich; Aidan, Mason and Pierson Lintala; Drew and Will Stull; and Ashleigh, Alexa, John and Teddy Popera; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Elkins, Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass is at 11:30 a.m. followed by burial in Beverly Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome or a memorial contribution can be made to Autism Recovery Resource Center 2401 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.