Harriet Louise Lucas, 81, of Streator, Illinois and formerly of Westchester, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at her residence. She was surrounded by the love of family at her side.
Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. Monday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator. Funeral services will immediately follow, officiated by Rev. Joe Mills.
An additional visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. at Hursen Funeral Home, Hillside, Illinois. A short service celebrating Harriet’s life will be held Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M.
Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. A private burial of ashes will be held at a later date.
Harriet is survived by her husband Lowell Lucas of Streator; children Lora (Dan) Boburka of Glendale Heights, Carin Lucas of Forest Park, John (Diane) Lucas of Coppell, Texas, Sara Lucas of Chicago and Elizabeth (Pieter) van Es of Laguna Beach, California; grandchildren Grant (Lauren), Erin, Alyssa (Joe), Matthew (Ashley), Tori, Shannon, Alec, Phoebe and Owen; 7 great grandchildren and a nephew, Rob (Linda) Runyon of St. Charles, Missouri.
Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, along with a brother and sister-in-law, John (Wanda) Runyon.
Born May 27, 1938 in Bethel, Missouri, Harriet was the daughter of Carl “Shorty” and Clara (Schwada) Runyon. Raised in Shelbyville, Missouri, Harriet graduated from Shelbyville High School. She attended Kirksville State Teachers College (Truman State University) where she met Lowell. They were married on March 7, 1958 in Pattonville, Missouri.
Harriet and Lowell raised their family in Westchester. When her children were grown Harriet, a homemaker, joined the paper industry where she was employed for over a decade.
A fiercely devoted wife and mother, Harriet was an avid supporter of her husband’s Proviso West High School basketball teams. She was greatly involved with Westchester Girls Softball, having coached many teams and assuming the title of president.
An extraordinarily beautiful and loyal woman, Harriet’s greatest gift was treating people with dignity and humanity. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Streator Salvation Army, Streator Food Pantry or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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