Mildred Dorothy Lucas, age 93, of Odessa was called to her heavenly home on Saturday, July 28, 2018. She was born on May 30, 1925 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Willie Ray and Cletis Josie (Lowery) Hutson. Mildred was the eldest of three children.
Her family originally came to Texas in 1833 settling in Nacogdoches and San Augustine Counties. Raised and educated in farm-country, she married Buford Edward Jackson on March 30, 1944 and continued to reside in Nacogdoches County.
While Buford served in the U.S. Army overseas in the European Theatre of World War II, Mildred labored in the shipyards as a rivet girl along the Texas Coast. At the end of the war, a daughter, Lynda LaVerne, and then a son, Bennie Edward, completed the family.
In 1955, tragedy struck as she lost her husband in a severe automobile accident. Subsequently, she went to work for A&P Foods to support her young children.
On March 7, 1962, Mildred married Robie Lucas of Center, Texas and relocated to Odessa. There they had two daughters, Deborah Leigh and Dee Anna. As a homemaker, she loved cooking, sewing, gardening, crocheting, tending to her vast collection of plants in her greenhouse and taking care of her family. She devoted many years of her life to caring for her ailing mother. Mildred was also a longtime member of Sunset Heights Baptist Church of Odessa.
Mildred is preceded in death by her parents, Willie Ray and Cletis Josie Hutson, husbands, Buford Jackson and Robie Lucas, sister, LaVerne Wisener Hill of Nederland and nephew, Stephen Ray Hutson of Odessa.
Left to always cherish her memory are her children, Lynda Jackson of Harker Heights, Bennie Jackson and wife Leianne, Debbie Snodderly and husband, Troy and Dee McKee along with her brother, Lowery Ray Hutson all of Odessa. Surviving nieces and nephews include Denna Sims of Nederland, Mike Wisener of Baton Rouge, Tim Wisener of Beaumont and Geoffrey Hutson of Odessa.
Mildred was also known as “Mama” or “Nana” depending on the generation and is further survived by her grandchildren, Michael Dale Huckabay, Cherane’ Arthur, Douglas Jackson, Danny Huckabay, Ashley Jackson Bankston, Brogan Jackson, Allison Igo Edwards, Delain Washburn WInter, Justin Washburn, and Robie Washburn. Great-grandchildren include Macie Huckabay, Mason Huckabay, Michael Dale Huckabay Jr., Sam Wyatt Huckabay, Abigail Huckabay, Caleb Arthur, Berkleigh Arthur, Ryli Huckabay, Lexi Huckabay, Aubri Huckabay, Gavin Huckabay, Payson Winter, Chad Bankston Jr., Ryan Bankston, Eleanor Edwards and Kodi Jane Washburn. Great-great grandchildren include Hunter Brendt, Nevaeh Stauber and Zuriah Stauber. She is also survived by her numerous friends and neighbors among these include longtime devoted caregiver, Tulia Watkins, and close family friend “our nurse”, Frances Holley.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers with David Burton of Sherwood Church of Christ officiating.
The family of Mildred Lucas wish to extend our sincere thanks to the staff of Buena Vida Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the staff of Home Hospice. Memorials may be given to Home Hospice of Odessa or Buena Vida Activity Fund.
Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral service is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow immediately after the service at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. To send family condolences or share a memory, please sign her guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com.
“The world may never know that you cared more, gave more, loved more, than was ever expected. But Mother, we know.”
I extend to you my condolences for your loss.
May God give you comfort in your time of grief and sorrow.
Lynn RedfernEast Bernard, TX
Debbie and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I had hoped to get to get back to Odessa ,but unfortunately my health has not allowed me to. Your mother was such a wonderful lady. I am glad I got to share part of her life.
Debbie MaddoxBellville, TX
Debbie and family, thinking of you during this time and hoping you can find peace and comfort in the Lord. Love to all.
Mary Anne MartinOdessa, TX
Lynda and family,
Lifting you and your family in prayer during the loss of you precious Mother. I pray God wraps you each in his arms and carries you thru this difficult time. She gained her wings and is in Heaven. Love Cynthia & Rich
Cynthia ClarkAmarillo, TX