Carmen's Story

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Mrs. Carmen Stewart Lucas, 93, passed away Aug. 10, 2016, in Berea, KY, after a long and adventuresome life as a wife of a career United States Air Force (USAF) officer.
Mrs. Lucas was born on June 21, 1923, to Ralph P. and Maude Ollis Stewart on Georgetown, IN. Her parents are buried in Greenlawn Cemetery in Frankfort, IN.
Mrs. Lucas was the last of the three "Stewart Girls" having been predeceased by her sisters and their husbands, Avis Stewart Doughty (Marvin) and Imogene Stewart Boxwell (Cletis). She was also predeceased by her nephew, Dan Stewart Boxwell.
Mrs. Lucas married Truman Lucas who was born in Jamestown, IN, but was raised in Frankfort, IN. Both graduated from "Old Stoney" in the late 1930s. They were married in Brady, TX, where Truman was undergoing flight training as a pilot in the Army Air Corps and ultimately has a 30-year career with the USAF.
Carmen and Truman have two surviving sons, James Truman (Betty) living in Berea, KY, and David Allen (Judy) living in Crossville, TN. She is also survived by Samantha L. Lucas, a granddaughter and daughter of David and Judy living with her parents, and nieces, Cheryl Miller Roberts of Delaware and Cindy Jo Doughty Green of Indianapolis and their children.
Mrs. Lucas is also survived by an extended family including Tom Floyd of California, Wayne Kendall of Georgia, Christopher Webster of Florida and Paul Whitaker of Indiana, all of whom she considered sons.
Over her husband's career, she traveled to many Air Force installations throughout the United States and to war-torn Europe from 1949-1951.
Carmen ad Truman retired to Port Charlotte, FL, in 1969 and she remained there until 2002 when she moved to Crossville with son David and his family. Recently she moved to Berea, KY, where her son Jim lives.
Mrs. Lucas was a member of the Lantana Road Baptist Church in Crossville.
She will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with her husband after graveside services.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made by donating to the charity of your choice.
Published on August 16, 2016
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