Barbara “Bobbie” Lucas graduated from this life on June 21, 2021, to the place her Lord and Savior had prepared in Heaven for her (John 14:1-6). Bobbie was 93 years old.
She was born in Santa Monica, Calif. Bobbie was a Girl Scout, and as a youth she started her own business raising parakeets and canaries to earn enough money to buy and care for her horses “Hi” and “Rex.” She loved to ride them through the orchards in the San Fernando Valley. In her late teens she met Luke, a shy, quiet young man. His friends were amazed how she brought him out of his shell. Bobbie and Luke fell in love and married in 1947. They had four children, one who died at birth.
Over their almost 69 years of married life, Bobbie was always committed to working alongside Luke and contributing to the family in any way she could. They moved their family out of the city to Lone Pine in the 1950s and the Mammoth Lakes area in 1962. In order to help out, she gained skills working as a waitress, a maid, operating a service station, managing a condominium complex, and dispatching AAA tow trucks. In spite of that, she was always deeply involved in the lives of their children and their school athletic and academic endeavors.
After moving to Covington Mill in 1982, she worked with Luke in his Weaverville air charter business, Trinity Mountain Flying Service. She had many responsibilities helping to operate the Weaverville Airport. Among others, they included turning on the Weaverville Airport runway lights at night and driving up and down the runway honking the horn to chase deer off so Luke could make nighttime landings.
Bobbie was a strong, beautiful woman, who loved her God, husband and family fiercely and was a gatherer of people in every season of her life. She was always living out her relationship with Jesus Christ and faced challenge after challenge with contentment and a smile. Wherever they lived, she was deeply involved with and loved her church. She was a member of Trinity Center Community Church where she attended for 35 years. More recently when her health required her to move into Weaverville, she attended First Baptist Church Weaverville.
She touched many, many lives over her 93 years. Many people, too numerous to count, benefited from Bobbie and Luke’s generosity.
Bobbie is survived by her son, Vic Lucas (Lisa); daughters Nancy Brown (Larry) and Linda Burch (Eddie); numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Allannah, and nephews and nieces.
Deep appreciation is extended to Bobbie’s care workers at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Weaverville who were also part of her family for the past four years.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband Luke; her father Fred and her mother Mary; her brother Ralph; and her infant daughter Julie.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Trinity Center Community Church in Trinity Center. All who knew and loved Bobbie are welcome to attend. A potluck meal will follow the service.
Donations in Bobbie’s memory may be made to one of the organizations she regularly supported: Trinity Center Community Church, First Baptist Church Weaverville, The Gideons International, Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC), Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) or American Bible Society.