Deborah A. Lucas, 59

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SOUTH PORTLAND – Deborah A. Lucas, RN, 59, of South Portland, passed away on Oct. 19, at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, after a long and courageous battle with lymphoma, with her family by her side.

She was born in Rockland Jan. 19, 1956, the daughter of Charles and Joan Look Brown. She was educated in Rockland schools, graduating with the Rockland High School class of 1974. She also was a graduate from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.

Lucas worked as a registered nurse for last 20 years in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center until her illness.

In 1986, she met David W. Lucas, whom she married April 9, 1988, in Portland. The couple raised their family in South Portland. Her many friends and co-workers all knew Lucas as a generous and compassionate person, who always thought of others before herself.

Lucas loved boating and camping when her children were growing up. In recent years, she enjoyed riding with her husband on their motorcycle. Lucas also enjoyed  family events with her large extended family in Rockland and Jonesboro. One of her favorite passions was genealogy. Lucas was a longtime member of the Maine Old Cemeteries Association and served as the editor of the newsletter.

She was predeceased by her father.

Besides her mother, of Winslow, Lucas leaves her beloved husband, David Lucas, of South Portland; two daughters, Kelsey Lucas of Pensacola, Florida, and Sarah Lucas of South Portland; a brother, Charles, of South Thomaston; many cousins; and a niece and nephew she was very close to.

A Celebration of Life was held at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home in Portland Oct. 28, with the Rev. Philip Shearman officiating. Interment followed in New Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA  02284-9168.