“Like a star that is gone when the daylight is given, she has
faded away to shine brightly in Heaven.” ~ Unknown
On June 26, 2020, our precious Dorothy Lee Gregory Lucas (Sweet
Dot) of Beckley transitioned from this life into a life of
eternal joy. She is no longer sad or suffering.
Dorothy was born on February 13, 1933, at Glen Morgan, West
Virginia, to Henry Walker Gregory and Mildred Louise Ault
Gregory. She was a lifelong resident of Beckley.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a son, Robert Walker
Lucas; grandson, David Graham Lucas; sister, Cornelia Mae Reed;
brother, Frank Richard Gregory; special niece, Lillian Ruth
Shalala, and special nephew, Robert J. Reed; and former spouse
and father of her children, Howard R. Lucas, Sr.
Dorothy attended Woodrow Wilson High School where she graduated
in the Class of ‘51. She thoroughly enjoyed the many class
reunions she would attend in the years that followed.
She was an employee of Beckley Newspapers for 36-plus years,
starting as a proofreader and later becoming a compositor,
newsroom obituary writer and retiring as the librarian. She was
extremely proud of her work as the librarian and after retirement
still received accolades from her previous co-workers for her
meticulous work in the newspaper library.
Following her retirement, she volunteered at the Beckley VA
Medical Center and also served as a tour guide at Wildwood House
Museum. She immensely enjoyed traveling with Phyllis, Ruth and
Bob to many destinations, her favorite being Santa Fe, New
Mexico. However, she insisted that everyone should travel to see
Las Vegas and New Orleans.
Until the time of her death, Dorothy was the longest surviving
member of Jones Memorial Baptist Church where she faithfully
attended services. Her ministry was that she remembered so many
by sending cards with the sweetest handwritten notes. She lived
her life daily clothed in the tenets of Faith, Hope and Love.
She is survived by her children, Carolyn R. DiLorenzo and
husband, John, of Beckley; and Howard R. Lucas, Jr., and wife,
Sharon, of Lillington, North Carolina. Also surviving are
grandchildren, Rebecca Ann Bailey and companion, Matthew Stanley;
Jennifer Lee Escobedo and husband, José Escobedo-Martinez; Frank
Gregory Lacek and companion, Tiffany Bailey; Meredith Renee Kerr;
great-grandchildren, Ashley Rebecca Bailey and fiancé, Brandon
McGrady; Nickolas Enrique Manuel Escobedo; Brady Gregory Robert
Lacek; Dylan Gregory Stanley; Cameron Reece Robinson; and Raegan
Cali Kerr; very special niece, Phyllis Carolyn Williams; several
cousins, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews, and many,
Dorothy loved working in flowers and was so proud of her
beautiful flower gardens. She loved reading, the study of words,
and enjoyed daily crossword puzzles. Her admiration and love of
foreign languages kept her always attempting to learn words in
French, Spanish and Italian, even until the last few weeks of her
passing. She made beautiful crocheted items, teaching her
daughter, granddaughters and great-granddaughter this talent.
Dorothy’s legacy will always be her love of family which was the
cornerstone of her life. There was nothing more important than
time spent with her loved ones. Her absence at family gatherings
will leave a painful void for those who are left behind.
In the last few years, Dorothy became ill and reflected on her
life many times. One of the most recent was reflecting on what
she would do if she could live her life over: “I would be an
artist and paint beautiful flowers and I would speak a foreign
language fluently.” Her family takes comfort that today Dorothy
is painting beautiful pictures of flowers from her Heavenly
flower gardens, speaking French, Spanish and Italian, and walking
with joy among those who have gone before.
A private family visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 30,
followed by a public visitation from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Melton
Mortuary. A private family graveside rite will be held on a
later date at her beloved Wildwood Cemetery.
Those given the honor of escorting her to her final resting
place are her special and longtime friend, Bruce Blankenship;
John DiLorenzo; José Escobedo-Martinez; and Frank Gregory Lacek.
Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandsons, Nickolas
Escobedo; Brady Lacek; Dylan Stanley; and Cameron Robinson.
Dorothy had an abounding love for God’s creatures, especially
dogs and birds. It was her wish that following her death
donations of sympathy be made in her name to the Raleigh County
The family would like to thank the staff at Harper Mills for
their care during her nine-month stay and especially to the
wonderful aides and nurses from Hospice of Southern West Virginia
for their compassionate and excellent care provided in her home
for the last three months.
Following current protocols for COVID-19, social distancing
during the visitation will be required. The wearing of masks
is highly recommended but will not be required.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not
be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
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