Phyllis V. Lucas, 87, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Ashton Creek Health and Rehab in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Born in St. Clairsville, Phyllis was the daughter of the late John and Hannah Jessee. Her 1947 Bethesda High School class predicted Phyllis would be a "famous chemist by 1960". Although not literally a chemist, her drive to excel was evidenced with her Associates Degree in Nursing from Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Purdue University, and Masters Degree in Health Care Management from California State University, where she also taught. Phyllis was a critical care nurse at major hospitals including Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, and Bakersfield Memorial, along with her own consulting firm, "Health Care Executives Inc." She also joined medical missions to donate her nursing expertise in underprivileged areas of Central America such as Uspantan, Guatemala in Central America. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and mentor to her family, friends, and co-workers.
Surviving are her children; Lisa (Todd) Bush of Huntertown, Bob (Sue) Lucas of Champaign, Ill., Gene (Joann) Lucas of Larkspur, Colo., Rhonda (Ed) Chiang of Fort Wayne and their father, Robert D. Lucas, also a Bethesda High School alumnus; grandchildren, Justin, Erin, Jake, Melissa, Chris, Nick, Don, Jessee, Cooper, Kyle; great-grandchildren, Austin, Jordan, Dylan, Nick Jr, Raven, and Schylar.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her sister, Beatrice K. Mead. A memorial to celebrate Phyllis' life will be officiated by Reverend Thomas Detling at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 233 N. Main St., Bethesda, Ohio at 11 a.m. Saturday July 1, 2017, with a luncheon following at noon. She will be buried at Mount Horeb Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.