Mary Dowdle Lucas, 78, of Naples, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 1, of complications from heart surgery. Mrs. Lucas, a former resident of Northfield, was raised in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood. She graduated from St. Philip Neri School and St. Xavier High School in Chicago and attended Chicago Teachers College. After marrying the late John V. Lucas in 1944, she joined him in operating John V. Lucas Co., a Southwest Side company that produced fabric sample books. "My mother was treasurer of the company," said her daughter, Lynn Martin. After their retirement in the early 1990s, the couple became active in the Bears Paw Golf Club in Naples. "She was still active and on the board of directors," her daughter said. "That was her current life." As president of the Women's Club of Loyola Academy in Wilmette in 1969, Mrs. Lucas was instrumental in starting the Ramble, the school's annual fundraiser. "Mary is going to be the most missed woman I know," said her longtime friend Dodie Dwyer. "Men and women were crazy about her. She had a laugh that the sound of was better than music. She was a woman who lit up people's lives just by her presence. She was the most optimistic person." Other survivors include three sons, John, Jerome and Lawrence; three brothers, John, Jerome and James Dowdle; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, when a mass will be said in Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity Catholic Church, 191 Linden St., Winnetka.
Source: Chicago Tribune January 3, 2000