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Maria Dolores (Loli) Lucas

Maria Dolores (Loli) Lucas, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2020 at the age of 83.  She was a loving, caring daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.   We are comforted knowing she is reunited with the love of her life and devoted husband of 57 years, Eliseo Lucas, who passed away on June 23, 2018.

Maria was born in Acevedo del Rio, Celanova, Orense Spain on November 19, 1936 to Jaime and Pilar Gonzalez, who preceded her in death.  She was the oldest of three siblings and shared the same birthday with her mother.  Their humble home was full of love and faith especially while her father fought in the Spanish Civil War.   From a young age she learned how to be self-sufficient and learned many skills and crafts at home. Their family lived most of her childhood in Madrid, Spain, where her father was a musician.  She graduated from Cardenal Cisneros University in Madrid with a teaching degree in Home Economics.

In 1960, she came to visit her younger sister, Pilar, in Flagstaff, AZ where she met Eliseo and they were married on November 24, 1960.   Eliseo worked for Paradise Sheep & Cattle Company so they lived near Williams, AZ during the summer months and Chandler, AZ the remainder of the year.

While she always loved her native Spain and celebrated the culture and traditions with family and friends, Maria became a US citizen in August, 1969 and was very proud to be an American.  She worked hard to learn English in order to help her family and her children.  She was an amazing cook and could just as easily prepare meals for two people or up to hundreds without missing a  beat.  She didn’t write down recipes because she perfected many dishes but she was always happy to share and demonstrate how she made her signature dishes.   Maria was also a gifted seamstress making her own patterns from newspaper and she made anything from Barbie clothes for her daughter’s dolls, prom and graduation dresses, bridesmaid dresses, curtains, bedspreads.   She loved all kinds of crafts, especially needlepoint and floral arranging.  Her most prized needlepoint piece is of the Last Supper which took several years to complete.  Family and friends fill their homes with floral arrangements and holiday decor which Maria created and gave as gifts.

Maria set a tremendous example of dedication and work ethic to her children and grandchildren.  In 2018, she retired from Chandler School District Food Service at the age of 81.  She often said she needed to keep active and moving and she enjoyed working.

Maria set an extraordinary example of service and giving to the community.   She was always involved in fundraisers and charitable events at Basha Elementary School and Seton Catholic High School where her children attended school.   She never turned down anyone who needed help as she was a trusted mentor, confidant, cheerleader and positive influence.  Most recently she volunteered at St Vincent de Paul.   St. Mary’s Catholic Church was her community of faith for over 50 years and she served as a Eucharistic Minister.   Until recently she attended daily Mass;  she never wavered in her faith and she knew God would never give her a cross too heavy to bear.   We are comforted knowing she is in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.

She is survived by her two children, Marisol Cavazos and Eliseo Tony (Griselda) Lucas, four grandchildren, Alina and Cid Lucas and Miranda and Marco Cavazos, two siblings Jaime Gonzalez II, Pilar (Adolfo) Pardo and many nieces and nephews.  We will miss her love and nurturing but she will forever be in our hearts.

Services will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church located at 230 W Galveston St, Chandler AZ 85225 on Monday, July 20 as follows:  10:30 am Rosary and 11:00 am Mass.   Please be advised of COVID restrictions including minimum capacity in the Church, face mask required, temperature checks upon entry and social distancing.  We understand if you are unable to attend services and appreciate your prayers.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Vincent De Paul or St. Mary’s Catholic Church in her memory. For those who are unable to attend Mass, please join via this link. https://youtu.be/oEEGOIWzQDU

 

13 Comments

  • Lydia Solis Posted July 16, 2020 3:59 PM

    My dearest friend, nana Who knew my parents moving to an apartment I would find my best friend. You were always there for me with spiritual and life guidance and I will miss you so much. From your life lessons to your amazing food I will cherish all the memories I have of you, Eliseo and Oso you will forever have a piece of my heart . I love you my Loli. To Mari, Tony and family my condolences and prayers are with you

  • Betty Thude Posted July 16, 2020 4:18 PM

    I and the world will miss her tremendously and she is with Eliseo and her eternal loved ones❤️

  • Sara Perez & family Posted July 16, 2020 4:31 PM

    Loli-you will be missed my dear friend. I always remember the good (& sometimes not good) times we had when working catering events together. We laughed alot, and shared even more. Which made us such good friends, we shared our families as well as ourselves. I am comforted knowing you are in heaven with Eliseo and that you will continue to watch over us all from there.

  • Terry Solis Posted July 16, 2020 5:04 PM

    Loli is loved and cherished by so many, she was the mentor that by example made you want to do your best. Thank you Loli for being an inspiration to me and for being the Bested Friend Ever to a four year old that is now 40. To Marisol , Tony and Family my condolences and love.

  • ROSIE VASQUEZ Posted July 16, 2020 5:50 PM

    Marisol, What a beautiful life your mother had. You will always have good and beautiful memories of your mother. Condolences to you and your family. May God bless you with comfort and strength. God bless you.

  • Sara Bissen Posted July 16, 2020 9:34 PM

    This obituary is a beautiful tribute to a strong, loving woman who lived her life with passion, conviction, faith and unconditional love for her family, friends and family of faith. Loli’s legacy of love is evident in her children, grandchildren and everyone who has her imprinted in their hearts. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and know that even though I will not be able to attend the funeral services due to work constraints, I will be there in spirit.

  • Raphael Moreno Posted July 17, 2020 6:48 AM

    Loli was a mother to me raised me as if I was her own child cooked for me did my laundry made me go to church do home work gave me advice on life
    I will miss her such a strong person, my condolences to the family.

  • Carmen Davenport Posted July 17, 2020 4:41 PM

    I will truly miss Loli. She was the most amazing woman. She could out cater me any day of the week. I will our chats at work. God speed Loli. We will cater in the heavens one day.

  • Lisa D’Alessio Posted July 19, 2020 7:50 AM

    Tony, your mom was always so kind to me, and I remember her fondly. Sending a blessing to you and your family—I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Phyllis McDonald Posted July 20, 2020 9:42 AM

    Such a strong woman and sole. I always enjoyed and looked. Forward to working with Loli. You will be greatly missed. May you now be a free angel . God rest your soul. Aww

  • Molly & Rod Rodriguez and family Posted July 20, 2020 12:53 PM

    Loli was a dear friend of our entire family. She kept our kids when Molly was in the hospital and took care of them as if they were her own. Loli and Eliseo were a very loving couple and she was looking forward to joining him someday after he passed two years ago. Marisol and Tony were very fortunate to have had them for parents. Loli was always there for them and for anyone who needed help. She has joined Eliseo and they are smiling down on us here on earth. Eternal Rest Grant unto Her Oh Lord and let Perpetual Light shine on both of them. We will miss both of them. Our sincerest condolences to Marisol, Tony and their families.

  • Kimberly Holguin Somborovich Posted July 20, 2020 4:08 PM

    Mrs. Lucas was a wonderful person. I remember how she always was so nice to us kids when we were going to school. She made great meals for us when we were traveling on sports teams. I loved eating her meals. She was just so genuine and such a good woman. I just learned of her passing. My condolences to Marisol, Tony and her entire family.

  • Manuel and Marie Jorajuria Rico Posted August 22, 2020 7:23 PM

    Dearest Marisol & Tony and Family,
    Our sincere condolences to all of you.
    I have know this beautiful couple almost all of my life. Loli & Eliseo lots of memories in the summer time with my grandparents Frank & Elsie Auza. Loli is at peace with the love of her life, Eliseo such a good, humble man. So glad l talked to her several months ago over the phone. Thinking of all of you.♥️

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