Margaret E. Lucas, of Bedford, passed away peacefully on the morning of March 23, 2018 at the age of 102. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Bedford United Methodist Church with the Rev. Daniel Wiebesiek officiating. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home of Humboldt is in charge of arrangements.
Margaret is survived by her daughter, Margaret Elaine (Norman Zimmerman) Mason of Urbandale; grandchildren, Mary Margaret (Robert) Schrader of Rochester Hills, MI, Lincoln (Dawn) Mason of Humboldt, IA, Christine Lucas of Bryn Mawr, PA, and Vane (Ginger) Lucas of Tulsa, OK; great grandchildren, Adam Schrader of Madison Heights, MI, Maggie Marzloff of Shelby Township, MI, Alexander Mason of Humboldt, Max Mason of Humboldt, Fin Mason of Humboldt, and David Lucas of Tulsa, OK; great-great grandson, Toby Marzloff of Shelby Township, MI; along with many blessed nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vane in 2004; son and daughter-in-law, Vane and Judy Lucas; grandsons, Mitchell Shawn Lucas and Miles Mason; son-in-law, Scott Mason; sisters and brothers-in-law, Coryl and Bing Miller, Blythe and Kenneth Lucas, and Doris and Mark Anderson.
Margaret Eva Damewood, the daughter of Clyde and Blanche (Humphrey) Damewood was born May 30, 1915 on a farm near Conway, Iowa. She attended country schools (walking three miles every day after milking four cows) and graduated from Sharpsburg High School. Following her education she worked as a nanny for a brief time in Des Moines. She was then employed at the Taylor County Farm near Bedford, Iowa where she met Vane Basil Lucas. The couple was united in marriage in 1934 and made their home in the Bedford area where they had two children, Vane and Margaret Elaine. During World War II, the family moved to Cedar Rapids where Margaret worked for Collins Radio building radios for the war effort and the family enjoyed the company of Margaret’s sisters and sisters-in-law as their husbands served in the war. In 1946, the family returned to Bedford where Margaret was busy raising her family and supporting Vane in his business, Lucas Products Company and volunteering in her community.
Margaret was a woman of great faith and vigorously served her church through women’s work, as a Sunday School teacher, State Vice President of Missions, served on the National Board of Christian Service, helped organize and was a charter member of Church Women United, served as past United Methodist Church President, and hosted bi-monthly ecumenical bible studies in her home for 28 years. She was a charter member of the Bedford Lioness’, enjoyed her membership in the 20th Century Club and Friendship Club, and served as Queen Mum of the Bedford Belles Red Hatters. The Young Mother groups that she organized over three decades were a source of great pride for her. Margaret was an avid seamstress and loved to quilt making many special quilts for family special occasions that will always be cherished.