Nell Lucas

Nell Starkey Lucas (Starkey)

Monday, October 26th, 1931 - Friday, April 24th, 2020
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Nell Starkey Lucas, 88, of Salem, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020. She was born at home, above her father’s store, on Main Street in Salem, VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Posie Lee Starkey and Berta Barthe Starkey; husband, Richard Lee Lucas; daughter Nancy Lee Lucas; and brothers, Posie Starkey and Clem Starkey.

Surviving includes her daughter, Susan Lucas and son-in-law Frank DiNunzio of Roanoke, and granddaughter, Lindsey Norcross of Durham, North Carolina; along with many relatives and close friends.

She graduated from Andrew Lewis High School and Virginia Southern College. She worked in the highway department of the Virginia Department of Transportation until her children were born. As a stay at home Mom, she was a seamstress and made draperies for some of the most beautiful homes in Salem. Later, she went back to work full time in the insurance industry.

Nell was well known as a gracious hostess, always preparing the perfect meal for her special people. She learned to play golf later in life and actually made a hole in one at Countryside in 1976. She was a member of the Women’s Golf Association at Hidden Valley Country Club and had many wonderful memories of golf outings and good times with friends.

There will be a private burial at a later date. Since Nell was the epitome of “Salem born and Salem bred”, the family suggests a donation to The Salem Museum, 801 East Main Street, Salem, Virginia 24153, or your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.
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    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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Patricia Flanagan

Posted at 07:15pm
Nell worked at my father's insurance company for many years. I remember her warm smile and gentle nature. My father spoke highly of Nell and was so sad to hear of her passing. On behalf of Bob Goodwin's family, we send you love and prayers at this time and celebrate a beautiful spirit of Salem.

Patsy (Bob's daughter)

Carol Watson

Posted at 01:04am
Dear Susan,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Mothers are special and will be missed. May God comfort you during this difficult time, and may many memories encourage you.
Carol Watson

Pam Hall

Posted at 04:56pm
Lindsey, I am so sorry for your loss, I know how close you two were! You are definitely in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs! Pam Norcross Hall

Linda Ives

Posted at 04:21pm
So sorry for your loss Susan. Many thoughts and prayers are with you. Nell was such a special lady and always was so welcoming and kind to everyone. She made you feel like part of the family. I have many special memories of staying and visiting at your house growing up during our friendship. Nell and Dick were truly "Parents of the Year" at all times. We had meals, sleep overs, and could talk to them about anything. They were always there for our group of friends.
I will miss Nell and hope she is now at peace.
She was truly a special lady.
Linda & Steve

Joe Cunningham

Posted at 02:27pm
I'm sorry to hear this Susan. Your parents always struck me as being gracious and friendly people. Peace be with you. Joe Cunningham

Betty Shelor Posted at 12:36pm

We were honored to have Dick and Nell as our neighbors. They were such good and kind people. Earlier we bought Nell's mother's house and she was so nice to work with. Love and prayers to you Susan. Sherman and Betty Shelor

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