Florinne Lucas Obituary

Florinne I. Lucas
Florinne I. Lucas
Florinne I. Lucas

October 6, 1910 - January 16, 2004
Born in Lake City, IA
Resided in Tucson, AZ
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Florinne Ida Harshbarger Lucas, former long time resident of Madrid, passed away Friday, January 16, 2004 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 93 years. She had been a resident in a care center in Tucson, Arizona for the last two years.
Mrs. Lucas was born on October 6, 1910 in Lake City, Iowa. She was the daughter of Stella Mae Burley Harshbarger and Guy C. Harshbarger, Sr. The Harshbarger family moved to a farm south of Madrid in 1923. Florinne was the eldest of five children.
In the autumn of 1926, Florinne and H. Vaughn Lucas, a 1927 graduate of Madrid High School, had their first date at the Harvest Home Supper at the First Christian Church in Madrid, where they were both members. Florinne graduated from Madrid High School in 1929. On August 24, 1930, Florinne and Vaughn were married at the Little Brown Church in the Vail in Nashua, Iowa.
Vaughn joined with his father in 1935 and purchased the Lucas Hardware, formerly Hutton and Lucas Hardware in Madrid. In 1945, Florinne and Vaughn became co-owners of the Lucas Hardware Store and in 1955, they moved the location of the store to a corner site across from the City State Bank in Madrid. They purchased English's Drug Store in 1965 to expand the store building for a small appliance and special gifts department. Florinne utilized her artistic talents for designing window displays and merchandise arrangements for the store. In 1976, they sold the hardware store and Vaughn retired. They were married 59 1/2 years at the time of Vaughn's death in 1989.
Florinne, a graduate of Drake University, also had a 38-year teaching career. Initially, she took Normal Training classes and taught in the rural schools of Prairie, Northern Lights of Polk County, and Livingston-Story County. She also taught in the public school systems of Huxley Consolidated School and Ballard Community School in Slater and taught for 29 years in Madrid Community Schools, instructing elementary students. Creative classroom activities for the students such as correspondence and conference calls with famous children's book authors and establishing pen pals for the children with foreign children learning English in several different countries, and many other classroom activities, lead Florinne to be named one of the National Outstanding Leaders in Elementary and Secondary Education in 1976. Mrs. Lucas retired from teaching in 1977.
Florinne and Vaughn were parents of three children, Donald Vaughn, who passed away in 1941, Lynnette Ann Lindhoff, who passed away in 2002, and Debra Friedrichsen Henry, who resides in Tucson, Arizona.
Florinne and Vaughn enjoyed traveling in their retirement and visited 12 European countries, Africa, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Hawaii. They were Grand Marshals of the Madrid Labor Day Celebration in 1979. They yearly wintered in Arizona from 1977, and Florinne continued that tradition after Vaughn's death, until her health required a permanent move there.
Florinne was an active member of the Madrid community. She was a member of the Retired Teacher's Association, 50-year member of Chapter ID PEO, 50-year member of the Eastern Star, Charter member of the Swede Point Questers, Charter member of the Gamma Rho Club, member of the First Christian Church of Madrid since 1925, where she taught Sunday School for 20 years, and a current member of St. Paul's United Church of Madrid, where she was a member of the Women's Circle and served on several committees. The Madrid Garden Club also honored Florinne, an avid flower gardener her entire life, by having the Yard of the Month in June 1999, at the age of 88 years.
Florinne was preceded in death by her husband Vaughn, infant son Donald Vaughn, adult daughter Lynnette (Lynn) Lindhoff of Johnston, sister Anna Harshbarger Smith of Ankeny, sister Wilma Harshbarger Axmear of Woodward and Ankeny, and son-in-law, James Friedrichsen of Woodward and Perry.
She is survived by daughter Debra Friedrichsen Henry and son-in-law Rev. Patrick Henry of Tucson, Arizona, son-in-law Steven Lindhoff of Madrid, sister Bonita Harshbarger Harmon of Ankeny, brother Guy C. Harshbarger, Jr. of Boone, grandsons Mark Lindhoff of LeClaire, IA and Todd Lindhoff of Hays, KS, granddaughters Jenise Friedrichsen Tucker of Oswego, IL, Dana Friedrichsen Moxley of Mansfield, IL, and Diane Lindhoff of Moline, IL, and 9 great-grandchildren.
Sundberg-Kirkpatrick Funeral Home, 202 S. Market, in Madrid will be the site of visitation from 2-8 pm, with family receiving visitors from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, January 21, 2004. Funeral Services will be held at St. Paul's United Church, 2nd and Cedar, in Madrid on Thursday, January 22, 2003 at 10:30 AM with interment at Fairview Cemetery in Madrid.




Sundberg - Kirkpatrick
202 S. Market Street
Madrid, IA US 50156
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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St. Paul's United Church of Christ
Madrid, IA US
Thursday, January 22, 2004
10:30 AM
Fairview Cemetery
Rural Madrid, IA US
Thursday, January 22, 2004