Malvera Lucas was born on February 22, 1943, to proud parents Cleveland Sr. and Maude Roberts in Hastings, Florida. She was the fifth of 11 children. She was one of the first set of twins born into the family and the second of three girls. Malvera’s twin’s name was Horace. She was the scrawnier of the two, but she was a fighter from day one. Horace passed when they were just a few days old.
Growing up, Malvera became known as Mel to most who knew her.
Mel attended W.E. Harris Elementary and High School in Hastings, graduating in 1959. As a child, she worked seasonally on the farms in Hastings, picking potatoes, cutting cabbages and planting the same. In 1960, Cleveland Sr. and Maude decided to relocate the family to New York. Mel worked as a caregiver until she started to attend Westbury College. Upon completion, she worked at schools in Huntington Station in the special education department. She also attended Destiny Bible College where she received a Bachelor of Religious Arts in Biblical Studies in 2006.
Mel was married to John D. Lucas, who predeceased her. To this union, four children were born. Her oldest daughter Cheryl and her youngest daughter Christine, both predeceased her in death.
In the early 1990s, Mel became the caregiver to her parents Cleveland Sr. and Maude, relocating to Florida after the passing of her father. Both parents predeceased her in death. She was also caretaker for her sister Lois until her passing.
Mel was well loved by all! People especially loved all of her cooking. Her chitterlings, potato salad, sweet potato pies, and peach cobbler were fan favorites. She loved to cook and enjoyed bringing people joy with her food. Mel was a happy and funny person. She loved to travel; especially going on cruises with family and friends. One thing she enjoyed very much was fishing. Wherever she went, she wanted to know if she could go to the “Fish Creek” to fish. She loved the Lord. Malvera gave her life to the Lord early in her life. She enjoyed attending church services, especially going to the Church of God by Faith national conventions.
When she became ill in early 2022, and was hospitalized, it was the decision of her daughter to bring her back to New York to live with her. Mel was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and other family members.
Mel leaves to cherish her memory two children, a host of grandchildren including a few who took special care of her. Many great grand’s and two great great grand’s, one sister, five brothers as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mel will be greatly missed by all.
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