Rose Marie Moloney Lucas
Saturday 22nd of July 1939 - Thursday 28th of March 2019
Rose Marie Moloney Lucas, age 79, died on March 28, 2019 under the watchful eyes of family and in the gentle care of nurses at Central Baptist Hospital.
She was the wife of Jack Griffith Lucas, Sr. and mother to Jack G. Lucas, Jr. (Debra), Elizabeth Lucas (Kevin Baldwin), Patrick Lee Lucas, Michael Lucas (Mary), and Rose Ann Lucas Downs (Vincent). She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Jack Lucas, and her son-in-law, Vincent Downs. In addition to her children and their partners, she is survived by her brother, Michael R. Moloney (Janette), grandchildren Alyssa Lucas, Ashley Lucas, Alex Lucas, Lucas Downs, Abby Downs, Maggie Downs, Sophia Downs, Aidan Lucas, Addison Lucas, as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins in Kentucky and beyond.
Rose was born on July 22, 1939 to Mildred Veronica Rabe Moloney and Richard Patrick Moloney. She attended St. Catherine Academy, Lexington Catholic High School, and Transylvania University, where she met Jack. She and Jack lived in Oxford, Ohio from 1969 to 1983, involving herself in service to Phi Mu Fraternity and the League of Women Voters, as well as successful election to Oxford City Council and, eventually, serving as Mayor of that community.
Upon their return to Lexington, Rose founded College and School Planning Services, where she positively impacted the lives of more than 2,500 students in an over thirty-year career, including time as the head guidance counselor at Sayre School. She served as Executive Director of the Downtown Lexington Corporation, sparking the revitalization of downtown under her tutelage. She was President and Executive Director of the Northside Neighborhood Association, a member of the Lexington-Fayette Planning Commission, the Professional Women’s Forum, the YMCA (High Street), the American Red Cross, and the Diocese of Lexington Building Commission. She helped lead the Lexington Farmer’s Market to its courthouse location. She attended the Newman Center where she lectored and headed the liturgy committee. She also was President of the Newman Foundation.
Visitation will be at Milward-Broadway, located at 159 N. Broadway, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 31. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 1, Newman Center, 320 Rose Lane, concelebrating: Fr. Walt Bado, Fr. Dan Noll, Fr. Steve Roberts.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gary Anderson, Kevin Baldwin, Tommy Kay, Ted Lucas, Walter May, Richard Moloney, Whit Moloney, and Caywood Prewitt.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Bluegrass Care Navigators, 2409 Members Way, Lexington, KY 40504 or Transylvania University, Development Office, 300 North Broadway. Lexington, KY 40508.
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I never got the chance to make Rose's acquaintance. But, in the relatively short time I've known Patrick, I've enjoyed every story, memory, and quip he's attributed to her. My most sincere condolences to all of her family and friends. . . -Jill
May memories of happy times be of comfort to you all at this sad time. We thank Rose for her efforts to better Lexington and her kindness to all. Love and prayers , Paula and Mike.
For over 30 years, I have seen Rose’s extraordinary love for her family and her community. I am honored to have been invited into her family circle to enjoy wonderful food and fellowship. I pray that her love and lessons will sustain her family through their grief.
I want to extend condolences to the family of Mrs. Rose Lucas. She was truly an amazing women who undoubtedly left her mark on lexington and its citizens. We as a community are better from her service. And she will forever be remembered for how she continually opened her heart and home to neighbors.
Scott and Danasays
Sending condolences from the Stephens-Warburton family to all of Rose’s family and friends. She was a great neighbor, leader and advocate for our city. With deepest sympathy, Scott and Dana
Jim and Pam Robinsonsays
Dear members of the Lucas Family, We were deeply saddened to read about Rose’s death. She was an amazing woman. What she accomplished in her lifetime of good, was remarkable. She was hard working, dedicated, committed and when Rose undertook a project one knew it would be accomplished with110% effort. It was a privilege and an honor to have known her and call her a friend. We cherish all that she did for the Oxford community, and fondly remember all the wonderful times we met Jack and Rose at Keenland. Our thoughts and our prayers are with each of you. She had much to be proud of in her lifetime of accomplishments, but nothing made her more proud than all of you. With deepest sympathy, Pam and Jim Robinson