7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60649


Fax: 773.721.9106

Dr. Essie M. Lucas

Born Into Time: September 16, 1938
Born Into Eternity: September 25, 2017



“Just a poor girl from Mississippi, trying to make it….”

~ Dr. Essie M. Lucas

My name is Dr. Essie M. Lucas, welcome to my Homecoming Celebration. I have been blessed to have lived 79 wonderful years. I smile at those of you who thought I was much younger, because I certainly was not going to volunteer that information. Know that I really appreciate all of you making such a fuss over me today, but I was more than ready to clutch my Rosary and meet my Maker. Many of you will recall my tenacity for order and preparation, so I’m sure it is no surprise to you that I wanted considerable involvement in the writing of what many of you call an obituary ̶ I visualize as a biographical summation. Please allow me the latitude to elaborate…

I was born Essie Marie Woods on September 16, 1938, in Greenwood, Mississippi to the union of Mae Virginia and Eddie Lee Woods. The youngest of seven children, my siblings Jessie, William, Charles, George, John Lee “Boone”, and Mildred preceded me in death. To the joyful union of my late husband Andrew Lucas a beautiful daughter Paula Deon, was born.

I came from humble beginnings - we were “Po”. Over the years and with hard work and determination, a true appreciation for education and devotion to the Lord was realized. I can truly say that I have lived ‘the good life”, not because of what I acquired, but because of the many lives that I touched and inspired. To many I’ve been deemed a woman of high integrity, wisdom, motivation and of course… style! I can say I truly enjoyed the feel of fabulous furs, manicured nails, diamonds and a myriad of St. John’s that embraced my proud brown skin. My “BFF” and I closed many stores while we shopped ‘till we dropped. But these are all material things, so there has been no hesitation in taking leave of them. To others you’ve witnessed my book sense, common sense and, my unique flair for putting folks in their place…with respect, of course.

  • Education: Roosevelt University BA, Biology. Masters from Northeastern Illinois, Education and Governor State, Environmental Studies. PhD from Loyola University, Administration and Supervision. A devoted 32 year educator, I retired as Principal of Tilden High School. Yet, I continued my work as an Educational Consultant.
  • Entrepreneur:   Brown & Lucas Realty Management in partnership with Paula, & Gorman and Marth Brown
  • Community Activist: Headmasters Association, Chicago Urban League Women’s Board, Alpha Gamma Pi Sorority, Board Member of Piney Woods School and the Ezzard Charles Montessori School. Please note my special 25 year plus passion and love for the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. I served as Past President, 2nd Vice President, membership, Program Committee, Nominating Committee.
  • World Traveler: South Africa, Trinidad, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, Australia, Spain, Greece, Italy just to name a few international roads. In addition, every state in the U.S.
  • Avid Reader, Writer, Lover of Music, Art and Prose: A surveyor and collector of African American and Asian Art and Artifacts. Please note I acquired a taste for not only the blues, calypso, opera and symphony and Neil Diamond too!

To you, Paula. I wish you love eternal – continue to follow your passions and making me so very proud of you. To my wonderful and very talented son-in-law, Tony Wesley, keep Paula happy and you will stay in my graces. Seriously, any mother would love to have a son-in-law like you. To my loving adopted daughter, Cassie – thank you for your resilience and kindness and for being a true friend for Paula. To a few of my special cousins, Louise Carter, Booker Gardner, Willie and Jack L. Gilson I’ll see you at the next heavenly family party.  

To my beloved Sister and friend, Dr. Lona C. Bibbs, I will forever remember our sisterhood and friendship. Yes – we were Hooked-Up for life. For my two special friends Dorothy Williams and Delores Steele and my sweet sister June Graves – I will miss our times together.   To my godson Gorman E. Brown, you came a long way and I am extremely proud of your accomplishments. To godchildren Lona D. “Sugie” and Guy Bibbs, III, because of you, I became known as “Ms. Essie” - thank you, and to Tylar Rae, please complete what God has put in front of you. For my extra special Grand Nieces and Nephew, Tremaine, Fantasia and Aerial stay blessed my sweet children. To Mecca and Shaun keep surprising me with your life direction. To my nieces and nephews Harold and Keith, Cynthia, Anthony and John Vernell, Terrance, Veronique, Cordero and Jacquila and a host of great nieces as well, I encourage you all as I always have, so continue to strive to be the best.

While my role as Matriarch for family gatherings, non-traditional Christmas parties, gumbo parties and cobbler kick-offs has found closure remember, I love you all. We’ve had some wonderful times and adventures our travels have taken us far! Well… I think I’ve got you all on that one, now!

It is with God’s blessing that I leave you, not to be sad but instead joyful as I can assure you, I am in a much better place. 

Love Always, Dr. Essie M. Lucas

Public Viewing:

Sunday, October 01, 2017
1:00PM - 5:00PM
Cage Memorial Chapel
7651 S Jeffery Blvd
Chicago, IL 60649

Service Information:

Monday, October 02, 2017
Visitation / Family Hour:
10:00 AM
Service Time:
11:00 AM
St. Ailbe Catholic Church
9015 S. Harper S. Avenue
Chicago, IL 60619


Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
1400 S. Wolf Rd.
Hillside, IL 60162


#3 Cloteal Roberts 2017-10-02 08:48
I extend my deepest condolences to Essie M. Lucas' family. What a kind and sweet person to know. God has a beautiful soul added to His heavens. I was blessed to know her.
#2 Sharon Foster, NHBW, Inc. Joliet Chapter 2017-09-29 23:54
A beautiful spirit and an inspiration. Thankful to have spent time in her presence. May God's peace enfold her daughter, family and friends in this time of sorrow.
#1 A. Booker 2017-09-28 06:23
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness, comfort your hearts and make you firm.”​—2 Thess . 2:16, 17

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