Mildred Ruth Lucas Geller, died Nov. 30, 2007 at Sharps Memorial Hospital in Chula Vista, Calif., where she was being treated for cancer.
A memorial service will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Shady Cove at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. A reception will follow in the parish hall. The graveside ceremony will be at the Lucas Family Cemetery at Sandpines Drive and Arrowhead Trail in Eagle Point.
Mrs. Geller attended St. Mary’s grade school and St. Mary’s High School her freshman and sophomore years, transfering to Eagle Point High School for her junior and senior years, where she graduated in 1966.
She attended Southern Oregon College (SOU) where she earned a B.S.
degree in education. Her first teaching position was at Sacred Heart
Elementary. Later she took time off to start a family and became a
substitute teacher for the Medford School District.
years later she moved to Kirby where she taught students with learning
disabilities in the Cave Junction district. She went on to earn a
masters in special education from the University of Oregon. Her
teaching career took her to Roseburg, So. Umpqua, Hillsboro, Port
Orford and finally to Avondale, Ariz. She was a very strong advocate
for children with learning disabilities.
When she was not
busy with summer school, she worked with her church, helping the
under-privileged. During the summer of 2004, she traveled to Honduras
where she helped build shelters and water systems for the poor.
Geller raised two sons, Ryan and Drew. Ryan resides in San Francisco
where he is an electrician. Drew graduated from S.O.U. and is working
on his medical internship in Pennsylvania.
Being the middle
child in a family of 13 children, she had a unique way of looking at
situations and an intense desire to help the handicapped. She is
survived by 12 brothers and sisters: Joseph Lucas, Anne Haynes, George
Lucas, Fred Lucas, Mary Hogue, John Lucas, Theresa Jantzer, Christopher
Lucas, Thomas Lucas, Catherine Tanner, Peter Lucas and Charles Lucas.
Donations may be made in Mrs. Geller’s name to the American Cancer Society.