Lydia LUCK

LUCK (Susut) Lydia Lydia Luck (Susut) passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 11, 2009 at Lacombe Continuing Care one week before her 87th birthday. Born in Bruce, Alberta, the daughter of a minister, Lydia lived in several places in her youth, including Ponoka, Almeda, Ellis, Alix and Lacombe. After graduation from the Nelson School in Lacombe in 1941 she attended Normal School in Edmonton. Her long teaching career began in one-room schools including Iowalta and Woody Nook. She completed her B.ED, through 13 years of evening courses at Red Deer College and summer schools and evening courses at the U. of A. Lydia loved her 33 ½ years of teaching, most of it at the Lacombe Junior High School, before retiring in 1983. She was active in the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Teachers Professional Relations Committee, I.O.D.E., Rebekahs, many community groups and served on the Lacombe Town Council. Lydia married Charlie Susut in 1947 and raised a family in Lacombe. They bought a cabin at Gull Lake in 1974 and had many happy times there. After Charlie’s death she married Don Luck, whom she had known as a young person. They enjoyed 12 wonderful winters in Yuma, Arizona where they made many good friends, as well as at Gull Lake where they lived until moving back to Lacombe. Lydia enjoyed people and deeply loved her family and many friends. She had a terrific sense of humour and a quick wit, was full of fun, and was a great story-teller. Lydia was known to "hold court at happy hour" on many occasions. She always had a twinkle in her eye and brought smiles and laughter to many over the years. Lydia was a dedicated, tireless worker throughout her life as well as being creative in handicrafts, particularly petit point. She was generous, kind and caring and leaves us with a host of treasured memories. Lydia will be ever remembered, ever loved and greatly missed. Lydia was predeceased by her parents, Rev. Ernest & Vivien Madsen, her brother Paul, her sister Ruth (Falk), her first husband Charlie in 1981 and second husband Don Luck in 2003. Lydia is survived by her son Terry (Carol) Susut of Red Deer, and her daughter Sandy Susut of Edmonton; Don’s children, Donna (Ron) Kaiser of Edmonton, Sheldon (Ann) Luck of Washington, Gordon (Sharon) Luck of Arizona, Betty Luck of Myrnam, Wayne Luck of Kelowna, Cheri Lockhart of Calgary and David Luck of Edmonton; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many good friends and former students. Special appreciation is extended to Dr. K. Smit, caregiver Teresa Thiem, and those caregivers at Royal Oak and Lacombe Continuing Care who took a special interest in Lydia, thereby easing the last years of her life. A Service to celebrate Lydia’s life will be held on Saturday July 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the United Church at 5226 51 Avenue in Lacombe, followed by a lunch in the C.E. Building. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted for a memorial bench on the grounds of the Lacombe Memorial Centre in honour of Lydia. Cheques payable to the Town of Lacombe may be sent to 5135 50 Street Lacombe, AB. T4L 1J1. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to (subject-Luck Susut) or mailed to the aforementioned address. WILSON'S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of arrangements. 403-782-3366 403-843-3388 "A Caring Family, Caring For Families"

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