Arlene Merrill Lucas, 57, of Concord, NC passed away on September 9, 2021.
Arlene was born in Asheville, NC on March 13, 1964 to Ronnie and Joan Merrill.
She is survived by her husband Richard Lucas, daughter Jennifer Lucas, sweet doggy Ruger, her parents Ronnie and Joan, sister and family Kim, Wesley, Aubrey and Brittany, and brother and family Keith, Christy, Kayla, Kieth, Elizabeth and Seth.
She was so strong, kind, honest, brave and caring. Arlene was full of love and so reliable. She was also a very hard worker. She had a strong faith in God, even when times got rough. She would always know how to make you laugh and made sure you had everything you needed. She would try to make life fun especially for the holidays. Her cooking was amazing! Arlene was supportive and gave the best encouragement when you had doubt. Known for being an animal lover, she had her beloved dog named Rascal and now Rugar.
Arlene graduated from high school with high honors and since then became an overachiever. She started off in the workforce by working at a grocery story and a steak house. From there she went and took classes at AB Tech Community College to be in training to be an EMT. Her strong will pushed her forward to go work in a factory and then into the school system. She worked at WD Williams Elementary School as a cafeteria worker. She loved the children that she got to see everyday. She worked there for thirteen years till her health began to be an issue. She did all of her jobs to the best of her abilities and she would always outshine them. She was a big volunteer in her community by being a girl scout troop leader (Troop 279), involved in the auxiliary at the local fire department and she organized local benefits.
Arlene received a kidney transplant on April 6, 2017. From there she did everything that she could to protect her kidney. She also gained a kidney sister from it because the kidneys came from the same donor. She would call the day she got the transplant her new birthday.
She was very loved by many and will be truly missed! There is not a day that won't go by that will always remind us of her.