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Hilda Lucas was born to Emory and Daisy Ward on January 26, 1952, in Camilla Georgia. Hilda was educated in the Dougherty County school system and would later enroll at Albany State and Fort Valley State Universities. Hilda would go on to work as a legal secretary at Georgia Legal Services in Albany, GA for several years starting in the 70s.
Hilda relocated to Valdosta, GA in the early 1980s, where she continued to raise her family and her work for Georgia Legal Services. Hilda retired from Georgia Legal Service after over 30 years of service. Hilda relocated back to her hometown of Albany, GA in the mid 2000s, where she would continue to live a simple life full of purpose, joy, and service to others. Hilda spent multiple years working at Albany State University in the departments of Continuing Education and Teacher Education. Most recently, Hilda worked as a legal secretary/legal assistant at the C.B. King Law Firm in Albany, GA. Having a self-less attitude and strong work ethic, Hilda started working at the age of 14 right up until her untimely departure.
She is preceded in death by her father, Emory T. Ward; sister Patricia (Nayo ) Ward-Crafton; and brother Emory (Sonny) T. Ward, Jr.
She is survived by her children, Tracy J. Carter (Jacksonville, FL), Diarra K. Carter (Albany, GA), Miranda L. Lucas (Montgomery, AL), and Larry B. Lucas (USAF-United Kingdom); sisters, Karen Daniel (Andrew) and Valerie Ward Sanders (both of Albany, GA); and ex-husband Larry J. Lucas (Valdosta, GA). Hilda also leaves behind four beloved grandchildren, Maliyah Cullers, Anfernee Pace, Ashton Carter, and Emory Mills; as well as a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, sisters and brothers in-law, and many close friends.
Hilda enjoyed candle making, and started her own business “a la nayo”, named after her late sister, several years ago. Hilda enjoyed making her premium handcrafted candles and took great pride and joy in her craft. She hosted candles parties for friends and family and participated in Albany’s Mistletoe Market this past December. Hilda also enjoyed reading, listening to music, and cooking/ entertaining with family and friends. Hilda’s genuine and kind spirit was felt by all. Always putting others ahead of herself, Hilda was a true inspiration in the lives of many. Her wonderful smile and laugh could light up a room. Hilda was loved dearly and will be greatly missed.
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