PASO ROBLES — Donna Simmons Lucas of Paso Robles died on Sept. 14, 2012, just two days after her 90th birthday.
Donna was born in 1922 in Ontario and, after the death of her mother when she was 2, was raised by her grandmother and aunt. She loved to play baseball and there were many times when she wasn’t home from school on time and her grandmother had to go searching for her only to find her engaged in an impromptu game some kids had organized after school.
She married her first husband, James Simmons, when she was 18 years old. Together they had three children, Sharon Simmons, Donald Simmons and Melinda Simmons.
They owned a pavement cutting company located in Paramount, where Donna ran the office. They also became avid golfers and had a membership at the Los Coyotes Country Club in Buena Vista.
After they retired, they relocated to Paso Robles. James “Jim” died in 1981 and Donna lived on her own in Paso Robles and worked at the Style Center, a women’s clothing boutique, in downtown Paso Robles.
In 1989 she met and was shortly thereafter married to Lt. Col. Richard Lucas (ret) and relocated to Sedona, Ariz. She and Richard traveled extensively. After a lifetime with a fear of flying she truly enjoyed flying in his personal biplane, as well as flying commercially all over the United States.
Donna is survived by her husband, Richard Lucas; Richard’s daughter, Linda Shosted, three children, Sharon Simmons, Donald Simmons and his wife, Jacquie, and Melinda Simmons; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchilden; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be held in Paso Robles.
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