Gertrude Lucas Churchman
- Published: April 3, 2008
Gertrude Lucas Coleman Churchman, former Yellow Springs resident, died Wednesday, March 20. The youngest of five children, Gertrude was born in Meridian, Miss., to Daniel Lucas and Minnie Lucas Bookman, of Chicago, Ill. She joined St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church at a very early age. Upon moving to Wilberforce, Gertrude joined Holy Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church where she was a faithful member and served on the trustee board and member of the missionary society and the church choir.
Gertrude attended Spelman College and graduated from Henderson Business College. She later received a bachelors in business education from Central State University and a masters in business education from the Ohio State University. She began her career in Meridian as a secretary in the Berry and Gardner Funeral Home and later worked in the bursar’s office at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.
She moved to Wilberforce in 1956 to work in the bursar’s offices at Central State University. After moving to Columbus with her husband, Clinton, she taught business courses at Whetstone High School. Upon returning to this area she retired after teaching business operations for 16 years at Greene County Career Center.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel Lucas of Los Angeles, Calif., and Frank Lucas; two sisters, Minnie Lucas Anderson of Detroit, Mich., and Myrtle Wallace; and by her husband, Clinton Earl Churchman, Ph.D.
She is survived by her daughters, Zoe Coleman Simpson of Memphis, Tenn., and Wanda Coleman Dean (Arthur) of Warrensville Heights, Ohio; four grandchildren, Andrea and Angie Hubbard of Cleveland, Angelo (Cybil) Hubbard of Atlanta, Ga., and Arnetta Dean of Warrensville Heights; three great grandchildren; five nieces, three nephews, many devoted friends and special friend Leonard Nelson.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 5, noon, at Holy Trinity Church, Wilberforce Clifton Road, Wilberforce, Ohio. Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. and the Wilberforce Chapter of Links, Inc. ceremonies will be 11–11:30 a.m.