Obituary: Virginia Mae Lucas Filer

Ms. Filer, 89, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

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Virginia Mae (Lucas) Filer was born May 1, 1927, in Erie, Pennsylvania. She passed, peacefully, on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at Health Central Park in Winter Garden, Florida, after an extended illness. Virginia was 89.

    Virginia had a caring heart, loved to attend parties and, if there was a baby on the way, she had a hand-made blanket; if there was a wedding on the horizon, she had a gift; and she made a point to acknowledge holidays and, especially, family birthdays and anniversaries. Once she was your friend, she was loyal to you for life.

    Virginia loved to cook and bake, and a party wasn’t complete without a cheese and relish tray. Recently, her favorite pastimes that brought her joy were crafting, ice cream socials and trivia games presented by the Recreational Therapy Department at Health Central Park.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; two brothers; a sister ;and her son-in-law, Joseph Hembrooke.

    She is survived by her daughter, Chesta Hembrooke of Ocoee; sister, Pauline (Clifford D.) Hale of Bonita Springs; and many other family members and friends.

    A memorial reception will take place at Quest Church (formerly St. Pauls Presbyterian) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Building 100.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Health Central Park’s Recreational Therapy Department. Checks should be made to HCP Rec. Therapy, 411 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden, FL 34787-2816.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Baldwin-Fairchild Winter Garden. Condolences may be offered at


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