ANNFRANCES LUCAS GARNER was born April 6, 1947 in the South Bronx New York City and left us peacefully in her home in Hampstead NC. AnnFrances joined her mother and father Burlon and Mary Lucas, her bother Kenny, son Mark and second husband Stephen Elko in eternal peace on July 24, 2022. AnnFrances leaves behind her husband Simeon Garner of NC, her daughter Ann Frances Meier & Allison Minter, her bothers James & Caren Lucas, Gerald & Nancy Lucas of Long Island NY and Brian & Marta Lucas of NC as well as 13 nieces and 1 nephew and Stepson David Elko, FL.
AnnFrances was born in the South Bronx and went to St. Helen’s Business High School. She moved to New Jersey where she raised her two children Ann and Mark Meier. AnnFrances had many accomplishments in her life, she was employed with Drakes Bakeries in Wayne NJ and went on to become a Commercial Insurance Underwriter for Aegis Ryan Insurance. She later went on to live in Columbus, GA and owned and operated the Restaurant Mary’s NY Café with her second husband Stephan Elko. Later moving to Fayetteville, NC and meeting Simeon Garner and once more becoming a wife and grandmother to Haley Garner.
AnnFrances spent her retirement years in Hampstead North Carolina enjoying her gardening and the beautiful wildlife in her yard. When not there you could find her in her kitchen cooking for those she loved. She often spoke of her fondest memories as a child and young girl with family in Morris Alabama. Stating that Morris was her happiest place; surrounded by the love of her numerous cousins and family.
She wanted to thank the incredible women that she had as life long friends; Laven Zisko, San Diego Ca, Connie Williams, Fortson Ga, Bonnie Gerladis Butler NJ, Rosemary Hrinko, SC, Maryann Webber, West Milford NJ, Francis & Dan Cannon, Morris AL, Joan O’Mally Nyack, NY and Maureen McCarthy, NY. To Michael & Richard Webber remember Big “A” is watching!
AnnFrances will be remembered for her joyous laugh and her smiling Irish blue eyes. She brought joy and love into the lives she touched and reminded her daughter saying “Every life you touch, you leave a fingerprint. Make them smile when they think of you, because I DO!” So please smile as we remember the “fingerprints” that AnnFrances left in our lives and honor the life that was well loved and lived of AnnFrances Lucas Garner.
In lieu of flowers, to honor the memory of AnnFrances a donation to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington NC 28401 or to a non-kill animal shelter is appreciated.
At AnnFrances’ request, there will not be any services.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099.