The Animal Refuge Center lost its earliest Champion for animal welfare and animal rights on December 8, 2019. Post memories and well-wishes for her indomitable spirit in the comments below.
Lucia A. Beeler
Lucia, age 78, left this world on 12/08/19 to join all the beloved animals with whom she had shared her journey. Lucia was never too busy to stop and help not only cats, dogs, and horses, but also snakes, spiders, birds, turtles, etc.
Lucia rolled up her sleeves on a regular basis, donating 19 gallons of blood, saving 456 lives in the process. She was also on the International bone marrow donor list, a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, and a willing juror whenever summoned. Lucia was a volunteer CPR and First Aid Instructor and a board member of the American Red Cross. For five years, Lucia served as the Cruelty Investigator for the Bluegrass Humane Society, and she was one of the founders of the Animal Refuge Center in Vine Grove.
Lucia loved to travel, most often by herself, and her photography received a number of awards and appeared in many calendars. She was an avid storyteller and loved to laugh at herself.
Lucia was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement, Anti-War, Women’s Rights, Animal Rights, and Gay Rights movements. A sixty-year writer of letters to the Editor: Her letters appeared in thirty newspapers around the country.
To all her fellow activists, Lucia left this thought: Every moment counts; we are changing this world one act of kindness at a time; stay strong — the angels are always with you.
So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind, while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.” –Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Wanting her final act to be one to help others, Lucia donated her body to science.
I think of death as some delightful journey that I shall take when all my tasks are done.” –Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Expressions of sympathy can be sent to:
Animal Refuge Center, PO Box 400, Vine Grove, KY 40175 or
Buried Treasure, 326 W. Dixie, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
If you have other loved ones you would like memorialized, please visit our Memorials page to reflect. Your expression of love will be acknowledged in our Voices From the ARC Newsletter. We also accept expressions of pride and love in our In Honor Of donations, for so many people in our community have been recognized and acknowledged by their loved ones as well with a donation to the Animal Refuge Center in honor of their accomplishments and selfless dedication.
Won’t you consider paying forward in honor of someone you love? Love is a gift that just keeps on giving…on and on and on.