It’s never easy saying goodbye to a loved one

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Funerals are never easy but they’re even harder when they’re for loved ones. Kristal Lucas was well known for her good attitude and smile on her face. Whether she was delivering food at Sonic, or waking up at 0 dark thirty at the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team Hangar to serve the team their breakfast, she did so with a bright disposition and a cheery smile.

If there is anything good that can come out of someone’s passing, it’s seeing how much that person was loved by all of the memories and photos shared by so many of that person’s friends and loved ones. Story after story popped up in my Facebook news feed honoring Kristal. There were three main themes throughout all the posts: Sonic, performing, and the WWII ADT.

I’ve talked before about how important customer service is in any service industry, and Kristal always exuded a cheerful disposition even when customers were complaining. She loved her job at Sonic and her co-workers and customers loved her in return.

The amount of love for Kristal is so big, her celebration of life had to be held at the Ramona Theatre to accommodate the number of people from across the world who flew in to celebrate her. It was also fitting to celebrate her life in a place she loved so dearly. Kristal was a performer at heart and rarely, if ever, turned down a chance to perform. One of her favorite places to perform was the Ramona Theatre. Whether it was a play or a vocal show, she gave it her best and she was always a crowd favorite no matter what she was doing on stage. Kristal could often be found performing at the various festivals held in Frederick, from the Arts festival to the Cotton festival. If there was a stage, she was usually on it.

Kristal’s other love was the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team.

I knew Kristal through her job at Sonic before we became friends through the WWII ADT. I’m terrible at looking put together and Kristal would always stop and fix my uniform for me no matter how busy she was.

The ADT is more than a team. They’re a family, and I am so thankful they adopted me.

Kristal was a member of that family for years, helping out wherever needed as part of their ground crew, while she waited for her son to become old enough to go through the jump school. Kristal earned her jump wings in 2019, which she told me was one of her greatest and proudest accomplishments. Team members from across the country filled the Ramona as her life was celebrated on Feb. 18.

My prayers are continually with her children. I can’t imagine how they’re coping with the pain of losing a parent. The closest I’ve come to that is watching my husband go through it when he lost his dad, who died Feb. 15, 2017. I pray that Jesus comforts them in their grief.

Her family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team. You can do that by visiting wwiiadt.org or by mailing a check made out to WWII ADT and sent to:

Henry Viswat

1119 Beechwood Ave.,

Middlesex, NJ 08846.

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