Barbara Lucas Wacaster died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at the age of 80. Born in Illinois, Barbara Wacaster grew up the daughter of Elsie Habich Lucas and Ernest Lucas in Vallejo, Calif.

She was one of three children and known as a talented majorette throughout the area and also taught baton to many budding majorettes. After earning a degree in Business Administration, she married Grady Lee Wacaster of Marion, while he was stationed in Hawaii. In 1969, she moved with her family to Marion to begin her life there as a devoted wife of 42 years. Grady preceded her in death in 2003.

In Marion, Barbara worked with Headstart, worked as a substitute teacher, and then was hired as the principal's secretary for Mr. Ted Freeman at Marion High School. She moved to McDowell High School when it opened and remained there as the chief financial officer until her retirement in 1997. Barbara also enjoyed teaching baton in Marion for many years. She always had energy for any adventure with her family and exhibited that with trips to the American and British Virgin Islands, Hungary, and the Greek Islands. She loved African violets, geraniums, roses, and the warmth of the day.

Many will remember Barbara working the gates at every basketball game, and every football game at McDowell High School. She was selfless, honest, and above all loyal to those she befriended, the projects she undertook and her work colleagues at the High School.

We lost Barbara late in the evening of Thursday, Jan. 18. She went peacefully surrounded by her family: daughter, Carole Wacaster Borden; son-in-law, John G. Borden; and granddaughter, Alexandria Borden of Charleston, S.C.; and her grandson, John L. Borden of New York.

She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Bonnie Wacaster Hamm and Brenda Wacaster Blair (Troy Blair) of Marion, and Christine Wacaster Pittman (Jack Pittman) of Placerville, Calif.

In addition, she is survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Barbara's life will be celebrated in a Memorial Service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Marion, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church at and the Corpening Memorial YMCA of Western North Carolina at

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