BLOOMINGTON — Angela Maria Lusk, 64, of Bloomington, died Wednesday (May 3, 2017) in Bloomington, after a valiant four-year battle with breast cancer.
She was born Jan. 15, 1953, in St. David’s Village (Christ Church Parish), in Barbados. She was the daughter of Velta Euleen Smith, currently of Collerton (St. John’s Parish), Barbados, and the late Frank Earle Clarke of Christ Church, Barbados. She was best friends for over 40 years with Margaret “Peggy” James of Shreveport, La., (with whom she attended nursing school), and was especially close to her cousin, Beverly Fergus-Ferrell of Georgetown, Guyana.
Angela married Don Gilbert Lusk on Jan. 2, 1993, in Burlingame, Calif.
She attended primary school in St. David’s Village Barbados until 1963. After moving to England, she matriculated at Crewe County Grammar School for girls from 1963 until her graduation in July 1970. She applied to and was accepted at the elite Florence Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, England, in 1971, where she received her registered nurse designation in 1974. She later trained at Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion, where she obtained the health visiting certificate (1980); and Birmingham Maternity Hospital, where she received the advanced diploma of midwifery (1988). She worked in many hospitals throughout the United Kingdom, Barbados and the United States, having most recently served as labor and delivery nurse at Mills-Peninsula Hospital, San Mateo, Calif., before becoming the practice nurse for Dr. Barry Slotky in Bloomington.
Angela resided in Crewe, Cheshire; London, Birmingham and Manchester, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Hayward and San Mateo, Calif., before moving to Bloomington in 1993, becoming a U.S. citizen in 2009. Her home was always the beautiful island of Barbados.
An avid reader and learner, Angela was a four-time successful, constant applicant for the game show “Jeopardy.” She was the primary teacher in her family’s home school academy, where her youngest daughter later received excellent scores on her college placement examinations. She enjoyed reading, which was evident by her collection of books in her homes in Bloomington and Barbados. Additionally, she served on many boards throughout the Central Illinois area including Hearts at Home, the Central Illinois Youth Symphony, and was treasurer of the BACHS home school choir that she co-founded in 1998 with her husband. Angela also participated in many Bible study groups throughout the area, and could always be counted on to give a “what does the Bible have to say about it” perspective.
Angela is survived by her husband, Don, Bloomington; her daughters, Shannon Lynece Lusk, Bloomington, and Summer Victoria Lusk, Denver, Colo.; her mother, Velta Euleen Smith, St. John’s Parish, Barbados; siblings, Hallam, Ronald, Cheryl and Janice Clarke, all of Barbados; Clairva and Derek Clarke, London, England; Michael Clarke, Miami, Fla.; and Sharon Clarke-Mosgrove, Chesapeake Bay, Va.; two aunts that she dearly loved, Jean Shepherd Callender, Grazettes, Barbados, and Marguerite Shepherd (O’Brien) Murray, St. Philip, Barbados; one uncle, Julian Smith, St. David’s Village, Barbados; cousins, Beverley Fergus-Ferrell, Georgetown, Guyana; Cheryl and Stephen Fergus-Ferrell, London, England; Merton Smith Jr. and Garry Smith, London, England; John, Kathy-Anne, Juliet and Roy Clarke; Cheryl Corbin and Andrew Callender, Barbados; Karen Murray (Paul) Douglas, Downingtown, Pa.; Gillian Best, Douglas and Robert Murray, Barbados; Barbara, Peter, Wendell and Marian Alleyne, London, England; and McDonald Selman, Toronto, Canada.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at The Chapel of Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, The Ridge, Christ Church, Barbados. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. May 18 at Christ Church, 1301 N. Linden St., Normal, with Dr. Robert D. Smart officiating.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Angela to BACHS Home School Choir (tax ID: 35-2541686), P.O. Box 784, Bloomington, IL 61702-0784, or Christ Church, PCA, 1301 N. Linden St., Normal, IL 61761. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is handling arrangements.
The family extends its sincere thanks and gratitude to Community Cancer Center staff and nurses; Dr. Hwan Jeong and Dr. Shermian Woodhouse; Northwestern Memorial/Prentice Women’s Hospital of Chicago; Dr. Olga Frankfurt; Dr. Shira Dinner; Dr. Mathias Hofer; Dr. Lisa Flaum and Dr. Jennifer Choi; OSF Home Care Nurse Betsy Rudin; and of late, BroMenn Hospices Services.
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