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Angelita Hautea Lucero, M.D. age 77, a long-time resident of Milledgeville, passed away February 16, 2017. Funeral Mass will be said at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Young officiating. Burial will follow at Baldwin Memorial Gardens.
Dr. Lucero was born June 20, 1939 in Legaspi City, Albay in the Bicol region of the Philippines. She attended the San Carlos University, Philippines for high school and premedical training. Dr. Lucero completed her medical degree, residency, and upon graduation, continued to work as a professor at the Cebu Institute of Medicine, Philippines. In addition, she practiced Internal Medicine at the Cebu City Hospital for 15 years.
After immigrating to the United States in 1967, Dr. Lucero completed the Psychiatry Residency program at the University of Michigan. Shortly thereafter, her and her family relocated to Milledgeville, Georgia, where she dedicated her life's work to the treatment of children in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. In 2004, she retired her position with the Central State Hospital, but continued to treat patients through the Dublin Mental Health Center for the following 10 years. At the time of her passing, Dr. Lucero was still helping others while working at the River Edge Behavioral Health Center, where she had worked for the past three years.
Dr. Angelita Lucero lived a life by which her humanity and love for others was exemplified each day. While there is no way to quantify the number of lives she has touched as a doctor, a friend, or a family member, those who were blessed to have known her for even a moment recognized the beauty of her spirit, a spirit of sincerity and of giving. Whether you will remember her as Dr. Lucero, Angie, Grandma, or Mom, you will never forget how wonderful it felt to be in her presence. You will never forget her stoic resolve, which made each of us strive for her approval, or her smile, which made our worlds so much brighter. Though many may never come to know a true saint in their lifetime, those fortunate few of us who were blessed enough to share in part of her life have come to realize that we were in the presence of an Angel, and each day we will miss the graciousness of our own Saint Angelita.
Survivors include her husband Manuel Paulin Lucero, M.D., three children, Michael Hautea Lucero and wife Maricar Nikki Lucero, Brian Hautea Lucero and wife Victoria Marilyn Lucero, and Michelle Lucero Jackson, M.D. and husband Hayward Arthur Jackson, eight grandchildren, Alyssa Christina Lucero, Brianna Elizabeth Lucero, Joshua Michael Lucero, Laela Nicole Lucero, Hayward Oliver Jackson, Olivia Michelle Jackson, Maxwell Owen Jackson, and Mia Angelita Jackson, three brothers, Edilberto Hautea, Manuel Hautea, and Pablo Hautea Jr., and two sisters, Helen Ascuncion, and Milagros Hautea Deang.
Wake services will be held on Friday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m. at Moores Funeral Home, 301 S. Wayne St., Milledgeville, GA 31061.
In lieu of flowers, Michelle Lucero Jackson, M.D. will be accepting memorial contributions, which will be used to repay the overwhelming generosity of the friends and family members in the Philippines, who aided so selflessly with Angelita's care during her final days. A memorial donation will also be given in memory of Angelita Hautea Lucero, M.D. to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Moores Funeral Home & Crematory has charge of arrangements.
Published on February 22, 2017
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