In a special evening among family and friends, Lucia Spikes was awarded with the Woman of the Year 2011, Lifetime Achievement recognition from the Douglas Chamber of Commerce.
Francisco Barrios/Douglas Dispatch Lucia Spikes receiving the Woman of the Year award in hands of Douglas Mayor Dr. Michael Gomez, Beth Phagen, and Windy Gomez. Spikes was honored with the award for being a generous person and showing many acts of kindness for many in the Douglas community.
At the moment Spikes received the award she said “It is with deep humility and gratitude that I accept this honor which you bestow on me. I am most grateful for the opportunity to have served my community over the years; a community who calls me to be the very best I can be for others. In this journey of life, I have experienced that fulfillment comes from sharing the gifts received from God through others. That is why I believe that this award belongs, not only to me, but to everyone who has taught, encouraged, supported and worked alongside of me to better our community. Thank you! May God continue to bless all of us as we continue to make a difference and strive to create a better world.”
Lucia Spikes was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona, attended Lestonic pre-school and graduated from Loretto in the ninth grade. In 1956, Lucia graduated from DHS and continued with her studies, graduating from the Hotel Du School of Nursing in June of 1959 in El Paso, Texas.
In 1959 Lucia started her nursing career as a staff nurse working for Cochise County Hospital. In the late 1970’s Lucia became the Director of Nursing at Southeast Arizona Medical Center where she retired in 1985. Lucia has always been a strong supporter of the nursing profession and an advocate for the nursing community.
Lucia is proud to be the Founder of the Patrons of Hope, through the Patrons of Hope they were able to build and sustain the House of Hope. In the past 8 years Lucia has worked in the kitchen at St. Vincent De Paul providing meals of the hungry.
Lucia belongs to organizations such as the Special Action Group of the University of Arizona, Turning Point, a member of the Catholic Christian Community and the Douglas Area Community Fund. Lucia received the Lady of the Year award from Betta Sigma Phi Society in 2006. She was appointed to the local Advisory Board of County of the Arizona Department of Economic Security in 2001.