August 2, 2009 - Luella Eloise Mickley

Luella Eloise Mickley (1922-2007) was the kind of dedicated church worker – like many other unsung heroines throughout history – who worked long hours for the Church and the mission of Jesus Christ, with only occasional recognition for her unwavering service.

Luella’s point of reference for her walk with Christ was primarily at Golgotha Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, Illinois.  It was at Golgotha that Luella was baptized and confirmed, and where she also attended Lutheran grade school. 

For seven years - before deciding that she wanted to work as a full-time deaconess, Luella served Peace Lutheran Church, Chicago, as a Kindergarten teacher and church secretary.   In March 1959, Luella was consecrated as a deaconess in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) and she was overjoyed to be placed in her first call back in her home congregation at Golgotha.  In 1961, Luella also started a Kindergarten at Golgotha Lutheran School, where she subsequently taught Kindergarten or pre-Kindergarten classes for over twenty-five years. Her students loved their cheerful and caring teacher, and many were delighted to see their own children go into her classroom over the years. At the same time, Luella visited individuals at nursing homes on behalf of the Northern Illinois District’s Project Compassion program. 

Luella spent many summers working at Arcadia Lutheran Camp in Michigan and instigated the founding of “Koinonia”, a youth group for young adults. In the parish, she taught junior confirmation classes, instructed the Sunday School teachers, and was in charge of the Walther League.  Though soft-spoken and somewhat shy, Luella played an important role as one of the nine founding members of Concordia Deaconess Conference – Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, serving as the conference’s first Treasurer from 1980 to 1986.  During that time, she graciously hosted many executive committee meetings in her home.

Luella’s friends knew her to be an avid bowler and bicycler; but whatever activities she participated in, she always took the needs of children and young adults into consideration.  Those who knew Luella thank God for her enthusiastic love of children, for her attitude of service, and for her example of faithfulness to God, His Word, and her work in the church.