Mrs. Florence O’Connor Lacey, age 101, passed away Monday December 1st, 2015 after a brief illness.
Mrs. Lacey was born August 2nd, 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Patrick Joseph and Margaret Hughes O’Connor. Florence was a spirited and independent soul who was a devout Catholic, Atlanta Braves fan, had a love for dance, was fluent in American Sign Language and a great affection for her cat. She was a graduate of Lourdes Academy in Cleveland. Florence was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Margaret O’Connor Grenwis.
Florence married Robert A. Huge in 1939, and after his service in WWII they moved to Florida. He died in 1958, at the age of 43, of a massive heart attack. She remained a widow until 1977 when she married C. Edward Lacey. Ed was a widower who had retired from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. They had a wonderful life together, ending up at Winnwood Retirement Community in Marietta, GA. Following Ed’s death in 2001, she moved in with her niece and family in Kennesaw, GA, later moving with them to Waleska. She lived at home with her family until her passing. Many thanks to our friend and neighbor, Candice Colby, for her help and kindness. Florence never had any children, but she was a much treasured aunt to everyone that knew her; especially the extended McGinley family. Thank you to her stepdaughters Phyliss Ann Stone, Jeanie Sommers and step son-in-law Todd De Binder (husband of the late Patricia Lacey De Binder) for their devotion throughout the years following Ed’s death.
She is survived by her niece and husband, Mary Jo and Michael McGinley of Waleska, her grandniece Meghan McGinley and grandnephew and wife, Michael and Allison McGinley.
A mass of Christian burial was held Friday, December 4th at Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church in Jasper, GA (Father Charles Byrd celebrant). Interment followed at Macedonia Memorial Park Cemetery in Canton, GA. Many thanks to the owners and staff at Macedonia Memorial Park Funeral Home for their professional and compassionate care during a very difficult time.
In Mrs. Lacey’s honor, the family request donations be made to the charity, Beautiful Beyond the Pain. This organization sends seriously ill children to camp, so for at least one week a year they do not feel alone in their daily struggles. Donations can be sent to: Beautiful Beyond the Pain, P.O Box 3824, Suwanee, GA 30024, or visit www.beautifulbeyondthepain.org.
Macedonia Memorial Park Funeral Home 10655 E. Cherokee Drive Canton, GA 30115 (770) 479-2788. www.Macedoniamemorial.com