Martha May (Bauer) Lacey

Born: Sat., Oct. 13, 1928
Died: Thu., May 16, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Wed., May 22, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., May 22, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Martha May Bauer Lacey, age 90, of Milton, IL passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Liberty Village in Pittsfield.  She was born on October 13, 1928 at the family farm southeast of Milton, IL, to John Andrew and Ethel Yelliott Bauer.  She married her high school sweetheart, Harry Junior Lacey, on December 6, 1947, and he preceded her in death in June of 1979.

Martha attended Cross Roads School for eight years and Milton High School for four years.  She then graduated from Gem City Business College and went on to work at Lewis Motor Company for a short time.  After her husband’s passing, Martha worked at Farmers State Bank.  For most of her life, she owned and operated Lacey and Bauer Quarry beginning in 1956.  Martha enjoyed crocheting and quilting.  She liked baking and cooking, and was known for her sugar cookies and oyster soup.  In earlier years, she also liked to travel.  Martha was a strong and independent woman who loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly.  She was always very active and present in their lives growing up, and she will be greatly missed.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Dale (Terry) Lacey of Milton, IL and Bruce Wayne (Theresa) Lacey of Pittsfield, IL; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth (Nolan) Miller of Champaign, IL, Antony (Rachael) Lacey of Milton, IL, Martha (Garth) Russo of Dallas, TX, Ashley (David) Ferguson of Tremont, IL, Jeffrey Lacey of Pittsfield, IL, Benjamin (Sarah) Lacey of Alexander, IL, Daniel (Casey Dilley) Lacey of New Berlin, IL, and Derrick Halpin of Chicago, IL; and five great grandchildren, Tayleigh Lacey, Piper Ferguson, Jameson Lacey, Juliana Lacey, and Will Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry Junior Lacey; and a son, William Andrew Lacey, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Saudi Arabia in 1976.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Interment will follow at Greenpond Cemetery near Pearl.  Visitation will be held prior to the service on Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Hospital or East Pike Fire Protection District.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Martha's memory to the following organizations:

East Pike Fire Protection District
P.O. Box 1, Milton, IL 62352

St. Jude Children's Hospital

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Martha Lacey Russo
   Posted Sat May 18, 2019
We are sorry to hear about Grandma Lacey's passing. Our thoughts are with all of you there.

Darrell and Vicki Doebelin
   Posted Sun May 19, 2019
So sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I remember when she did a lot of traveling, enjoying life. Condolences to your family.

Nancy Smith Leach
   Posted Sun May 19, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. Martha was a dear and strong woman, a role model for many.

Barbara Lacey
   Posted Sun May 19, 2019
It was a marvel how many ballgames she faithfully sat through. And no matter how filthy the baseball uniform was at the end of a game, by the next game time, it was pristine. She somehow made it all look effortless.

Donna C Loyd
   Posted Sun May 19, 2019
Dale, Terry, and Bruce. Please know you are my thoughts and prayer. She was a lovely lady.

Barbara Bradburn (Sowers)
   Posted Mon May 20, 2019
There has always been a special place in my heart for Martha Mae. Jr. was our next door neighbor in Buckhorn Hollow. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

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