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Margaret Whipple Lacey, 94


Margaret Whipple Lacey, long-time resident of Laceyville, PA, 94, passed away on her 74th wedding anniversary, Aug. 29, 2011 at the home of her son, Pastor Frank Lacey of Farmville, VA.

She was born on Sept. 5, 1916 and was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Robert Frank Lacey; parents, Lacey and Emma Smith Whipple; two sons, Dan Lacey and Jim Lacey; one sister, Betty Whipple Van Etten and a brother, Lester Whipple.

Survivors include two sons, Chuck Lacey and Frank Lacey; four daughters, Marion Lacey Bowers, Charlotte Lacey Sawyer, Ruth Lacey Brotzman and Betty Lacey Beacham Reed; two sisters, Phyllis Whipple Nolan and Shirley Whipple Brotzman and a brother, Clarence Whipple; 23 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous other cherished family members and friends.

Margaret was a pastor’s wife for 28 years before her husband died in 1965. At the age of 50, she became a missionary nurse, working in five different African countries until she retired from ministry in Nigeria at the age of 80. A book written about her remarkable life, entitled "Always Faithful," is available at dsawyer39@gmail.com.

A memorial celebration will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Riverside Community Church (Sunchase Cinema), Farmville, VA. The family will receive friends at the Lacey Home in Farmville immediately following church services.

A memorial celebration will also be held at Braintrim Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 in Laceyville.

The Shorter Funeral Home of Farmville, VA is serving the family.

Online condolences may also be made at www.shorterfuneralhome.com.

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