WATERTOWN – Areta T. Lacy, 95, formerly of Webster, NY, and Watertown, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at Samaritan Summit Village where she had resided for 9 months. Areta was born on April 25, 1922 in Silver Springs, NY the daughter of the late Norman and Ella Tallman. She graduated from local schools and attended Houghton College where she majored in Piano and Vocal Music. She became organist of her local church as a teen.
She married Kenneth Lacy in 1945. After raising their family, the couple spent a few years in Mexica where Ken was working on a new plant for Kodak. Throughout her years Areta worked at Kodak, she was also involved in the food service program at East Irondequoit School District and later at Wesley Garden in Rochester, NY.
Areta was a long time member of Covenant United Methodist Church in Rochester and Asbury United Methodist Church in Watertown. She enjoyed various bible studies, was an avid member of the United Methodist Women’s Group, and Church Women United. Areta also enjoyed being a member of the church choir all her life.
Areta was a talented seamstress, quilter, gardener, bridge player and cook. She travelled extensively around the world and thoroughly enjoyed new places and experiences. She volunteered at The Storehouse in Rochester as well as the Watertown Urban Mission’s Food Pantry. But above all, she loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and was the esteemed matriarch of her extended family.
Areta is survived by her son Eric and his wife Diana Lacy, Knoxville, TN; her daughter Cinda and her husband Fred Gill, Watertown, NY. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Heather (Chris) Coning and Tiffany (Billy) Huddleston, Knoxville, TN; Lance (Kayleigh) Gill, Oceanside, CA; Kaine (Jennifer) Gill, Portland, OR; and Nikki (Denny) Patrick, Watertown, NY. She also has seven great-grandchildren whom she adored. She has two nephews. Norman and Eugene Schreib.
She is predeceased by her husband, Kenneth, and a sister,…