Naomi Lucille Lacy
November 29, 1930 – April 8, 2022
VISITATION: Monday, April 11th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, April 12th at 10:30am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th St. Interment, Hillcrest. Memorials will be directed by the family.
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Naomi Lacy was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt during her incredible 91 years of life. She passed away peacefully in the early hours of Friday, April 8, 2022. We will miss her huge heart and genuine laugh, her zest for life, and the twinkle in her eyes every time she smiled!
Naomi grew up in Marengo, IA where she was blessed with loving parents Orville and Mildred Scandridge, and her younger, brother Dale. She attended a one-room K-12 country school. Their annual family vacation was camping at the Iowa State Fair, where she made many happy memories. Her favorite sweet treats at the Fair were nutty bars and pineapple ice cream cones. She would reminisce about these days throughout the rest of her life, speaking of them even in her final days. She looked back fondly on her days with her family on the farm, except maybe some of the chores. She always enjoyed her mother’s cooking and canning.
Naomi received an invitation to a teletype school in Omaha. While taking classes, she worked at a drugstore. Not long after, she met and married Harry Lacy Sr. and together they raised a wonderful family of six kids who gave her fifteen grandkids, and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Naomi cherished her family and loved to spend time with them.
After completing a post-secondary education in business, she enjoyed a long career at Bergan Mercy. She was a hard-worker and very meticulous in her work. But it wasn’t just a job for her. Naomi made many life-long friends during her years at Bergan; friends who would get together and enjoy each other for years beyond their work together at Bergan.
Naomi enjoyed a variety of interests over the years. She sewed many items for her children including outfits, baton costumes, and doll clothes for her girls, and even a wedding dress for one daughter. But her craftiness didn’t end there–she also made ceramic Christmas trees and pumpkins with light bulbs. She was also a wonderful cook and enjoyed spending time in the kitchen preparing delicious meals and baked goods. Her cheese balls, sugar cookies, stuffing, potato salad, and toffee are just a few family favorites. She continued to host the family Christmas and Thanksgiving gatherings well into her late ‘80s, despite the tremendous amount of work it took.
Naomi had a love for dogs, especially Bulldogs and Boston Terriers. Some of her favorites were: Bubbles, Penny, Razzy, Mattie, and Mitsy. A couple of her dogs even had litters, including Razzy who gave birth to Mattie. She enjoyed giving her love to any dog that would approach her and even had a bulldog statue on her back deck.
Naomi was blessed over the years with many wonderful friendships, and friends who were like family to her. For a time she would get together and play cards with friends. She also enjoyed the occasional trip to Onawa or the boats for the thrill of the dice roll. In the Fall, Naomi could often be found with family and friends at Husker game parties, enjoying the football game and visiting with everyone. In the Summer she enjoyed time by the water, with family and friends, soaking up the sun and working on her tan! Throughout her life, Naomi loved to go back home to Iowa to visit family, friends, and the Amana Colonies.
Our Naomi truly was one of a kind. She was one of the strongest women we knew. She was rarely at a loss for words, and some may even say she had an ornery streak at times, often coming up quickly with a witty response. She had a very strong character and was honest in her conversations; she told it how it was and you knew where she stood. Smart, witty, fun-loving, kind-hearted, and independent all come to mind.
Naomi was preceded in death by parents, Orville and Mildred Scandridge; husband, Harry Lacy Sr.; sister-in-law, Cynthia Scandridge; daughters, Patty Fjerstad and Connie; son-in-law, Robert Reischl; granddaughter Noel Denholm; grandson, Kevin; and great-grandson, Boden Reischl.
She was survived by brother, Dale Scandridge; daughter, Linda (Dave) Nace; son-in-law, Loyd Fjerstad; daughter, Cynthia Reischl; son, Harry Jr. (Lorie) Lacy; and daughter, Crystal (Steve) Thompson.
Naomi leaves behind 15 grandchildren: Bobby, Joel (Joanna), Erica (Curt), Renee (Chad), Sara (Steve), Amber, Chad (Inga), Jeff (Maria), Kristen (Mike), Todd (Kristin), Luke, Jake (Kelsey), and Lacy (Nick); and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.