Betty Lacey


Betty L. Lacey, 86, of Beatrice died Friday night, June 30, 2017 at Beatrice Health and Rehabilitation. She was born on April 17, 1931 in York. She moved with her family to Beatrice and was a 1949 graduate of Beatrice High School. She married Robert Pickrel on November 5, 1949 and they later divorced. She worked at Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph and O’Shea-Rogers Tractor and Equipment both of Lincoln. She returned to Beatrice and worked for Herb Schneider Real Estate and then was the secretary for the nursing department at Southeast Community College. She also worked as a receptionist for Fox Funeral Home. She married Donivan Lacey on September 30, 1984. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and had taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She enjoyed embroidery work, ceramics, crafts, and dancing. Survivors include one daughter, Lynn Grubb and husband Dave of New Llano, Louisiana; one daughter-in-law, Ann Pickrel of Lincoln; five grandchildren, Cary Pickrel, Angela D. Freund, Jeremy Grubb and wife Kamilah Todd-Grubb, Rachel Pickrel, and Jacob Pickrel; seven great-grandchildren, C.J. Pickrel, Skylar King, Rhiannon Pickrel, Brooklynn Freund, Jackson Freund; Daveion Grubb and Kingsley Grubb; one great-great grandson, Andrew Pickrel; one aunt, Elfie Seng of McCool Junction; many nieces and nephews; special family friends, Kirk and Denise Thornburg. She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Alice Harms Kreimeyer; her husband Donivan, who died May 13, 2002; one son, R. David Pickrel; daughter-in-law, Debra Hendrickson Pickrel; and one grandson-in-law, Travis Freund. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church of Beatrice with Pastor Greg Gabriel officiating. Cremation will follow the service and private inurnment of the cremains will be at the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice on Thursday. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 A.M. on Wednesday in the chapel of the church. A memorial has been established to St. John Lutheran Church. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home from 5:00 P.M. Monday until 9:00 P.M. Tuesday and then one hour preceding the service at the church on Wednesday. The family will meet and greet relatives and friends Tuesday evening from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements.

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Renee Pilypaitis

Ann, Lynn, and Dave, My heartfelt condolences to you and your families. Your mom was a beautiful lady and a wonderful friend to my parents and Shirley. Her spirit lives on in our memories. I wish I was able to be there to celebrate her life with you tomorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Renee & family

 Posted July 4, 2017 - 4:54pm
Karen Mains

My sympathy to Betty's family. She was a wonderful Lady and will be missed by many

 Posted July 3, 2017 - 9:52pm

My condolences to you Smurf and your family...I never met your mom but you sure look like u

 Posted July 1, 2017 - 11:03pm

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