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ELLA MAY "PEANUT" LACEY - FREEPORT, Maine/MIDDLEBURY - Ella May Lacey, 85, a longtime resident of Middlebury, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Freeport Nursing and Rehabilitation, Freeport, Maine. Born in Middlebury on Feb. 21, 1928, Ella May was the daughter of the late Fred and Ella May (Burbee) Highter. She was a graduate of Middlebury High School, Class of 1947. She was a seamstress employed by Geiger Brothers of Austria prior to her retirement. Ella May was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and was an enthusiastic member of the choir there. She enjoyed square dancing with the Small City Steppers of Vergennes, and she was an avid baker, knitter and crafter. Her whiskey cake and famous beans were well known. She and her beloved husband, Larry, enjoyed traveling, often with their longtime friends, Bob and Bev Fuller. Surviving family members include two sons, Lawrence Lacey of Middlebury, and Leo Lacey and wife, Cheryl, of Topsham, Maine; two daughters, Linda Hoyt and husband, Craig, of Colchester, and Laura Napoletano and husband, Dr. Robert, of Kensington, Conn.; three sisters, Mary Rose Audet of Bridport, Shirley Desjadon of Prescott Valley, Ariz., and Joyce Hubbell of Northfield, N.H.; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Lacey was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence Lacey, who died on Oct. 12, 2001; and brothers, Henry and Duane Highter. Calling hours will be conducted on Friday, March 15, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 S. Main St., Middlebury. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Middlebury with the Rev. William R. Beaudin, pastor, as celebrant. Spring burial will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery, Middlebury. In recognition of the family's proud Irish heritage, attendees of the funeral are asked to wear a bit o' green. www.sandersonfuneralservice.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Project Independence in Middlebury, VT; or your local hospice.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 14, 2013
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