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Julia Lello Lacy

age 77, passed away on Dec. 31, 2016, leaving behind a legacy of selfless commitment and generosity to the Indianapolis community, and as the loving and guiding matriarch of the prominent Lacy family. Julia's life journey began April 16, 1939, in Wheaton, Ill., as the daughter of Herbert and Dorothy May Lello. She came to Indianapolis to serve as a psychiatric research assistant in 1961 after graduating from Denison University, where she completed her bachelor's degree in psychology. Shortly thereafter, she followed her heart and married Andre B. Lacy, who later became the chairman of LDI, Ltd. Mr. Lacy says he "married up" when he married Julia, describing her as his "best friend, partner, cheerleader, advocate and fan." The two were married for 53 years, until her passing.

Julia is described by community members and family as a woman who exemplified a balance of grace and discipline. She dedicated her time and talent to a number of Indianapolis organizations, serving as the chair of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and as a board member of the Methodist Hospital Foundation, The Indianapolis Zoo and Day Nursery. She also served on the Denison University Board of Trustees, the Children's Museum Guild, and as a member of The Junior League. Her children describe her as being "an Indianapolis cheerleader by making sure her family participated in and knew about all things Indy."

In April 2016, Julia and her husband made a gift to the Butler School of Business to support business education that encourages entrepreneurship and management of closely held enterprises. The gift exemplified Julia's generosity, and her support to education and life-long learning. Julia never sought the spotlight, but earned respect for her support of institutions for which she cared.

To her children, Julia was "a beauty," who was selfless and supportive - helping them with school work and paper routes, volunteering for school events, attending "countless" sports and extracurricular activities, and yet ready with a quick correction to keep her children humble when needed. Her children say "it was impossible not to feel her love," which was lavished also on her nine grandchildren whom she cherished tremendously.

On Dec.31, 2016, Julia passed away in her sleep at her home in Culver, Ind. Her children describe her passing as exemplary of how she lived, which was "on her own terms, beautiful and gracious at home in a place she loved with those most dear to her."

Julia is survived by her husband Andre B. Lacy (Indianapolis), her three sons John Andre Lacy (Elizabeth H. Lacy), Mark William Lacy (Julie E. Fischer) and Peter Lello Lacy (Jill S. Lacy) and her grandchildren Rhodes Lacy, Meghan Lacy, Julia Lacy, Rachel Lacy, Ellis Lacy, Callahan Lacy, Jose Lacy, Emma Lacy and Miranda Lacy.

The family will host a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2017 at Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle. A Life Celebration reception will follow at Woodstock Country Club from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mrs. Lacy's name to the following organizations that she greatly cherished: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Early Learning Indiana (formerly Day Nursery), or The Methodist Health Foundation.

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Published in The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 4, 2017.
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May 1, 2017
Dear Andre, JA, Mark, and Peter ...
How sorry I am to hear about Julia's passing. What a lovely, caring, gracious and graceful LADY she was, and I mean that in every sense of the word. I do wish I would have known -- I would have loved to be able to have hugged you all at her celebration of life.
I feel so honored to have known her, and while I have not been around much since I left Indy 26 years ago, Julia always stayed in touch, sharing your lives with me. For that, and many more things, I will treasure knowing her, always ...
It has been my honor to be a part of your "family" in the past and I hope to remain connected with you for many more years. You all have made a difference in my life.
Much love to you all,
Bridget (Bradley) Kipfer
January 11, 2017
I will always remember Julia for her willingness to hire our very young daughter.

At the age of about ten, our daughter started a modest "lawn mowing service" in downtown Indianapolis. And Julia was one of her first customers. Julia often came out, with a broad smile, and thanked our daughter. My daughter mowed Julia and Andre's lawn for many years. The experience helped shape our daughter's understanding of work and the value of doing a good job. Thank you, Julia, for your many kindnesses to our daughter and me.
Erik Johnson
January 9, 2017
We were saddened to hear of the loss of Julia Lacy. We will keep many fond memories of her with us. Her caring and capable manner were always admirable as she touched so many lives. She will be missed. Sincerely,
Guy and Nancy Harper
January 9, 2017
I am saddened by the news of Julia's passing. She was one of the most gracious, kind, and elegant women I have ever known.It comes as a shock after just visiting with her recently at the 702 Christmas party.
Mike and I could not attend the services as we were out of town.
We send our deepest sympathy to Andre and the entire family.
Prayers for the family,
Bonnie and Mike Stevens
Bonnie Stevens
January 6, 2017
Julia, you had a beautiful way of serving the Lord. You will be missed, but the love you spread will never end. I'm so blessed to have been your cousin.

Joyce Sherrod
January 6, 2017
We light a candle to Julia who will always be remembered as a shining light to all who knew her.
We loved her and will forever miss her light.
The Green Family
John Green
January 5, 2017
An authentic individual who exemplified that rare combination of dignity, class, and compassion. She will be missed by many.
Patricia Brennan
January 5, 2017
Andre- I am so sorry to learn of your wife's passing. I wish you and your family comfort in the many wonderful memories you must have of your years with her.
Doug Garrison
January 5, 2017
Heaven's gain is our loss. May the Holy Spirit provide the necessary peace and comfort needed for all of Julia's family, friends and lives she touched.
Jeffrey & Genevieve Ball
January 4, 2017
I remember visiting the Lacy family home on an occasion in my youth - and finding (Aunt) Julia dancing with her youngest son Peter! Julia explained to me she taught all her children to dance so they may participate in weddings, charities and events in their lives and not sit on the sidelines! She was an exemplary mother much loved by her family and her community. We share our warm thoughts and fond memories with you at this time in loving memory.
Christelle and Geoff Lacy
January 4, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Sue and Brad Humphrey
January 4, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
January 4, 2017
Andre and family: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Julia's gracious manner and smile will surely be missed. Our condolences to your families. Her legacy will live on in all of you.
Nelson & Dixie Becker
January 4, 2017
The Indianapolis community, and in fact the entire state, share in your loss. In this day and age, such a strong testament to family is rare, and should truly be cherished. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jay Jackson
January 3, 2017
My dear friend, Leigh Johnson, spoke highly of your mother; and when I met her, I understood why. I respected and admired her, and I am especially thankful for her rearing such wonderful sons.
Doris Young
Doris Young
January 3, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Julia's passing. I remember her as a fun and caring mom when I was in junior high and high school with JA. Please know that I'm thinking of your family and wishing you peace and fond memories. ❤
Mary Lahman Phillips
January 3, 2017
Julia was well loved and will be missed tremendously.
-Renee L. Radevic and Family
January 3, 2017
I'm so very, very sorry to learn this about one Indianapolis' most gracious & lovely ladies. May you all find Our Father's Peace at this very sad time.
Lolly Ramey
January 3, 2017
A great and gracious lady. Her memory will be cherished.

Bob & Carol Reynolds
January 3, 2017
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January 2, 2017
Andre, you and your family are in our hearts and prayers at this sad time. Julia was a dear and beautiful woman. Her goodness and spirit will continue on through you and your family. Bob and I had been praying for her daily, and our prayers will continue for you. God bless the Lacy family.
Margaret Hillan
January 2, 2017
We would like to express our sympathy to you on the loss of your wife, Julia. Both of you have done so much for Butler and the Indianapolis community. Her legacy will be remembered in the years to come. May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time.
Bill & Miriam Ruppel
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