Maria De Lourdes Melo (Silva) Lacey
August 25, 1940 ‒ November 27, 2020
MANSFIELD: Maria De Lourdes Melo (Silva) Lacey passed from this world on Friday, November 27, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was 80.
She was born August 25, 1940 to parents Fernando & Hortense (Melo) Silva in Faial de Terra on São Miguel Island (Azores), Portugal.
Maria came from a large family living in an island village where all people helped each other every day. She felt blessed to have been raised in a place so rich in history and culture. She often talked about her life as a child, listening to her father play guitar after all the hard work that day was always a fond memory. When Maria was only 10, she found herself running the home after her father died unexpectedly and her mother was forced to work on an adjacent island to support the family. She was a hard worker and always made sure to get everything done that was needed for the family (even if she had to bribe her younger brother with bread and cheese). Eventually, she was led to pursue work as a civilian on the military base in the Azores. As a young woman, she was enamored by the American lifestyle. Little did she know the choice she made to work there would lead her on a whirl-wind romance and to a life far from the little remote island in the Atlantic Ocean. She met Richard Joseph Lacey while he was stationed there with the US Navy. The two were soon married in Victoria British Columbia, Canada and then settled in Mansfield, Ohio in 1965. They both always answered “not long enough” when asked how long they were married. She loved her life in the United States and was very proud to eventually become an American citizen.
Maria most loved being a wife and mother. She was family focused. She made it a point to make their house a home for the family. She treated everyone in the family with love and respect and was caregiver for many extended family over the years. She liked to garden, growing tomatoes and peppers to use for family meals. She loved sewing, and reading. She enjoyed cooking and had many different recipes, especially Portuguese dishes that she was known for but, none as memorable as her kale soup. We will never forget her feistiness, her quick wit and all the things that made her wonderful.
When she did eventually work outside the home, she worked as a clerk at K-mart for over 25 years before ”retiring”. She then worked another 12 years as a housekeeper in the surgical department at OhioHealth, until she retired again. One thing is for sure, Maria made friends wherever she worked.
Maria is survived by her son Joseph Lacey (Girlfriend, Cassie Perry) of Mansfield, son and daughter-in-law Richard and Mary Lacey of Mansfield, daughter and son-in-law William and Zoraida (Lacey) Turner of Bellville, and daughter and son-in-law Eddy and Michelle (Lacey) Snyder of Mansfield; She was “Nanny” to her beloved grandchildren Andrew Kopina, Laney and Ethan Snyder, Eden and Zoe Lacey, Mark Thomas, Phoebe, Ellen, Lucy, and Miles Isaac, Stephanie and Kristi Sazdanoff, brother Walter Silva (New Bedford, Mass), sister-in-law Fatima Silva (New Bedford, Mass), sister-in-law Celadia Silva (New Bedford, Mass), sister-in-law Gloria Gall (Crestline, Ohio). Special Friend and neighbor Bill Fairchild, who was so good to our mom and our family. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years Richard Joseph Lacey, her parents Fernando and Hortense Silva, siblings Rosa Creviera (Canada), Manuel Silva, Antonio Silva both of New Bedford, Mass, Dionizia Pachecho (Florida), grandchildren Levi, Mylan and McKala Lacey (Mansfield).
The Family chooses to celebrate Maria’s life in a private gathering. Although no public services will be held in Maria’s memory, her family hopes that you will remember her in your own special way.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Maria’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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