ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Elizabeth June Lackey 88 years old, born on June 21, 1922 and passed away on April 11, 2011. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on June 21, 2020
Happy birthday, Mom. Loving you always. As I get older I begin to realize how much I am like you in some ways. I hope I continue to understand you better as I continue to mature. Sending love and prayers on your day.
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on April 11, 2020
I have been wanting so much to talk to both you and dad. You are always missed. Daddy too.
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on June 21, 2019
Happy birthday, Mom. I miss talking to you. You have a new great grand son, Owen Everett York. He is very social and would great you with a big smile. When he is old enough I will share your stories with him.
I send my love.
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on April 11, 2017
Mom,
Why didn't I keep your recipes, write down your stories, record your history? May God always bless and cherish you and our family.
Posted by Larry Pustinger on April 11, 2017
Always quite enjoy the times when your daughter, Mary Lou, and I get to be with the wonderful family you and your beloved Ray brought into this world. Especially your beautiful great grandchildren. Thanks for watching over us.
Posted by Betsy Voit on April 11, 2017
Mom,

We need to talk. There are so many things I need to ask you. Missing you and loving you more than ever.
Posted by Betsy Voit on April 11, 2016
Missing you more everyday, Mom ❤️
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on April 11, 2016
You might have laughed Mom. I've become the bird lady, buying at least five kinds of feed for the birds that come to our yard. I've got the time to just sit and listen to them for a little bit each day. Birds adorn both my shower curtains. Maybe I have just a little bit of a likeness to you. I am thankful for that resemblance.
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on June 21, 2015
Happy birthday to my mom. Big celebrations and partiesweren't typical in our home, but birthdays were still recognised. God bless you on this day. Sending love and hogs your way.
Posted by Larry Pustinger on June 21, 2015
93 years ago, Elizabeth was born. The attack on Pearl Harbor took place when she was 19 years old. Before war's end Elizabeth had completed her nursing studies and was commissioned in our armed forces. She soon met and married another young officer, Raymond Lackey, and together they raised three children. Eventually this writer met and married their youngest daughter, Mary Lou. I never met Ray as he passed away a few years before Mary Lou and I had met. Elizabeth had moved to Wisconsin, and I travelled there to meet her twice before she passed away. Yet, through having met, their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, the family created by their marriage and raised in their love reflects the strength of their enduring values.  Elizabeth and Raymond, through their family, have blessed my life. As my own sainted Father often would say, "They're good people!".
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on April 11, 2015
All the time lately I want to remember something, what was that recipe, what was that vitamin we took, what street did grandma live on, just stuff, lots of stuff. And sometimes the questions are for Mom and sometimes they are for Dad. And I can't ask the questions. And, Mom, I miss you and Dad.
Posted by Betsy Voit on April 11, 2015
Miss you more and more with each passing year, Mom.
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on June 21, 2014
Happy birthday, Mom. Your children are thinking of you today with love and respect and admiration.
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on April 11, 2014
April: The annivrsary of Mom's passing and Dad's birthday month. We had parents with high expectations. We had quirky parents. Growing up I fought their limitations on me tooth and nail, but I knew I was loved. I thank God every day for being born into this family, a family that honored education, loved to read, understood hard work, good habits, punctuality, keeping commtiments, took time to explain things, allowed for dreaming, and got silly and laughed. I love you, Mom and Dad, and my family.
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on April 11, 2014
Alzheimers: As a new volunteer driver for Meals On the Go, I was attending an orientation meeting yesterday. I had been wanting something like that for Mom so badly even when she was still living here in SD. Now I know it wouldn't have worked. Meals would have been delivered. The next delivery, those meals would have been found untouched in the frig. Alzheimers, Mom, I wish I had understood. Love
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on April 11, 2013
Dear Mom,
I have been thinking about you today. If you could see where I am sitting in my house. Our cat is on the window sill and looking out the window. A bird feeder is 6 inches away and the birds sit and eat in front of him. You would chuckle at the sight of the birds, the cat, the bird quilt and the bird pillows. Your influence, Mom. Love
Posted by Betsy Voit on June 22, 2012
I get flashes of good memories, like how the house always smelled like Pledge on Fridays when I came home from school; going to church every Sunday; Mom's apple pie, being allowed to put brown sugar on our toast, pot roast; going to the grocery store with Mom on Friday nights; M&M's in a small three-serving dish on Friday night; Mom at the sewing machine or darning Dad's socks.
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on June 20, 2012
June 21, 2012. Happy birthday, Mom. I posted a photo of your gravestone. I love the way you and Dad are named on the stone along with your rank in the army. That is where you met and fell in love. That was the start of our immediate family. Those were the times that formed a part of who you were. The war, the music, the patriotism of the times in our country, your family and friends,
Posted by Betsy Voit on April 12, 2012
Missing Mom more each day. I realize now that I could have been a much better caregiver in her last year of life. Wish I had learned more from her about cooking. Wish I could ask her questions about our family history. Wish I could hug her one more time. I think about Mom every day!
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on April 12, 2012
Mom passed on April 11, 2011. I was waiting until yesterday to write a tribute. Yesterday came and I forgot. Is that a tribute to a loved one with Alzheimers? Each day this past year I have thought of you, Mom. I have so many questions. If I am seeking council, advice, or just want my curiosity filled I look for you in my mind. Wish we could talk just one more time. A big hug and prayers

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Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on June 21, 2020
Happy birthday, Mom. Loving you always. As I get older I begin to realize how much I am like you in some ways. I hope I continue to understand you better as I continue to mature. Sending love and prayers on your day.
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on April 11, 2020
I have been wanting so much to talk to both you and dad. You are always missed. Daddy too.
Posted by Mary Lou Lackey on June 21, 2019
Happy birthday, Mom. I miss talking to you. You have a new great grand son, Owen Everett York. He is very social and would great you with a big smile. When he is old enough I will share your stories with him.
I send my love.
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Happy Birthday, Mom

Shared by Betsy Voit on June 21, 2011

Mom's birthday would have been today, 06/21/2011.  She would have been 89 years old.  I'm just missing her so badly today.  Mom had a sweet tooth and would have loved a piece of cake and some ice cream.  She would have especially enjoyed the company, and I can't do that for her anymore.  Mom baked a cake or cookies every week while we were growing up.  Her pies were so tasty, and I've never been able to make one as good.  By the time I wanted to ask her how to make decent crust, she couldn't remember.  When I was a teenager, I didn't want to be in the kitchen, and now I wish I knew how to make a good vegetable soup or potato leek soup the way Mom did.  She also knew how to cook pig's feet and sauerkraut, and I have to laugh when I think about how my kids would have turned their noses up at that!  After church on Sundays, Mom would make fried chicken, the very best I have ever had.  She went all out on holidays, turkey with all the trimmings, the good china.  We always ate dinner together, healthy food with portion sizes that were adequate.  Nothing was super sized and neither were we.  What a difference from the world we live in now.  Yeah, I miss my mom and all that she could have taught me had I just asked.

Stardust

Shared by Mary Lou Lackey on May 7, 2011

Mom remembered that as a young person she had two favorite songs.  One was Stardust and one was Deep Purple.  I know Mom liked Tommy Dorsey, but I downloaded the Nat King Cole version.  Here are the lyrics.

And now the purple dusk of twilight time

Steals across the meadows of my heart

High up in the sky the little stars climb

Always reminding me that we are apart.

You wandered down the lane and far away

leaving me a song that will not die

love is now the stardust of yesterday

the music of years gone by.

That is the first verse. I will read the entire song at Mom's burial.

More sewing

Shared by Mary Lou Lackey on May 7, 2011

Oh Betsy, I remember that pink suit with the row of covered buttons that you had for Easter.   I just loved it!  I did not remember that Mom made it or that she was still sewing for us.  I remember the costurme she made for you also for the Pirates of Penzance.  Mom also made me a dress for my 6th grade graduation party.  She was quite a seamstress.