In Memoriam

Betty Jean (VanGorder) Lacy

(1923 - 2011)





Betty Jean (VanGorder) Lacy

TRACY, CALIFORNIA:  Betty Jean (VanGorder) Lacy, 87, a Hornell native, passed away peacefully in her sleep (April 29, 2011) in Tracy, CA, at the home of her granddaughter where she had resided for the past three years.   

Betty was born in Hornell on June 19, 1923, the daughter of Fred and Eva (Bradley) VanGorder.  She was a graduate of Hornell High School, Class of 1941 and Alfred University, Class of 1945.  Following graduation, she joined the Womenís Army Corps (WAC).  Since her discharge in 1946, she has been a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area in California.   She received her Masterís Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California @ Berkeley in 1951. 

 As a Teacher and Social Worker, Betty devoted her professional life to socially disadvantaged children and families.  She was an activist for equal rights and justice and published articles in educational magazines regarding her research on Learning Disabilities. After her retirement, she and her husband enjoyed many years of traveling the United States, Mexico and Canada in their motor-home. 

 She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Samuel Lacy Jr. in 1999; her son, Joji Lacy in 2000, and her son, Larry Lacy in 2001.   

 She is survived by her daughters: Kim Esquer of Stockton, CA, and Laurie Panther of El Cerrito, CA;  her son, Lee Lacy of San Pablo, CA;  her grandchildren: Mario (Patricia) Esquer of Sacramento, CA, Natalie (Enrique) Acosta of Tracy, CA, Jesse Esquer of Stockton, CA, Cooper Frye and Campbell Frye of El Cerrito, CA; great-grandchildren, Selena, Enrique, Jr. (Tracy, CA) and Samuel (Sacramento).  

She is also survived by her sister, Pauline (Joseph) Piccirillo of North Charleston, SC; her nieces, Linda (Duncan) Hinckley of Chester, VA and Karen Kelly of Chester, VA.   

A memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian church of Berkeley, CA at a date to be later announced.