LACEY IRENE DRANE STAHL - Smith Mountain Eagle: Obituaries

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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:27 pm

Lacey Irene Drane Stahl, 82, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Runk and Pratt Assisted Living Facility at Smith Mountain Lake, Va.  She was born on November 12, 1929 in Canton, MS to the late Walter Earl Drane and Ruby Belle Waller Drane.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Nannie Earl Drane, and a brother, Frederick William Drane.  She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Melvin, of Moneta; two daughters, Victoria Irene Stahl Millar and her husband, Richard of Lake Ridge, Va. and Deborah Lee Stahl Hasty and her husband, Jim of Annapolis, Md.; and two grandchildren, Melanie Irene Millar of Atlanta, Ga. and Richard Holmes Millar Jr. of Richmond, Va.  Lacey grew up in rural northern Louisiana with 11 brothers and sisters during the Great Depression and WWII.  She graduated from the University of Memphis where she was May Queen and a member of “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities” and Sigma Kappa Sorority.  She was a teacher with the Memphis City School system for 18 years, was an avid reader and gardener, and became an award-winning quilter following her retirement.  In addition, she was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society of Colonial Dames in America and a communicant of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.  The family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Runk and Pratt Assisted Living Facility and Carilion Clinic Hospice for their care during her recent illness. A visitation will be held Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.  A funeral service will take place at the same location on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 11 a.m. with Father James J. Martell officiating. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Smith Mountain Lake, is assisting the family, 540-721-9375. To send condolences, please visit  

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