Margaret Lacy

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Margaret Pruitt Lacy, 1934-2024

 

We celebrate and honor the life of Margaret (Bobbie) Vera Pruitt Lacy, who passed away on June 2, 2024, at the age of 90. Margaret was born March 11, 1934, in Athens, Texas to Maddie Goulsby Pruitt and Wesley Pruitt. She was the seventh of eight children and grew up in Tyler, Texas.

 Margaret was an extraordinary, smart, beautiful, talented, and intelligent African American women, who excelled in mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and education during the postwar era. In 1955, Margaret graduated Cum Laude from Texas College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Minor in Chemistry. At Texas College, she met and later married fellow chemistry teacher, Bennie (Ben) Lacy, in 1955. Margaret and Ben pursued pioneering, challenging, and rewarding careers, working in Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Indiana, and Utah, while raising five children. Margaret worked as a mathematician for the U.S. Navy on the early UNIVAC computers for the David Taylor Model Basin.

Margaret was an outstanding educator. She taught elementary and secondary school for 36 years and earned a Master of Education Degree from the University of Utah. She taught at Dugway and Central Elementary Schools in the Tooele County School District for 21 years. After returning to Texas, Margaret revived her passion for computers, working as a Teacher Technologist and Computer Specialist for the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) for 15 years. She took great pride teaching and coaching her students to win top prizes and awards at the annual DISD computer programing competitions. She won several prestigious teaching awards (e.g., Teacher of the Year) and certificates of achievement. Many students proclaimed that Mrs. Lacy (Margaret) was their best teacher and former students continue to describe her classes as memorable and impactful. Margaret’s school principals and colleagues praised her work, relied on her calm demeanor and reasonable judgement, and appreciated her kindness and support. She was an active member and leader of multiple national and regional teaching organizations.

 Margaret also served her community as an active parishioner and leader at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church in Tooele, Utah. She served on the Altar Guild, Vestry, and as Senior Warden. She participated in civic affairs and service campaigns for her sorority, Alpha Kapa Alpha, which she joined in college. She was active in politics and taught adult computer classes on the weekends.

 Margaret especially enjoyed sharing Sunday meals with her aunt Margaret, siblings, and cousins, hosting holiday dinners, and celebrating family reunions in Martin’s Mill, Texas. Her tearful laughter was infectious and joyful. After retiring, she enjoyed reading, completing word puzzles, and attending literary and musical performances.

 Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie, son Bennie Anthony (Andy) and six siblings: Pauline Lugo, Theo, Waymon, Louis, Houston, and Rose Pruitt. She is survived by her children: Karen, Cheryl, Michael, Deirdra, grandchildren Paris and Tyrese, bother Ray Pruitt (Carol) as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

           

 

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Monday
17
June

Visitation (MASK REQUIRED)

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday, June 17, 2024
Black and Clark Funeral Home
2517 East Illinois Ave.
Dallas, Texas, United States
214-376-8297
Tuesday
18
June

Funeral Service (MASK OPTIONAL)

12:00 pm
Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Black and Clark Funeral Home Chapel
2517 E. Illinois Avenue
Dallas, Texas, United States
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1934 - 2024

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