In Memory of Mary E. (Elliott) Lacy

Mary E. (Elliott) Lacy
Mary E. (Elliott) Lacy
Born: March 23, 1943
Died: January 22, 2020
Age: 76
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Mary E. (Elliott) Lacy
March 23, 1943 - January 22, 2020
From: Ida Grove, IA

Mary Edith (Elliott) Lacy, was born March 23, 1943, in Soldier, Iowa. She was the youngest of two daughters born to Timothy and Molly (Hemnes) Elliott. In her youth she grew up on various Army bases and resided in many different states including Iowa, South Dakota, Tennessee, and New Mexico. She graduated from high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

She then moved on to make her home in Kalamazoo, Michigan where she had her two oldest children, James J. Turner in 1965 and Janet L. Turner in 1966. She then came back to reside in Sioux City, IA and had her last child, Jennifer J. Woebke in 1974.

In 1977, she went back to school to become a nurse graduating from Western Iowa Tech Community College with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Throughout her career she worked at both St. Luke's and Mercy located in Sioux City, Iowa as well as becoming a traveling nurse. The last place she loved working was as a nurse at the Winnebago Indian Health Hospital. Mary also would partake in public speaking events on health topics.

Mary enjoyed reading, writing poetry and listening to music, taking her grandkids to the movies, playing basketball, and her St. Bernard "Roscoe". Among the important things in her life were her faith and her church.

She is survived by one sister Alyce Grabe of Mahomet, Illinois; her three children, James (Marion) Turner of Karlsruhe, Germany, Janet Turner of Des Moines, Iowa, Jennifer (Chris) Woebke of Ida Grove, Iowa; one nephew Mark (Diane) Baysore; seven grandchildren; one grandniece, two grandnephews and two great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Timothy and Molly Elliott; and brother-in-law, Dr. Gerald Baysore.



12:00 p.m., Wednesday
January 29, 2020
Armstrong-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ute, Iowa


Rev. Chad Lierman


Christopher Woebke
Zachary Senhen
Tristian Senhen
Dutch Timm
Ethan Young


10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Armstrong-Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Ute, Iowa


"How Great Thou Art"
"Amazing Grace"


St. Clair Township Cemetery
Ute, Iowa


Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:39 AM
“I wish we could've spent more time together Grandma. I appreciate all of the times we wrote letters to one another and the times you came to see me. That was really nice. I even have the journal you sent me that I am writing in to this day. You told me to write down all of my dreams and I am going to do just that. I love you and I miss you more than you know.”
- Tasha Turner
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 2:15 PM
“My sincere sympathy to Mary's family. She was so proud of her children.
I miss her beautiful smile and her hugs as I visited @ Odebolt Specialty Care.
I loved reading about her life in her obituary. She was a wonderful lady!.
Joan Godbersen”
- Joan Godbersen
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 8:57 AM
“Jen & family

Sorry for your families loss.”
- Matt & Chris a Wunschel
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 5:24 PM
“Im happy that my wife (Marion) & I got to see you last year Mom. You looked like you were very happy to see us. It’s to bad that you couldn’t visit Germany, were I’ve been living most of my live. You would have loved it. I’m sure in heaven you will have a better life, then in a Nursing home. Love & Miss You forever Mom. Your first born child James. Like Jenny said, give my Grandparents a kiss & hug. RIP Mom.”
- James Turner
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 9:10 AM
“I am missing you like crazy already as selfish as that sounds! I would rather have you here with me but I know you didn't feel good so I know you are in a better place. I know that up there you are finally free to get back to all of the beautiful things that you had once loved in life. I want to thank you for all the beautiful gifts you have given me in my life like; my love of music, art, poetry, writing, and movies. I love you always and please say "hi" to grandpa and grandma for me!”
- Jennifer Woebke (your youngest or favorite)
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 2:56 PM
“Prayers to the family💗 Rest Easy Mary, i will miss you dearly. You were an amazing lady and i’m glad i got to have you in my life. I will most definitely miss your hugs the most. ”
- Shari Carey
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10:38 AM
“Prayers the family”
- Sarah Totten
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10:38 AM
“Mom even though we had our ups and downs I will miss your laugh the most. I used humor to entertain you so we always had something to smile about. You will always be in my heart and I know your mother and father met you at the gates. Tell them hello from me. Life will surely be different but I feel blessed knowing you are in a better place. Love and miss you already! Your middle child.”
- Janet L Turner
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