Bertha E. Shirley Lacey

Peoria Journal Star, November 3, 1998

MANITO - Bertha E. Lacey, 82, of 201 N. Jefferson died at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 1998, at Hopedale Nursing Home.

Born Dec. 6, 1915, in Snicarte to James and Lillie Belle Lippert Shirley, she married Aurel Lacey on Aug. 3, 1940, in Virginia, Ill. He died Dec. 20, 1995, in Hopedale.

Four sisters and two brothers also preceded her in death.

Surviving are three sons, Lee, Earl and Kenny, all of Manito; one brother, James Shirley of Browning; one sister Ferne Jones of Metamora; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

She was a member of Manito United Methodist Church. She worked at Lee's Bakery from 1974 to 1976.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at her church. The Rev. Deb Cain will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Maas Funeral Home. Burial will be in Meadow Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to her church.

Contributed by Sara Hemp

Charles Thomas Lacey

Mason County Farmer, August 11, 1916

Charles Thomas Lacey, who had been in poor health for the past two years from a complication of diseases, from which he died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Angie Lacey in this village [Bath] at 6 o'clock Friday evening, [August] 4th, at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 18 days.

The decedent was born August 16, 1872 near Bath and was reared in and near Bath. He was united in marriage on November 27, 1900 to Miss Nellie Lockwood and three children were born to this union. He is survived by his wife, their children, Velda, Eula and DuWayne, his aged mother, and two sisters, Mrs. Robert Nelson of Springfield, Ill., and Mrs. B.F. Carr of Chandlerville, Ill., besides a host of other relatives and friends.

He professed religion under the ministery of Rev. E.L. Darley and was a member of the local M.E. church and M.W.A. lodge at the time of his demise.

Funeral services were held from the M.E. church on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, August 6, 1916, conducted by Rev. J.N. Meaker. Interment in Bath cemetery.

Contributed by Janet Frederick

[Transcribers note: the original paper said he died April 4th, but it was actually in August]