PATRICIA J. LACEY

Patricia (Pat) J. Lacey was born July 20, 1936 and died on Oct 14, 2018.

Pat was raised by Winifred and Robert Mohr on a family farm in Puyallup, Wash., and is survived by her brother Michael Lacey.

She graduated from Puyallup High School and earned a BA in Education from Central Wash University in 1959.

Pat taught Phys Ed first at Puyallup, then Sumner high schools until 1967. She earned a Master of Ed from CWU in 1969, and was then hired there full time until 1987.

Pat was a very skilled athlete, inducted into the CWU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984, the second woman to achieve this honor. She was an all around athlete in field hockey, bowling, badminton, softball, volleyball, basketball and tennis.

In field hockey Pat was a 4-year varsity performer and in badminton she won both singles and doubles titles. She excelled in bowling and was the 1959 all-events champion and led CWU to the NW Collegiate team title as well as winning many professional team tournaments. Pat coached basketball and tennis at CWU for many years, and loved golf and played until becoming ill with cancer.

While teaching at CWU Pat bought a farm outside Ellensburg, where she moved with her friend Betty Hileman. There she raised and raced thoroughbred horses at Longacres, Yakima, and in California until 1992, and stood 20 times in the winner's circle with horses she owned.

When she and Betty retired to Camano Island, Wash., in 1988 she bought a motor home and together they traveled the U.S., visiting horse tracks (and casinos).

Pat had a passion for all animals, especially cats. She participated in the Trap, Neuter, Release program on Camano, capturing as many as 20 feral cats, then finding homes or caring for them after release. At one time she had nine kitty bowls lined up outside. In her own words she "had a wonderful retirement: fishing, clamming, crabbing, gardening, and golfing, my life has been good and I have been very fortunate."

Pat passed away peacefully at home on Camano Island. She was a special and wonderful person, unassuming, quietly influential, personable, smart, loyal, and kind. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Per Patricia's request there will be no services and her ashes will be spread at a later date.

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