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Jean L. Lacey, longtime nurse, world traveler

Dec. 3, 1937 – to April 2, 2013

Jean L. (Moran) Lacey, a longtime nurse at several Buffalo-area health care providers and an adventurous world traveler, died Tuesday at her Amherst home. She was 75.

Born in Hartford, Conn., she graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1959 with a nursing degree and drove across the country to work at a San Francisco hospital. She later returned to Connecticut, where she became a school nurse at the Noble School in Willimantic and married Earle M. Lacey, a teacher there.

Locally, Mrs. Lacey worked at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, the former Sheehan Memorial Hospital and Schofield Home Health Care Services. At Schofield, she roamed throughout Western New York, providing health care in patients’ homes.

Her passport was well-stamped after travels to Venezuela, Kenya, Haiti, Ireland, Mexico and Jamaica, among other places. From 1966 to 1971, Mrs. Lacey lived with her family in Mandeville, in the Jamaican highlands, a life-changing experience. Even on the coldest days in Western New York, she only had to look at the Caribbean art on her walls or listen to the world music coming from her stereo to get a bit of warmth.

Mrs. Lacey’s husband predeceased her. She is survived by four children, Jill Griffin, Beth S., Marc and Jonathan; and three sisters, Kathleen Makoul, Mary McCarthy and Margaret Moran-Davis.

A memorial service will follow visitation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday at Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home in Williamsville.

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