|Birth: ||Jun. 6, 1934|
|Death: ||Mar. 26, 2011|
Patricia (Pat) Lester Stacy, 76, of Bluefield, formerly of Grundy, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, in Miami, Fla., following a brief illness.
Born June 6, 1934, in Grundy, to the late Cornelius Lester and Vallie Wallace Lester, she graduated from Grundy High School in 1952.
She enrolled at Radford College and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1956.
She began her career as an elementary education teacher in Pulaski County, and taught school for a total of 27 years in Southwest Virginia, with the last 21 years of her career having been spent at Graham Intermediate School in Bluefield, Virginia.
A lifelong learner, she continued her own education by earning a Master of Arts degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from Virginia Tech in 1982. In recognition of her outstanding dedication to her chosen profession, she was inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honorary society for women in education, in 1972. She loved learning and teaching and took great pride in the accomplishments of all her students.
Her greatest joys were spending time with her large family, reading, working her puzzle books, long naps, and having a trip on the calendar to look forward to. She will be remembered for her caring and kind nature, her devotion to her family, and her advocacy for education, especially for women. She was especially proud of the fact that all of her children graduated from college.
Pallbearers will be her ten grandsons.
Because of Pat's love of teaching, her love of reading, and her love for children, the family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Patricia L. Stacy Library Fund at Graham Intermediate School in Bluefield, VA.
The family will receive friends at Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield, West Virginia from 6p.m. to 9p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield, West Virginia on April 1, 2011 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens. There will be a Celebration of Life at John and Pat's home on Friday, April 1, beginning at 6pm.
Those wishing to share memories with the family may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com. Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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