Lois Lackey, 97, of East Middlebury


EAST MIDDLEBURY — Lois Lackey of East Middlebury passed away peacefully on Feb. 27, 2023, well-cared for and comforted by the staff of Bayada Hospice and Winter Green North Care Home. She was 97.

Whip-smart and gifted with an active and curious intellect, Lois was born on Dec. 27, 1925. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1946 with a degree in political science. Career paths were few for women at the time, so after graduating from Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School, Lois went to work as a secretary at Princeton University, where she met George Lackey. They married, had three children, and remained together for over 60 years, until George’s passing in 2016.

Lois was an avid reader, enjoyed spirited debate, hated housework but loved decorating the Christmas tree with lights and tinsel. In her younger years, she was a talented seamstress and knitter, making stylish outfits and knitting sweaters for many members of her family. Always eager to be surrounded by books, she worked and volunteered in libraries whenever and wherever possible.

Lois and George found a home in Vermont, where they settled for their remaining thirty odd years. Still, the road always called to them both, and they had one last adventure spending a year traveling across Canada with their pickup truck and a fifth wheel RV.

Lois leaves behind two sons, Tom and Peter, and a daughter, Anne; Peter’s wife, Julie Hoyenski, who always treated Lois with grace and wit; her grandchildren, Ryan, Adam, Drew, Sam, and Catherine Lackey, and Emmett Rayhill; Catherine’s husband, Greg Voisin; Sam’s wife, Jess Embro, who was a dear friend to Lois in later life; and her great-grandchildren, Eliot, Henry (“Hanky”), Nash and Emily.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the friends and caregivers who contributed so much to Lois’s quality of life in her final years: Georgia Hamilton, Cathy Blaise, Peggy Peabody, Sheila Khalladeh, Sarah Wakefield, Bonnie Burns, and the staff of Bayada Hospice and Winter Green North Care Home.◊


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