Kimberley Jo Pflugh-Lacey, 63, of Beaver Falls, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Good Samaritan Hospice, after fighting a short but courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on January 12, 1961, in New Brighton, PA to her beloved parents Donald Pflugh and Janet May Pflugh.
Throughout her life, Kim touched the lives of many through her various careers and passions. She worked diligently at Century Bank, Mars Youth Home, Penn Pavilion, Noah's Ark Daycare, and Service Link. Her commitment and dedication were admired by all who had the pleasure of working alongside her.
Sports played a significant role in Kim's life as well. Softball and volleyball held a special place in her heart. Not only did she play these sports with great enthusiasm herself but also coached numerous softball teams throughout the years. Kim knew the rules of softball better than anyone else on the field; her knowledge was unmatched.
One of Kim's proudest accomplishments was her dedication to volunteering for many years as a coach for the Special Olympics softball and volleyball teams. Through her guidance, athletes with special needs found joy, confidence, and a sense of community. She helped foster an inclusive environment where everyone felt welcomed and supported.
When she wasn't on the softball field, Kim could be found cheering on her beloved sports teams. Her loyalty to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines was unrivaled. Kim's spirit soared as she cheerfully supported her favorite teams.
One of Kim's most cherished pastimes was baking. She had a passion for creating delectable treats and never hesitated to share them with others. Her generosity knew no bounds as she constantly found joy in giving away her baked goods to friends and loved ones. Anyone who tasted one of Kim's creations could attest to the love and warmth that filled each bite.
In addition to her talent in the kitchen, Kim had an immense love for music. Singing brought her tremendous joy throughout her life. She participated in various choirs such as the District Chorus, Governor's School, and Honors Chorus. Her melodious voice resonated with emotion and touched the hearts of those who heard it.
Kim's tenacity and unwavering spirit were evident in every aspect of her life. She approached challenges with strength and determination, becoming a beacon of inspiration for those around her. Despite the hurdles she faced, Kim remained tough yet loving and caring towards others.
Kim had an unwavering faith that guided her every step. Her strong belief in God brought her comfort, strength, and a profound sense of purpose. She found solace in her spirituality and was an inspiration to others through her unwavering devotion. Kim was a member at Concord United Methodist Church before becoming a member of Chippewa United Methodist Church. She was a dedicated part of the Chancel Choir and sang many solos. Kim put her all into every song and loved singing with her choir family.
Kim's legacy encompasses more than just her career and hobbies; it is also built upon the love and dedication she poured into her family and friends. Out of all her accomplishments in life, her biggest one was being a single parent to her daughter, Jenn.
She is survived by her loving husband, Walter Lacey, who stood by her side through thick and thin. Their bond was unbreakable and a testament to their commitment to one another. Kim leaves behind a daughter, Jennifer (Chris) Allen and a stepdaughter, Dana Lacey. Their lives will forever be enriched by the love and guidance Kim provided as a mother figure. She cherished every moment spent with them, treasuring the laughs and memories they shared together. She is also survived by her brother, Chuck (Diana) Pflugh, whose presence brought joy into her life. They shared a deep closeness and love for each other.
Kim’s passing has left a significant void within her family. She also leaves behind JoAnn (Rich) Serge, her beloved aunt and uncle. Their presence in her life brought her immeasurable joy and laughter. She also leaves behind uncle and aunt, Tom (Dawn) May. Kim's numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a step grandson, Kaeveon, were truly blessed to have had her as part of their lives. She showered them with love and care, creating countless precious memories that will forever live on in their hearts.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Amy Jo Pflugh, who held a special place in her heart that words cannot express adequately. She is also preceded in death by her grandparents, Bill and Edith May, along with Charles and Mary Pflugh, who played pivotal roles in shaping Kim's character. The love and guidance they provided influenced her in countless ways, creating a solid foundation for the loving person she became. Kim is additionally preceded in death by her uncle, Bill May, who she shared a unique bond with.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 3:30 PM at the Chippewa United Methodist Church, 2545 Darlington Rd, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Professional Services were handled by the CORLESS-MATTER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, LLC 1133 Church Street, Ambridge, PA 15003.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Kim's name to Club Hope, 237 Sixth St., Ellwood City, Pa 16117; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704 Hagerstown, MD 21741, or Chippewa United Methodist Church Choir Memorial Fund, 2545 Darlington Rd, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Alyssa Wield, Dr. Rahim Remtulla, and Good Samaritan Hospice.
As we say until we meet again, let us remember the immense impact she had on our lives. Her memory will forever be etched in our hearts as we recall her strength, love for life, and unwavering faith. While we mourn the loss of such a remarkable individual, let us also celebrate the beautiful life she lived. Let us share our talents generously like she did with her delectable baked goods. Let us find solace in music and sports like she did. Most importantly, let us carry forward her legacy by showing unwavering devotion to our loved ones and finding strength in faith even during the most challenging times.
Rest peacefully now, dear Kim. Your spirit will forever guide us, and your memory will never fade.