Obituary: Delma Wormley Lacy
Delma Wormley Lacy, formerly of Montclair, died on July 10, 2020, in Atlanta, Ga. She was 68.
Mrs. Lacy was born in Montclair on Oct. 8, 1951, the daughter of the late Milton J. Wormley Sr. and the late Clarice J. Wormley. She attended the Montclair schools, graduating from Montclair High School in 1969.
She was a member of the Black Student Union and enjoyed singing with her friends, Anita Mack and Lorelei “Bunnie” Hawthorne, in Nishuane Park and was an original member of The Soul Stompers Drill Team. She marched in several parades, including those for the Indianapolis 500 and the Rose Bowl.
Mrs. Lacy received a four-year scholarship to Virginia State University and graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s in elementary education. She received a master’s in elementary education in 1999 from Cambridge College in Boston.
She married Michael P. Lacy Sr., and they had two children, Michael Jr. and Ariane.
Mrs. Lacy loved being with her children, family, friends and her sister, Wanda. She had a passion for arts and crafts, for cooking soul food, and for shopping -- “Come on, Wan, let’s go to Dem Two Hands and Marshalls!”
She loved her African attire and was often called “Neke from Zimbabwe” by her daughter. She had in her home what she called her “African room,” where she spent most of her time relaxing, doing arts and crafts, puzzles and adult coloring.
Mrs. Lacy was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was beyond blessed to witness the birth of all four of her grandsons.
She worked in several states during her 33-year career as an educator, including Texas, Virginia and New Jersey.
During her tenure at William B. Cruise School 11 in Passaic, where she spent most of her career and where she eventually became dean of students, she worked closely with principals and other administrators to ensure that students were being monitored and advancing academically. In 1994 she received the Woman of the Year Award from the Passaic Board of Education.
Mrs. Lacy served her learning community in many capacities, including as coordinator of intervention and referral services and as a member of the instructional leadership team, being instrumental in implementing a variety of schoolwide activities around Black History Month.
Additionally, she served as supervisor of after-school programs, cafeteria supervisor and member of the professional development team, and she was influential in implementing the honor society program at School 11. She retired in 2010 and moved to Atlanta a few years ago.
She had many accomplishments, but her greatest was being a proud mother and grandmother.
Mrs. Lacy is survived by her sister, Wanda R. Wormley (Bryan Farrar); children Michael Jr. (Alencia) and Ariane N. Lacy; grandchildren Mikai P. Lacy, Darian R. Davis, Dean K. Davis and McCoy A. Lacy; nephews Rahfee and Naim Barber; great-nephews Samaj Collins, Zakhi Barber and Zahni Barber; niece Atiya Barber; great-niece Sharell Collins; many devoted cousins, and a host of relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Milton J. Wormley Sr. and Clarice J. Wormley, and brothers, Milton J. Wormley Jr. and Carlos G. Wormley.