Lacey A. Oldland
Lacey A. Oldland, 26, died in a tragic horseback riding accident on the Oldland family Piceance Creek ranch.Lacey Andrea Balmer was born Aug. 3, 1980, in Payson, Ariz., to Glen and Lynn Deckard Balmer. She received her education in Payson, graduating from Payson High School. She attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education.Lacey did her student teaching in Meeker and taught at Highland Elementary School in Rifle. Lacey was a beloved kindergarten teacher, greeting each day with enthusiasm and excitement.She married Gerald Oldland June 11, 2005, in St. James’ Church. She loved to travel with and cook for Gerald.Lacey was an accomplished horsewoman. She rode in both English and Western styles, won numerous awards showing horses and traveled extensively showing Arabians, but her passion was for quarter horses. Her bright eyes and infectious smile will be remembered by all who knew her; and the many lives she impacted by her teaching will be inspired for many years.She is survived by her husband; father; mother and stepfather Mark Gardner of Pine, Ariz.; brother Brian Balmer of Bayfield; stepsister Brittney Gardner of Phoenix; mother and father in-law Stephanie and Jerry Oldland of Meeker, maternal grandparents Fred and Jean Deckard of Carefree, Ariz.; paternal grandmother Annabelle Raia of Apache Junction, Ariz., sister-in-law Melisa (Adam) Liberman of Denver; Gerald’s grandparents Norma Oldland of Meeker and John Lynch of Parachute.Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at St. James’ Church in Meeker. Interment will follow in the Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lacey Oldland Memorial Fund at First National Bank of the Rockies, P.O. Box 600, Meeker CO 81641. All monies will be contributed to youth programs.Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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