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Kelleher, Stacey J

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October 13, 1971 - June 23, 2021

Kelleher, Stacey J

Stacey J Kelleher passed away peacefully on June 23, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas.  Stacey passed in the comfort of her home, surrounded by family and friends.  Stacey was 49 years old.

Stacey is survived by her parents, Eileen Kelleher-Ornelles and Dermot J. Ornelles of Honolulu, HI, her sister and brother-in-law, Susan Kelleher Holtz and Doug Holtz of Long Beach, CA, her “better half” and the love of her life, Gary Lucas of Fort Worth, beloved family and friends, and her pups, Scout, Little Bit, Abigail and Charlie and her cat, Meow Meow.  She was preceded in death by her father, John B. Kelleher,

Stacey was born in Silver Springs, Maryland on October 13, 1971.  She graduated from Kaiser High School in Honolulu, HI in 1989.  Stacey received her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Honolulu Community College in 1996 and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas in Denton. TX in 1999.  Stacey worked as a Probation Officer for Dallas County Adult Probation for the last 21 years.


A memorial service is scheduled for 12 noon on Saturday July 3, 2021 at the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested donations be made to Cane Rosso Rescue (13636 Neutron Rd., Ste 100, Farmers Branch, TX 75244), Tails From the Heart (P.O. Box 250122, Plano, TX 75025) or any animal rescue of choice.

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Claudelia Ellison

July 23, 2021 7:20PM

I was just informed of Ms. Kelleher passing. My condolences to the family. I met Ms. Kelleher at the Decker Probation Office. I found that she had an inter lovliness that shined from the inside out. She had a warm smile and caring heart. I found her to be the author of friendliness and encouragement. Giving was apart of who she was, so she gave from the heart. When she spoke they were words of encouragement and not defeat. I saw her to be a strong young woman and a wonderful person to have know.

I've heard the apple doesn't fall from the tree (smile)
God bless and keep you in His care

Linda Simmons

July 17, 2021 7:32PM

She was a wonderful person with a beautiful smile. God Bless the entire family and Mr. Lucas.

Lou Luckhardt

July 03, 2021 10:05AM

Bothers and Sisters of Local 9487, are mourning the loss of Sister Stacey Kelleher but realize the brightness she added to our world with her presence. We also will keep in our hearts her spirit, rest in peace our sister.

Lou Luckhardt

July 03, 2021 8:03AM

The Union Brothers and Sisters of Stacey, reflect on how she brightened the world with her presence and we will always have her in our hearts. Rest in Peace our sister.

Suzy, Ivan, Sofia & Ella

July 02, 2021 1:36PM

Our deepest condolences to the Kelleher, Ornelles, Lucas, Rubiano family and friends and loved ones of Stacey. I met Stacey in Hawaii Kai, a small city just outside of Honolulu, Hawaii, at the start of High School, mid 80's....she and my twin and siblings and our families have shared so many wonderful times and experiences and special events over the years since then, and upon her joining our family here in DFW, after High School /during College years. Goofiness, Strength, Sweetness, we saw it All !! No cliche' here, but that girl would 'light up a room' upon entering and on a dance floor, back before 'country was cool,' had a line-up of gentlemen ready to 'sweep the floor' with her. Stacey has always carried this 'air' of recognizable Optimism and Positive Aura everywhere she graced her presence with, which projected out to All ! Even through her share of hardship over the years, with a health battle she overcame, long ago, like a Determined Champion, and especially over her many accomplishments before, during and after, over the years, her 'light' shown through, bright and beyond ! Daisies, Yellow Roses & Carnations, but especially Frangipani yellow-centered Hawaiian Plumeria's, come to mind !! Her generosity of time and spirit, and her selfless love of all (including and especially furries), will forever live on ! I know she is and will continue to watch over us all, as the guiding light she was able to touch so many with!! We Love You 'Stace' and your memory Lives On for an Eternity, my Dear Sweet Friend !!!!

Hugo and Eira Rubiano

July 02, 2021 11:59AM

Gary and to the Stacey’s family, you have our deepest sympathy on your loss. She was a very special person and we will always cherish all the memories and give thanks for let us be part of her life for over 35 yrs. Stacy was very good friends with every one of our four children in high school, college, birthdays, Christmas, marriages and being rommmates with them; she will be sorely missed by each one of us. She was a warm, welcoming, kind person, and above all loved by many. Stacy, we miss you greatly and you will be in our thoughts and prayers always. May God bless you and embraces you. Rest In Peace.

David Wooldridge

July 02, 2021 11:07AM

I had the privilege to work with Stacey for 9 years. Stacey had the biggest heart of anyone that I have ever meet. Stacey had love for people and animals. During home visits Stacey would pry when she heard sirens, saw a wreck, animals on the side of road and every time we pass a cemetery. In our last building Stacey office was by the door and would greet everyone with a big smile and good morning. Stacey is truly going to missed by her coworkers. Prayers for Gary, and all of family.

Theron Gregory

July 02, 2021 10:00AM

It was an honor and privilege to know Stacey, she brought joy to her surroundings. She took great pride in her work and was a great teammate even though during home visits she made me pet dogs that I had no interest in petting and was always reminding me to buy something nice for my wife. You could easily tell she led a Christ like life of joy in serving others and helping the community. I will always admire her strength and poise in all situations. We will miss her and have comfort in knowing she’s completely healed forever being our guardian angel.

Leslie Bahena

July 01, 2021 4:26PM

I had the pleasure of working with Stacey for four years. She was such a kind, sweet and joyful person. Stacey will be missed. My condolences to her family and Gary.

Marisa Garza

July 01, 2021 2:26PM

Bubbles, you always had a smile on your face and always a joy to be around. It was a pleasure to be able to call you friend. I know the world has lost a great person. I will miss you so much. It seems like we knew each other for an eternity. Prayers for Gary, her family, and her friends. Rest In Peace sweet friend..

Kevin Newsom

July 01, 2021 11:39AM

Stacey is one of the most sweet, sincere, and optimistic people I've ever met. She never failed to brighten the mood of those around her. Kelleher (as she was known at the office) was a perpetual ray of light and a true joy to be around. I'm a better person for having known her.

Lisa Redner

July 01, 2021 10:58AM

My heartfelt condolences to Stacey's family. I worked with Stacey for over 5 years, and each day she would greet me with a smile and a kind or witty comment. I will miss her warm smile, her daily emails wishing me a good day, and her wonderfully quirky sense of humor. I feel so lucky and blessed for having the opportunity to get to know her.

May Hunt

July 01, 2021 10:27AM

My sincerest sympathy and prayers to the family during this difficult time. Stacey was a warm, loving person who met you with a smile and positive conversations- a joy to know. May she Rest In Peace .

Scott and Heidi Buske

June 29, 2021 7:42PM

We have both worked with Stacey for many years throughout the department and were always amazed at the positive attitude and gleaming smile that Stacey always had. Stacey was always there for you to lend an ear or help out with work related activities. She has and always will be considered an angel in our hearts.

Linda Fay Edwards

June 29, 2021 7:21PM

When I met Kelleher, she had this big beautiful smile on her face. No matter what she was going thru, she kept that beautiful smile. Praying for her family and friends. She will be truly miss.

Judith (German) Watson

June 29, 2021 7:02PM

I was privileged to work with Stacey for a number of years. All I can say about her is "what an awesome, compassionate person." I will miss her kind warm smile and generous spirit.

Beverly S Sealy

June 28, 2021 3:23PM

I met Stacey and from then on any time I saw her she had a huge bright smile on her face and positive word to say. Prayers for her family, Gary and her close friends and work family. I know she will be missed.