Zilace ‘Lacie’ Jacobsen Thrall
Aug. 19, 1952 — May 11, 2017
Zilace E. “Lacie” Jacobsen Thrall, 64, of Mesa, Arizona, passed peacefully on May 11, 2017, into the loving arms of Almighty God and into the warm embrace of her earthly family now in heaven. Lacie valiantly and courageously fought a series of cancers for 13 years with grace and dignity.
Born Aug. 19, 1952, in Spirit Lake, she was the beloved daughter of Leonard G. (Butch) Jacobsen and Eileen (Barney) Sears.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Colonel (Retired) Terry Thrall and her four precious “fur” children: “Gracie,” “Zeke,” “Hershey” and “Sam, I Am.” She was preceded in death by her parents, stepmother Norma and beloved brother Marc.
Lacie graduated from the University of Minnesota at Mankato and began a lengthy career in the food service industry as an Inspector for the Iowa State Department of Inspections and Appeals. She was a Certified Food Safety Professional and retired as the Director of Food Safety Management Services for Foodhandler, Inc., a supplier of food safety barrier products to the food service industry. Lacie had a nation-wide reputation and was called upon frequently by food safety professionals in both the private and government sectors.
In retirement, Lacie pursued a long-time goal of competing in dog shows and was successful in showing her Bedlington Terrier “Hershey” to a “Champion” designation by the American Kennel Club. She was an expert trainer and groomer, and was highly regarded by the entire Bedlington Terrier owner/trainer/handler community. She was especially interested in the rescue and re-homing of Bedlington Terriers. She and Terry drove countless miles to retrieve and deliver rescued dogs.
Memorials may be sent to the Bedlington Terrier Club of America Health, Education and Rescue Trust (BTCA-HEART), c/o Lisa Clarkson, 2 North Canton Road, West Simsbury, CT 06092.
Memorial services will be held Aug. 19 in Arnolds Park and December 2017 in Mesa, Arizona.