Lacey A. Oldland

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Lacey A. Oldland, 26, died in a tragic horseback riding accident on the Oldland family Piceance Creek ranch near Meeker, Colo.

Lacey Andrea Balmer was born Aug. 3, 1980 in Payson, the daughter of Glen Balmer and Lynn Deckard Gardner.

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. She did her student teaching in Meeker and taught at Highland Elementary School in Rifle, Colo. She was a beloved kindergarten teacher, greeting each day with enthusiasm and excitement.

On June 11, 2005, she married Gerald Oldland. She loved to travel with and cook for Gerald.

Mrs. Oldland was an accomplished horsewoman. She did both English and Western riding, 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.

In addition to her husband Gerald, she is survived by her father, Glen Balmer of Meeker, her mother Lynn and stepfather Mark Gardner of Pine, Ariz., her brother, Brian Balmer of Bayfield, Colo., her stepsister Brittney Gardner of Phoenix, her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Stephanie and Jerry Oldland of Meeker, her maternal grandparents, Fred and Jean Deckard of Carefree, Ariz., her paternal grandmother, Annabelle Raia of Apache Junction, Ariz., her sister-in-law, Melisa Liberman and her husband Adam of Denver, as well as Gerald's grandparents, Norma Oldland of Meeker and John Lynch of Parachute.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 14 in Meeker. Interment was made in the Highland Cemetery. Friends may make memorial contributions 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 was entrusted with the arrangements.

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