Alicia Dyanne Dacey of Frederick, Maryland passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. Alicia was a loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, granddaughter, cousin, and friend. She was an award-winning gifted classical pianist who studied formally for twelve years, world traveler, award-winning photographer, and a beach lover.
Every beach became her home, where she took long walks and many photographs. She loved Duck, North Carolina more than all the Caribbean Islands, Greece, the Amalfi Coast, and all the other countries and states she and Phil visited. Duck, North Carolina was in her heart and soul.
Alicia was a 1997 graduate of Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She graduated from the Scholars program at University of Maryland College Park with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, also from University of Maryland College Park. Alicia’s dream was to own and operate a group mental health practice, and she accomplished her dream. She was the founder and proprietor of the Frederick Center for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Alicia was married to Philip Andrew Dacey from 2003 to 2022. She is survived by her two beautiful daughters, Kira Isabel Dacey (age 14) and Harper May Dacey (age 12); her parents Gerald (Jere) and Ellen Rutt of Frederick, formerly Gaithersburg; her brother Benjamin Rutt and his wife Lindsay of Ellicott City, and their two children, Hannah and Evie; her loving and adored honorary parents from age 6 until her passing, Staś and Helen Tarchalski of Annapolis, Maryland; and while she was growing up, honorary parents Alan and Linda Putterman of Hagerstown; and Godfather Ronald Murray of Rochester, Minnesota. Alicia is also survived by her aunts, uncles, many cousins, and the children of her cousins. She is predeceased by her grandparents Titus and Ruth Rutt and grandmother, Ruth Kramer, her Aunt Maxine Ashway and Godmother Penny Murray.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 12:00pm at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 8428 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in memory of Alicia to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.