Parker County Today April 2017 - Page 30

C ourageous M om — STACY LYNCH Carrying On The Legacy BY MARSHA BROWN I n 1983, Stacy Lynch, 18, was living the dream in her freshman year at Texas Wesleyan College on a full basketball scholarship. Plus, she had recently married her high school sweetheart and started a real estate career.  “With all these good things, there was no comparison to the joy of finding out, a few years later, that I was going to be a mother,” Stacy said. “I gave up college to devote myself to being a mom and wife. I was also able to continue working full-time in real estate because of the flexible hours.” By 1991, Stacy had been working successfully in her parents’ business at Century 21 Lynch in Aledo — her hometown — for nearly five years. Although her career continued in a positive direction, the youthful marriage ended.  “I became a single working mom, now caring for two little girls — a second daughter was born in 1988. My ex-husband was very supportive and we put our children first, even as we went our separate ways. He worked overseas for most of their early years and so could not help with raising the girls on a daily basis. My parents and their support were so important. My dad loved picking the girls up at school and taking them for ice cream. Then he would bring them to the office. This allowed me to finish my work day and spend more time with my children.” With her daughters growing older and more self-sufficient, Stacy could consider other career opportunities. “I left the family business in 1991 for a posi- tion as marketing director for Trinity Meadows Racetrack in Willow Park, followed by a stint as marketing director for the nationally known Cowtown Coliseum entertainment venue in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. My experience in marketing and public relations prepared me to better understand the many different options for advertising and promoting residential and commercial real estate. I know today how to get the word out quickly and effectively about a home or property,” Stacy said.  The next decade found this mother of two in a second marriage; allowing her to become a full-time stay-at-home mom.  “During my girls’ teen years, I had the privi- 28