Lisa Ann Domini of Scottsdale, AZ; loving and devoted mother, daughter, partner, sister and teacher passed away peacefully on Monday, March 20, 2023. She was 54, just shy of her 55th birthday on March 30th.
Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, Lisa attended SS. Simon and Jude Cathedral grade school for K-8th, Xavier College Preparatory for high school, then earning a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University. While attending U of A she was a dedicated sister of Chi Omega Sorority and continued as an active alumna throughout her life. It was here that she developed her love of owls, the sorority mascot, and the wisdom and knowledge they represent, a fitting reflection of her lifelong passion for education and teaching.
For over 30 years, Lisa was a kindergarten, first, and second grade teacher in the Valley, teaching in the Creighton and Scottsdale school districts at Papago, Tavan and Hopi Elementary Schools, along with summer programs at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. The school communities were family to her and she adored the time she shared with the students, parents, and staff. She primarily taught kindergarten and had a passion for teaching children at this age. She strongly believed that for a child, kindergarten is the integral launching pad to structured education and wanted to share her expertise and devotion at this level of development. She encouraged her students to be confident, successful learners, to believe in themselves, and “always do their personal best”. During these years, Lisa was also an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix, teaching graduate courses in Early Childhood Education to teachers and prospective teachers.
Above all, Lisa was most proud of the role as Mom to her three children. She loved her mom groups when they were young, and adored their athletic, creative, and theatrical endeavors throughout the years. She was tremendously dedicated to family and often the host that brought everyone together. Holidays were special to her as she enjoyed decorating, and cooking and baking for family and friends. Lisa enjoyed reading, which might come as no surprise given her passion for education, and looked forward to the times she shared with her book club. She loved social activities, watching movies, gardening, pickleball of recent years, and crafting unique items for her home, her classroom, and gifting to others. She was a ray of sunshine to all with her beautiful smile, gentle demeanor, and kind, thoughtful, compassionate spirit.
Lisa is survived by her daughter Allison Lancaster; sons Andrew and Nicholas Lancaster; mother Cynthia Domini; devoted partner Tom Johnston; sister Molly Domini Cash; brothers Keith Domini (Tara Burke), Craig (Alden) Domini and Matt (Jennifer) Domini; nieces Gabriella and Mia Domini; nephews Winfield Cash, Porter and Hudson Domini; dear aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She is now reunited in Heaven with her beloved father, Renny Domini, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A private family service will be held on Friday, April 14th at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. All are invited to attend a funeral service the next day at 9AM Saturday, April 15th at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 North Central Avenue, Phoenix 85012. A family-friendly reception will immediately follow the service at Hopi Elementary School, 5110 East Lafayette Boulevard, Phoenix 85018. Flowers may be sent by April 14th to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School, Phoenix 85018, or please consider a contribution in Lisa’s memory to Hospice of the Valley online at hov.org/donate or a check by mail to: 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.
“Teachers encourage minds to think, hands to create, and hearts to love.”
My family grew up with the Domini family. She and I went to all the same schools and finally reunited on, of all places, Facebook. We shared single mom woes and wins, relationships and family. My heart goes out to her kids, her family and community. I am sorry I cannot attend in person but am there in spirit. I will light a candle and say a special prayer. Much love ❤️ to you all.
Ms. Domini will be missed by so many ❤️
Joanie Chenevey Cruz
To the entire family, what a beautiful soul Lisa was. My heart goes out to all of you for your loss.
What a beautiful life and legacy. She is gone too soon sadly but I pray her memory and accomplishments will bring you peace and knowing she made a positive impact in her life. My deepest sympathy to her entire family. Much love.
So very sorry for your loss. In her time that was much too short, it’s clear Lisa left a legacy with all those whose lives she touched. Sending love and hugs to all the Dominis.
Annamaria Halka Burke
I was honored to know Lisa from our days as sorority sisters. She was warm, kind, and friendly to all. My prayers and condolences go to her loved ones.
Debi Sessler Jones
Dear Domini family- I was blessed enough to coach your family in swimming while on staff as a swim coach at Washington Pool during the summers of the late 70’s and early 80’s. I clearly remember the smiling energetic faces of all the Domino’s and their passion for the water. Her mother Cynthia was a pivotal influence of my time at University of Arizona
As an active member of the Zeta Beta Chapter of Chi Omega. Through this sisterhood I had the honor to reconnect with Lisa last fall and offer her some mentorship with her early stages of her cancer diagnosis. As a survivor I am heartbroken by the outcome. She was a light in so many lives and she and her family touched my heart every morning I was able to coach them in the pool. Know you were loved Lisa and what a blessing you were to so many. God bless!
Dear Domini family,
Along with other Phalens, deepest sympathy for losing Lisa, your family’s first ‘Gen X’ member; but much too young to leave.
Many good memories from my youth long ago, getting to know your family, especially of course, my friend Keith. Many years have gone by, but warm feelings abound for you all.
Wish I could have been there for you, but that wasn’t possible.