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Doris Tracy

Doris Tracy

Friday, December 27th, 1929 - Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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Doris Tracy, 89, of Scottsbluff, died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at her home. According to her wishes, Doris has been cremated. Her family will host a memorial of her life in the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library meeting room from 2:00-4:00 on Saturday, August 3. Gifts in memory of Doris can be made to Lied Scottsbluff Public Library, or to Scottsbluff Habitat for Humanity.

Doris Maxine Tracy was born December 27, 1929 in Wichita, KS to Archa Roy and Ethel I. Hopkins. She had one brother, Donald Roy. The family lived on a wheat farm and gradually added a dairy during the depression years. It was there that she developed her life-long commitment to use everything to its utmost, and never to waste.

Doris attended elementary school at Richmond Hill, a one-room schoolhouse. She graduated from Clearwater High School, and went on to Kansas State University where she graduated in 1952 with a degree in Home Economics and Retailing. Doris met Dale Tracy when both studied at K State. They married on May 24, 1952 in the same week that Dale graduated in Veterinary Medicine. His practice took them to Ponca, Nebraska where they lived for thirty years and raised their three children. Doris devoted herself to her family, making childhoods memorable and family activities a priority throughout her life. Her beautiful smile was quietly welcoming to all.

After the children left for college Doris found more hours to pursue a life-long interest in art. Through classes and her own determination, Doris became skilled at sculpting, pottery-making, and painting with both watercolors and oils. Doris and Dale enjoyed travel, and her sketchbook was her faithful companion on trips to Alaska, Nova Scotia, Scotland, and her personal favorite, the Desert Southwest. After retiring, in 1986, Doris and Dale moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. There Doris added tap-dance and piano to her repertoire although her modesty made her decline family requests to show off these skills. She was a walking enthusiast, though, and never failed to ask family members to walk with her when they visited.

In 2003 Doris and Dale moved to Scottsbluff, Nebraska. In Scottsbluff, Doris and Dale delivered Meals-on-Wheels for some years. They both loved the library where Doris volunteered repairing books. She also volunteered at Roosevelt School, where she read with a class of first-graders and helped with special projects. One year she sketched each of the children and gave the sketches to their mothers for Mothers’ Day.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Dale Tracy; by her brother, Donald Roy Hopkins, and her parents, Archa and Ethel Hopkins. She is survived by son, Jeff Tracy, of Scottsbluff and his wife Anne Radford; daughter Julia Tracy of Ft. Collins and her husband Owen Henderson; daughter Jean Barton of Richardson, TX and her husband Jim Barton; grandchildren Chris Barton of New York City and Rachel Barton of Richardson, TX; cousins Kay Mairs, Janet Wolf, and Phyllis Miller, all of Kansas.
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    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 |
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
    Lied Scottsbluff Public Library
    1809 3rd Avenue
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    Memorial of her life, Lied Scottsbluff Public Library meeting room, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


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Carol Isaac

Posted at 02:43pm
Dear Julie & Family,
I have such fond memories of your mom! Your parents would pull into your driveway Julie, and it wouldn’t be long until we were on the road to Bishop’s Buffet. We had such good talks! Your mom was such a kind and gentle soul. My deepest condolences.
Carol Isaac

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Posted at 01:51pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Molly Knerl

Posted at 10:56am
Jeff, Julie, and Elaine, I was so sorry to learn of Doris' death (through the Ponca paper). I remember all of you so fondly and wish I could give you a very long hug! You are in my heart and prayers.
--Molly Knerl

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Posted at 06:52pm
"Doris Tracy" will remain in our hearts forever. Love, Debra and Gerry Standridge, Donn R. Hopkins, David M. Hopkins, Barb Jewett and Daniel Hopkins..
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Matt Cook

Posted at 06:46pm
I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Ponca is what I consider my “Leave it to Beaver” idyllic childhood and both of your parents had a large part in that. There are many fond memories of playing in your houses ( both in town and out in the country) . Both of your parents were always kind, generous, and caring people. She had a very warm soul and was one of the good ones :).

-Matt Cook

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