Janice C Tracy
Janice Tracy left us on July 1st to be with her husband Ray and her family and friends.
Janice (known as mom, grama or grama T to some) was a force of natural to her family and friends. Her influence on her family was vast, instilling a work ethic and a never quit attitude along with a compassionate side. Janice lived through the Great depression in Kansas, Colorado and finally Oregon. Completing her high school inn only three years (Lincoln High School in Portland) Janice went to work for Fred G Meyer, later worked for Safeway, then Horner’s market in Estacada. She married Raymond Tracy when she was 17 and started a family with her first-born Terry. Ray was called into service for WWII and was station in Virginia for a time. So, Janice packed up baby Terry and took the train to Virginia. When Ray was deployed to the European theater, she headed back to Oregon with Terry in tow. Janice worked in the ship yards during the war.
After the war and upon Ray’s return they started to really build their life together. Both worked full time and a couple of years later Ramona came along, the first girl in the Tracy family in a generation. Janice and her family lived on their farm in Viola. Horses played a dominate role in the household, pleasure riding, pack trips, horse shows, fairs and rodeos were always in the mix along with various school events. Years later Jeff was born but the list of outdoor activities still revolved around family and horses. Janice and Ray bought their own business in 1973 which kept them busy for the next twenty years. Over the years Janice was active with the PTA, volunteered to teach reading to primary school children and was active in her church and the Elks Club. Needless to say, she was always busy.
Janice loved family gatherings at the farm, holiday dinners, picnics at the creek, and back yard BBQ’s. Entertaining family and friends were big on her list. There was always a seat at the table for friends, and sometimes people that were friends of friends that had nowhere to go.
What a table it was, known for her cooking, especially her pies and other desserts, Janice developed a large reputation and following from all the neighbors, particularly the Misley boys, who were always hunger for her pies. Chicken biscuits and gravy for Sunday morning breakfast, or Christmas Day was a specialty.
Janice and Ray were instrumental in a number of horse organizations. Co-founding the Cascade Riders, and the Oregon Dressage society were just a sampling of their involvement.
Janice loved to travel and going to Reno or Vegas always was a highlight for her. As she got older there was always a seat on the bus to Spirit Mountain with her name on it.
She used to say, “It’s hell to get old” but she said that for over 40 years, which always made us chuckle.
She was notorious for her dreaded “to do” lists for the kids while they were growing up. It was best to have the list completed by the time she arrived home from work.
Janice could be tough, but she had a kind heart. She loved her family more than anything else.
Janice was born in Concordia Kansas on December 9th 1922 and is survived by her children, Terry along with his wife Suzy, Ramona, and Jeff and his wife Shelly, along with her grandchildren Karry, Jason, James and Mercedes. Janice also has five great grandchildren.
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