Deborah Ann Tracy

Deborah Ann Tracy

After a courageous battle with illness, Deb Tracy passed away May 31, 2012.

Deb started her working career at The Alpiner Inn, and at Fre-Dor’s Chicken, owned and operated by Fred and Doreen Melnick (most recently known as Eagle Pass Landing) before being hired at the Eagle Valley News. It was here she found her life’s work; having a natural talent for creative ad and page design. Her skill was amazing, and she was quick to learn new computer programs and new methods of design.

She was completely comfortable with always changing technology, could master all things new in a heartbeat, whether it was a computer, a microwave or shopping on eBay. She embraced the Internet long before the rest of us caught onto it and, in turn, it opened a whole new world for her.

Deb lived most of her life in the Malakwa-Sicamous area, with her parents, Henry and Nellie Morrison. Once she was transferred to the Salmon Arm Observer full time, though, it made sense for her to make her home in that community. Also, her life had changed dramatically with the passing of her parents and then her sister, Audrey. 

Deb was generous to a fault, and always made sure her friends and co-workers were celebrated on birthdays and other special occasions. Her loyalty to her friends and family was unwavering.

 Deb became a big hockey fan, and enjoyed being part of the Sicamous Eagles organization, jumping in to help in any way she could – from souvenir program production, to flipping hamburgers, to sitting in the stands and cheering on the boys. The year she took in billets was a fun time for her. She spoiled them rotten and her boys adored her. When one of them left behind a little kitten before going back home, she discovered she loved cats as much as she loved dogs, and adopted “Kitty.”

She met the love of her life, Tim Tracy in June 2004 and moved to Salmon Arm in May 2005 to continue her career at the Salmon Arm Observer. Tim and Deb were married July 22, 2006 and Deb became step-mom to Michael, James and Shannon Tracy, and grandmom to Caitlynn and Dillon Tracy. Deb treasured Tim’s family and loved to shop for them at Christmas and birthdays.

In her 33 years of working for the Eagle Valley News and Salmon Arm Observer, Deb showed a remarkable work ethic. Always on time, she had the coffee on for everyone else, was always working as quickly and efficiently as she possibly could and was incredibly passionate about her job.

Deb was predeceased by her parents Henry and Nellie Morrison, and sister Audrey Smith.

She is survived by her husband Tim Tracy, sister Donna Baldry, brother Larry Hedman, brother-in-law Jim Smith, nephews John and Garnet Smith and their families, plus her step-family Michael, James and Shannon, plus grandkids Caitlynn and Dillon Tracy.

A Celebration of Life was held on Thursday,

June 14 at 11:00 am, in the chapel at Bower’s Funeral Home in Salmon Arm.

In lieu of flowers a donation to the Salmon Arm SPCA would be appreciated.


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