NEW SHARON — Deborah “Debbie” Donald Tracy, 52, went to rest on Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, surrounded by her loving family at her home in New Sharon after a courageous battle with the silent killer, ovarian cancer.
Debbie Darlene Donald was born in Farmington on Sept. 25, 1964, to John and Marcia (Hathaway) Donald Sr.
She attended school at MSAD 9 and graduated from Mt. Blue High School in Farmington in 1982. Debbie began helping work the family farm as a young girl and in high school went on to work at a local pizza shop and at McDonald’s. After graduating high school she went on to become a CNA and worked in private care for many years. Debbie also worked at Franklin County Credit Union, managed Depot Laundry, worked at Farmington House of Pizza and she also worked at Tracy’s Kountry Kitchen part time more recently. In May of 2010 she began working on the family farm and worked there until illness forced her to leave.
On July 16, 1983, she married Brian Tracy, of Farmington.
Debbie loved team penning, horseback riding and teaching children to ride horses. She was an excellent cook, baker and famously known for her delicious chocolate cake. She enjoyed farming, gardening and canning. Debbie loved her family and enjoyed being a caregiver to many. She and Brian shared a love for riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycle together.
She was especially proud of her accomplishments in team penning and sorting. Debbie was first place in team penning at the Skowhegan Fair in 1999. She loved Halloween and was notorious for her ‘Treats,’ such as turkey feet and horse poop (biscuits), as well as dressing up as a witch.
She leaves behind her husband of 34 years, Brian Tracy; her daughter, Marcia Ann and husband Bill Hunt; her son, Joshua and wife Elizabeth Tracy; her three grandchildren, Caleb, Annabelle and Jameson; her parents, John and Marcia Donald Sr.; her siblings, Donna Donald Crockett and former husband Chris Crockett, Darcy and husband Dan Shurtleff, and John Donald Jr. and wife Stephanie Heikkinen; her in-laws, LauraLee and Doug Fletcher, Larry and Angela Tracy, Rodney and Janet Tracy, and Russell and Pam Tracy; also her many nieces, nephews and close friends; as well as her beloved dogs, Tommy, Bentley and Jerry; mini horse Tango; and rescue horse Girly.
She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, John and Ethel Donald; maternal grandparents, Thronald and Iva Hathaway; father-in-law, Allan Tracy; brother-in-law, Robert “Buster” Tracy; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family extends a very special thank-you to Jean, Bonnie and Patti from Androscoggin Home Health for all of their help and support, and a very special thank you to close family friend Patti Parker who helped us through this difficult time.
Condolences and tributes may be shared with her family on her memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.
Deborah Donald Tracy