Losing a child is a very traumatic happening in anyone’s life. Losing a young child seems to be even more devastating. I say “seems to be” but in reality, losing a child of any age can be such a sad occurrence. Our first born died on January 31, 2017. Tracie had been ill for quite some time, but we really thought she would outlive her parents. That is not the case. So many family and friends have sent their condolences, it is overwhelming. We would like to acknowledge each one and have tried to do that. We’re certain we’ll not send acknowledgements to all simply because of the numbers received. When I say friends, it wasn’t just our friends who sent condolences…it’s amazing how many friends Tracie had and how she impacted those friends. When you became a friend to Tracie, you were a friend for life and she tried to keep in contact with all of them no matter where they were. We could say so MUCH more about our #1 child, but we wouldn’t know when to stop writing. And with each mention of her name, the tears build, the writing ceases, the mind wanders, the pictures form and the body goes weak with sadness. I know time, as “they” say, heals the pain, but it will never stop a tear from forming, a memory recurring, or just a sigh. So much to be said. Yet, what describes Tracie to me is something so simple. She’s most always inscribed her gifts to me. For Father’s Day, 2017, among the gifts she gave me was a small Dr. Seuss book…yep, a Dr. Seuss book for her Daddy. The book was “Oh, the THiNKS you Can ThinK!”
The inscription she wrote: Happy Fathers Day To The #1 Thinkers Think Champ! Who is also the Best DAD Me thinks is FACT June 2017 I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! YOUR ELDEST TRACIE
My tears are flowing, my writing must stop, the memories are flashing, my #1 child’s picture is vivid, my body has weakened, and a long deep sigh has formed.
We love you, Tracie
No more pain for Tracie, but we must endure the ache. Tracie was a shining light in so many lives. If one needed help with planning an event, Tracie was definitely the go-to person. She loved the challenge of making arrangements from anything to a simple birthday party for a two-year old to making all the arrangements for the wedding of a 26-year old daughter. To Tracie, life was all about family. If you were part of Tracie’s family, you knew it. She never forgot a birthday or an anniversary or a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Tracie loved bestowing gifts on her family. I know of no one who ALWAYS selected the perfect gift for the occasion. It wasn’t always just one gift, either; she seemed to incorporate small gifts that complemented the main present.
Tracie loved EVERY family member. Those loved included cousins no matter how far removed. Her uncles and aunts would know they were special in her heart. Her parents knew her endless love. Even in her final moments and through her agonizing pain, she expressed how much she loved everyone. No sibling could have been more cherished. Tracie’s love and loyalty for her husband went unmatched. In Tracie’s heart and eyes, she adored her children and would share her feelings of such pride in her actions and words to anyone who would take a moment to listen. Of all the love she doled out, none can compare to her love of her two sweet granddaughters. They knew her as Nana-Banana and she was especially overjoyed to have that title. All who knew her will have an emptiness in their mind, body and soul; those two very young granddaughters won’t understand that emptiness, but will know that Nana-Banana won’t be far away and Nana-Banana will shine her light of love on them forever.
It is with Amazing Grace that Tracie has entered this world and touched so many people with her love. And it is with Amazing Grace that we cherish her memory and look forward to being with her again.
Tracie Allyn Frye King, age 55 of Goodyear, AZ died July 31, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born May 20, 1962 to Kermit and Judith Grey Frye in Albuquerque, NM. Tracie was a thespian at El Dorado High School class of 1980. She attended college at Eastern New Mexico University and graduated from Fresno Pacific University. She was a Corpsman in the US Navy from 1983 to 1984. Tracie worked as a school teacher. She continued her love of acting as a Community Theatre Raisin Cain Player. She was a member of the Kingsburg, CA Women’s Club as well as a member of the Kingsburg First Baptist Church.