“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25
This is the post we’ve been dreading… the post we’ve been putting off. There’s something about seeing something in writing that makes it so permanent, so it’s been hard to face making this post. It’s with great sadness, we must tell you we’ve lost our best friend and older sister, Tracy. Tracy has been quietly fighting a battle with pancreatic cancer for 3 years now, and she was doing so well…. until suddenly she wasn’t. She fought cancer head-on with dignity and grace. We are still in shock at losing her. It still doesn’t seem real.
If you knew Tracy, you know what an amazing woman she was. If you didn’t know her, please allow us to tell you a little bit about her by sharing her obituary.
Tracy Rachelle (Moore) Burnett passed from this life on July 7, 2023. She was 52. She was born to Tom and Patricia Moore in April of 1971. The first of four girls, she grew up in Chandler, Oklahoma, and after graduating from Chandler High School, Tracy earned her degree in education from Oklahoma State University.
In June of 1995 she married Ronald (Ron) Burnett, and they spent an incredible 28 years together. They had two children, Hayden and Sutton, who were Tracy’s pride and joy. She loved supporting them in sports and other activities. Tracy was extremely proud of them both.
Tracy was an amazing wife and mother, always thoughtful, working quietly behind the scenes. She revered and respected her parents, learning her father’s value of hard work and integrity and her mother’s caring, spiritual nature. She gave great advice and was a fantastic cook. Tracy was very funny in the way only the most quick-witted people can be. She appreciated a good book and promoted reading to the children in her life, indulged in growing beautiful plants and flowers each spring, and could discuss government and current events with the best of them.
A well-respected educator who taught high school social studies for decades, Tracy continued her education and was the elementary school principal since 2015. She loved both stages of her career and was very excited about the community’s new elementary school that will open this fall. She truly enjoyed her work, her colleagues, and being a part of the team that provides opportunities and positive futures for students. Tracy was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church, often singing at Christmas programs or other special occasions.
As a child, Tracy cherished her family’s trips to Eufaula Lake each summer, which may have sparked her fondness for the ocean. She enjoyed traveling and looked forward to summer trips with Ron and the boys. She and her sisters have taken a girls’ trip every fall since 2009 with a little sightseeing thrown in between shopping, great meals, and lots of laughter, all of which also provided narrative for the recipe blog they co-wrote. Tracy also enjoyed weekend visits with her in-laws, which often spurred the sharing of school stories with sisters-in-law and nieces, all fellow career educators.
We know Tracy would want us to continue Four Sisters Dish, and we will… but we thank you for your patience during this difficult time, adjusting to life without her. Please pray for her husband and two boys, our parents, her close friends, and us – her sisters.
We miss her every day.
-Kathy, Robin, an Erin