On Friday, March 30 our dear companion, mother, grandmother and sister LaRue Olson Tracy passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family at the age of 73 after her courageous battle with breast cancer that began two years ago.
LaRue and her twin sister were born in Salt Lake City, Utah in November 1944 to Norman and Helen Olson. LaRue was adored by her parents and siblings. She developed a strong work ethic, love of family, and a wonderful sense of humor.
In 1963, LaRue graduated from Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah. She married the love of her life LeGrande Tracy in 1966 and they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in December 1967. Together they had eight children, two of which died during or shortly after birth. They raised six beautiful children, first in Oxnard, California, then moved to Enoch, Utah in 1989.
LaRue worked for Iron County School District in Cedar City for 22 years. First as a para-educator helping special needs children and teens, then finished her working career as a custodian, retiring in 2014. She found such love and fun times while working with and among the young people.
LaRue found joy being with family and friends, going to lunch with her sisters, decorating for holidays, working on crafts, crocheting and serving in her church callings. She sweetly loved her children and grandchildren and she dearly loved to spend time with them or talk to them on the phone.
LaRue is survived by her devoted husband LeGrande Tracy and their six children: Lee (Tina) Tracy, LaMonte (Robyn) Tracy, LaVerl (Cyndie) Tracy, LeRene (Joseph) Wickham, LaNae (Joseph) Garrett, LaNette (Courtney) Sowby; her siblings: Ilene Waldron, Louise Porter (twin), Joan (Bob) Weaver, Norman (Vicki) Olson; 16 grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews who adore her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, two children LaVal and unnamed, and one grandson Vaughn, who welcomed her back to our heavenly home.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Enoch West Stake Center, 3575 N Minersville Hwy, Enoch, Utah. A viewing was held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Stake Center and then again on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Stake Center from 9:30-10:30 am. Interment was in the Enoch City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com.
We are grateful to the dedicated staff at the Intermountain Southwest Cancer Center and ask you to please consider making a donation to the ISCC, 1303 N Main, Cedar City, UT 84721 in her name, website https://intermountainhealthcare.org/locations/cedar-city-hospital/giving-volunteering/