March 6, 1965 – September 29, 2022
Tracy passed away peacefully on September 29, 2022 at the age of 57 years, surrounded by her loving family. She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will always be remembered for her generosity, compassion, artistic talent, love of nature and passion for helping.
Tracy was born in Red Deer, AB to Ruth and Hillard Gale on March 6, 1965. During high school she met the love of her life, Gavin Hansen. They were married for 35 years and together created a life full of love and laughter for themselves, and their children. More recently, Tracy and Gavin became grandparents and it quickly became apparent that these little humans were their true pride and joy.
Tracy truly knew what mattered in life and how to bring out the best in people. Her advice was always valued among friends and family and she always knew what to say when somebody needed guidance.
Tracy was best known for her green thumb, love of life and desire to help. She worked for many years as an educational assistant but outside of work you would almost certainly find her in her garden or out at the family cabin where her family and friends share many fond memories. On the occasion when you did not find Tracy in the garden or at the cabin you might find her effortlessly drawing another breathtaking idea or cooking an amazing meal. She was always dreaming up her next big project at the lake or making plans for a future cut flower farm. Tracy truly enjoyed life as she shared many nights laughing with friends over a glass of wine.
Tracy will not only be remembered for her generosity but also for her compassion. As her children started lives of their own, Tracy and Gavin opened their hearts and home to many children through foster care and their family continued to grow.
Tracy’s presence will be deeply missed by all those who were lucky enough to know her. She is survived by her beloved husband Gavin, her children Jared (Rhian), Jenna (Valdomiro), Nathaniel, Tyssen, Kevin and her cherished grandchildren Alistair, Tomás and Abigail.
Tracy is also survived by her brother Mark and sister Pam (Brian) and will be lovingly remembered by her large extended family and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, and to honour mom’s heart for giving, memorial tributes may be made to the Calgary & District Foster Parents Association, https://cfpaonline.ca/
Dear Gavin, and family,
I’m so very sorry to hear this devastating news. Tracy was a one of a kind. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. My deepest condolences. Noreen Siegmund.
Gavin, so sorry to hear of Tracy’s passing. She is an amazing woman and I really enjoyed seeing you two at the Foster conference each year. Her welcoming smile and genuine love for all will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you hold her in your hearts.
Gavin and family. I met Tracy almost 40 years ago. I was immediately struck by her good nature, energy, and ease with people. Back then, she was passionate about her art (well, and Gavin). I can’t imagine the loss of such an incredible person. My warmest thoughts are with you.