Tracie B. Willis, age 43, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Lexington, KY. She was born on August 29, 1975, in Benton, Illinois to Bruce and Vickie (Adkins) Willis.
Tracie graduated Benton Consolidated High School in 1993. She graduated Rend Lake College in 1994 with an Associate of Science degree in Accounting. Shortly after her graduation from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting with a Minor in Finance, Tracie followed her passion for the Thoroughbred industry and moved to Lexington, KY. She sincerely loved horses and all aspects of the business, and was an avid horse racing fan as well as a strong supporter of several organizations committed to the welfare of horses. Tracie treasured her precious dogs, and considered them family, especially her beloved Buddy and Lexi, who passed several years ago, and is survived by her current canine companions, Paco and Ginger. Tracie overcame her health struggles with great courage and strength, and did not let them hold her back from being the most loyal friend anyone could ask for, extending kindness to friends and strangers alike, and living life to the fullest. She had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way, and will be greatly missed.
Tracie was last employed by Darby Dan Farm, where she was a dedicated team member for seven years. She was totally committed to the Farm’s business operation and was a consummate talent in her many roles. She was the face behind Darby Dan’s social media, oversaw human resources and insurance, a popular Darby Dan tour guide, and represented the farm in multiple professional associations. She was a proficient and respected master of accounting.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by an older sister, Melissa Willis of Benton, Illinois, along with several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Preceding her death were her Paternal Grandparents, Lloyd & Helen Willis, and her Maternal Grandparents, James & Lili Mae Adkins.
Anyone whose life was touched by Tracie is invited to join us and celebrate her at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 26th at the Immanuel Baptist Church 516 North Main Street in Benton, IL 62812 with Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating. The Morton & Johnston Funeral Home is assisting with local arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please share her commitment to and her support for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance or the Franklin County Humane Society.
For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
821 Corporate Drive, Lexington KY 40503
Franklin County Animal Shelter
13163 Oddfellow Lane, Benton IL 62812