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Ann Marie Weir Tracy was born on November 21, 1946 in Lakeview, Oregon and passed away on February 2, 2024 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise, Idaho after bravely facing the many challenges associated with Alzheimer’s disease. She was surrounded by her family.
Ann was raised by her parents, Robert L. Weir and Margaret “Peggy” Doughty Weir, in Lakeview, Oregon. Her father was a cattle rancher who also worked in the insurance business. Her mother taught typing at Lakeview High School. Ann and her sister, Cinda, were raised on the Weir Ranch in the Crooked Creek Valley where Ann ultimately lived most of her life.
After graduating from Lakeview High School in 1965, Ann attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon for one year until being admitted to what was formerly the University of Oregon Dental School in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from dental hygiene school in 1968. She then returned to Oregon State University for her final year, graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Ann married William “Bill” Tracy at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lakeview, Oregon on August 24, 1968. Ann and Bill lived in Bend, Oregon from 1968 to 1970, and then moved home to Ann’s family’s ranch in the Crooked Creek Valley. Ann commuted to Ashland, Oregon in 1971, to obtain her teaching certification from Southern Oregon State College. She taught sixth grade for two years at A.D. Hay School in Lakeview. Ann later worked as a dental hygienist for 39 years. Initially she worked in the office of Dr. Harry Sabin, and subsequently, in the office of Dr. Michael J. Sabin. She loved working for the Sabins and visiting with her dental hygiene patients.
Bill and Ann raised cattle on the ranch while over time growing the business together, along with their two daughters, Jayne and Jill. Bill and Ann enjoyed visits from their nephews who spent summers and school vacations working on the ranch. Over the years they ran cattle in the Crooked Creek Valley, Drews Valley where Bill was raised, and on the “desert” in North Lake County near Abert and Alkali Lakes. Together, they embraced the usual challenges associated with ranching and agriculture. Ann was a skilled ranch hand; she was still gathering cattle on her late father’s horse, “Sundance,” into her 60’s in her Vic Cormie saddle.
Ann was an active member of many organizations. She was the Chairwoman of the National Beef Cook-off in Portland, Oregon in 1989. Bill and Ann enjoyed traveling to several states for these national events, leading up to the year Ann was the Chair. She was active in the Oregon Cattlewomen, Lake County Cattlewomen, and Soroptimist International of Lakeview. Ann was instrumental in the opening of the Lake County Round-Up Past Presidents’ Ed Garrett Museum in 1993, helping with content and display. She served as a school board member for Lake County School District 7 from 1984 until 1992. She served as a trustee on the Bernard Daly Educational Fund Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2018. She took great pride in being a part of organizations that promoted the beef industry, improved the lives of women and girls, and facilitated scholarships so that high school graduates in Lake County could pursue higher education. Ann was a Lake County Round-Up Princess in 1963.
Ann loved sewing, crafting, flower arranging, and spent many hours in her beautiful yard at the ranch. Her daughters always said she could get more done in a few hours than most people do in a day. She was a pro at preparing hot meals for the branding crew (neighbors and friends) on generator power, and there is no doubt Ann’s branding food incentivized the crew to show up year after year. She spent many days gathering and working cattle, and also loved taking care of her dental hygiene patients. She and Bill never missed their daughters’ many sporting events and activities and spent hours driving over the mountain passes to watch. Ann was very proud of her two daughters, Jayne and Jill, along with her four grandchildren, Flynn, Piper and Cash Davis and Jack Machado. She enjoyed being “Grammy” to her grandchildren.
Ann is survived by her husband of 55 years, Bill, daughter Jayne (Jarrod) Davis, grandchildren Flynn, Piper, and Cash, all of Boise, and daughter Jill Tracy and grandson, Jack, of Paso Robles. She is also survived by her sister, Cinda Weir (Steve) Holderman of Ontario, Oregon, and many nieces and nephews. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Margaret Weir.
A Rosary for Ann will be Monday, February 12th at 6 pm, followed by a Funeral Mass on Tuesday, February 13th at 10 am, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lakeview, Oregon. Burial will be at Westside Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Elks Lodge. Arrangements are being handled by Desert Rose Funeral Chapel in Lakeview. Visit www.desertrosefuneralchapel.com.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ann's memory to the Westside Cemetery, c/o Capstone CPA, 411 Center Street, Lakeview, Oregon 97630, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Westside Cemetery District
PO Box 688, Lakeview OR 97630