On April 8th, 2021, Tracy died at the age of 57 of a brain tumour.
Tracy is lovingly remembered by her husband of 26 years, Michael McKenzie, her young adult daughters, Molly and Sophie McKenzie, her sister, Terri Stewart (Greg), nephew and niece, Brad and Sydney, and many extended family members in Penticton, Trail, Kamloops, and the Lower Mainland, along with a large circle of friends and colleagues.
Born and raised in Penticton, B. C., Tracy was predeceased by her mother Lois Truant nee Schjodt, with whom she shared an uncanny resemblance and a vigour for life, and her aunt, Sharon Wilcox.
Professionally, Tracy was highly accomplished, and contributed greatly to the advancement of cancer nursing care provincially, nationally, and regionally. Details of these contributions may be found in a tribute on the website of the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia https://nursing-alumni.sites.olt.ubc.ca/home-page/amazing-alumni-1980s/tracy-truant-bsn88-msn98-phd18/.
In 1988, Tracy met Michael McKenzie. After many adventures, in August 1994, she and Michael were married. In the midst of Tracy’s work on her Masters in Nursing at UBC, eldest daughter Sophie was born in July 1997. Younger daughter Molly arrived in May 2000. Tracy was a devoted mother which led her to become involved in parent-participation Tom Thumb Preschool in Dunbar in Vancouver, of which she served as Co-President for a time, while she also remained busy in her career. As a family, Tracy, Michael, Sophie and Molly enjoyed many adventures locally and abroad.
Tracy also enjoyed spending a lot of time with friends, at and outside work, and was known for her energy, generosity, and loyalty.
Tracy navigated her cancer journey with courage, kindness, and grace, inspiring so many along the way.
For the support of so many people during Tracy’s illness and after her death, Michael, Sophie and Molly would like to express profound gratitude. Those who would like to recognize and contribute to Tracy’s legacy may do so through a donation to the University of British Columbia School of Nursing by click on the link.