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It all started on April 12, 1974. Tracey was a bundle of joy from the start. She was born at Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford, Delaware to James and Roslyn Harris. “To know her was to love her”. Tracey Yvette Harris received her heavenly wings on Friday, July 28, 2023.
During her transition, Tracey had Angels watching over her as well as her mother Roslyn, Aunt Kim, and Cousin Lexine. She met Christ, gained her wings, and went with the Lord as he wrapped his loving arms around her and took her home to be with Him.
Her spiritual journey started at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church where she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized as an infant.
Tracey was an active participant in all areas of church ministries which helped to develop her spiritual journey. She was faithful in thought, word, and deed because of her spiritual relationship with Christ. She was a member of the Youth Choir, Youth Fellowship, Sunday School, and loved the annual youth conference trips to Ocean City, Maryland where she eventually became a youth counselor. She was a member of the Daniels Family Gospel Choir from the time she was a child into her adult life.
While attending St. Paul UM Church, she served in the following capacities: membership committee, SPRC and Administrative Council Secretary.
TRACEY EXEMPLIFIED what a true Christian looked like. During her illness, she never complained but looked to the Lord for comfort. She was a true witness for all who visited because of her relationship with the Lord.
Tracey received her education in the Milford School District, where she played basketball and soccer. At one of her varsity basketball games, she scored 30 points. Her mom was her biggest cheerleader. She also attendd Norfolk State University and Delaware State University where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. During her illness, she was working towards acquiring her Masters degree in Educational Leadership.
Tracey never gave up.
Tracey was employed at the James T. Vaugh Correctional Center as a guard from 1998 -2016 and The United Postal Service from 2017-2019. In 2018, she was employed at the Early College School @ Delaware State University as a paraprofessional. She coached girls basketball & soccer. She was fondly called Coach Harris, which was one of her lifelong dreams.
Tracey was a great sports enthusiast and began bouncing a basketball at an early age. This launched the development of her lifelong whirlwind of friendships, and relationships. Tracey touched the hearts of many through basketball, youth, and work activities.
Her willingness to be a friend to all was infectious. She loved everyone but was a no-nonsense person. She said what she said and meant what she said. One of her favorite one-liners was, “And mean it!”
Tracey was a diehard San Francisco 49ers fan. She also admired Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, & Mickey Mouse.
Tracey loved her family dearly. Most of the time that you saw her she was with her mother. Tracey also had a very special bond with her dad. When her dad could no longer drive long distances, she became the family driver for her parents. Tracey’s big brother Jimmy was her heart; she loved her some Jimmy.
Tracey was also assisted by her Uncle Lester, who spent countless hours caring for her father while her mother was with her, her Aunt Kim who became her “Shero” and Daynene Scott who was her bedside buddy during the last few months of her life.
Tracey had a special bond with “THE 5”. Her first sisters, Lex, Cindy, Renee, and Brandyce who are her mother's sisters' daughters. The 5 were raised from birth as sisters as well as her “Brother Gonnie”, they were the original twins.
Tracey also had a special bond with her “sista-friends” who were with her throughout her illness.
She enjoyed family gatherings. Whether it be reunions, parties, or traveling with family & friends, she was there. She always supported her little cousins at events such as basketball games which she rarely missed, graduations, birthday parties, and even took them on trips. That’s the kind of love she had for her family.
Tracey was ALL ABOUT FAMILY!!
She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents and her brother David Lewis.
She leaves to cherish her parents James and Roslyn Harris, Sr., one brother James Harris, Jr, 2 Godchildren: Xavier Daniels and Kim Smith. Godfather Vance G. Daniels, Sr. and her God sister Toni Daniels. Six aunts: Rev. Dr. Jeanel D. Starling (James), Evelyn Travis (Norman), Cynthia D. Williams (Robert), Kim Daniels, Sadie V. Sample-Green (Alphonso) and Nada Harris; 9 uncles: Vance G. Daniels, Sr., Frederick Daniels, Lloyd N Daniels (Bertha), Maurice Daniels (Charmaine), James A. Daniels (Anita), Kimphus C. Daniels, Douglas Sample (Angela), Lester R. Boyd and Carl H Boyd and a host of cousins, family and friends.
FAITHFUL STRONG DETERMINED LOVING COMMITTED DEDICATED
A funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 12, 2023 at Wesley Chapel U.M. Church, 23115 Slaughter Neck Road, Lincoln, DE 19960 where there will be a viewing from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. Saturday. Burial will follow in Old Hickory Cemetery, Slaughter Neck. Online condolences may be made via www.pippinfuneralhome.com.