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Tracy J. Haffner Obituary


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“I am sorry this is as late as it is, I however just read about Tracy. How sad it was to read about Tracy's passing. I have often thought about Tracy...Read More »
1 of 48 | Posted by: George Browne - Las Vegas, NV

“My prayers are with the Haffner and Covington families. I only learned of Tracy's passing moments ago through an e-mail. I was priviledged to know...Read More »
2 of 48 | Posted by: David Barry (UWP Cast E-82) - AZ

“Dear Haffner/Covington families. I am so sorry to hear of your recent loss. Please know that my thoughts, prayers and love are coming your way...Read More »
3 of 48 | Posted by: Stacie Trick - Denver, CO

“Dear Haffner/Covington families. I am so sorry to hear of your recent loss. Please know that my thoughts, prayers and love are coming your way...Read More »
4 of 48 | Posted by: Stacie Trick - Denver, CO

“Our condolences and heart felt love to both Cov. and Nancy. We look forward to getting to know Tracy in heaven, she became a beautiful person. May...Read More »
5 of 48 | Posted by: Norbert L. & Judith L. Martin - TX

“Ah my Tracy, I just want to thank you, Derek & the kids for being my friend. How lucky I am. I believe God brought us together since needed a...Read More »
6 of 48 | Posted by: Beth Oligmueller - friend

“Tracy - Like so many others, I remember your smile, and your welcoming eyes. I still have the card you gave to me the day I left the cast. Your...Read More »
7 of 48 | Posted by: John Kelly - Longview, TX

“I reach out from a far to Tracy's family at this very sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you now, particularly to Tracy's husband and...Read More »
8 of 48 | Posted by: Brendan Quinlivan - Wellington

“I had the pleasure of knowing Tracy for nearly 35 years and it is my honor to be able to call her my friend. We worked the front counter at Dairy...Read More »
9 of 48 | Posted by: Nancy Fenimore - Littleton, CO

“Our condolences to all of Tracy's friends and family. She was a sweet, radiant person, and I know this must be really hard for all of you. I am...Read More »
10 of 48 | Posted by: June Wagner - CO

“To Nancy and Family, so sorry to hear of Tracy's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and family. Love the McVay's and Oberg's ”
11 of 48 | Posted by: Judy Oberg - Barrington, RI

“My heart goes out to the Haffner and Covington family in these difficult times.It was a joy and privilege to have known Tracy. A wonderful gal whom I...Read More »
12 of 48 | Posted by: Eric Metselaar - Bruges

“John, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. You will be in our prayers. ”
13 of 48 | Posted by: Jeff Buler & Family - Greeley, CO

“I was so sad to hear about Tracy's passing. I remember her from Columbine high school. She was always lauging, smiling and always very gentle and...Read More »
14 of 48 | Posted by: Marykay Murphy-Kolbeck - Derry, NH

“Tracy was a ray of sunshine during our year on the road. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Speed Tracy and may God's blessings be with...Read More »
15 of 48 | Posted by: George Lah - MN

“To Derek and family and to the Covington family: Please accept my sincere condolences in the passing of Tracy. From other remarks made from fellow...Read More »
16 of 48 | Posted by: Janice Webster - Toronto ON

“To Derek and their children To Tracy's parents and brothers My prayers for strength to you all in this tremendous loss. A shining star among us...Read More »
17 of 48 | Posted by: Rosaura Schroots (UWP E82) - TX

“Tracy was one of those people that everyone admired and loved in Up With People cast E 82. She had an infectious smile that never seized that could...Read More »
18 of 48 | Posted by: Gayle Holdsworth - madison, NJ

“We are so sorry about Tracy. Thinking about her just brings a smile to our face. I remember when Jonathan and Sean played soccer together. I...Read More »
19 of 48 | Posted by: Gary and Karen Galvin - Greeley, CO

“My sincerest condolences to Derek, children and the Covington family and the passing of dear Tracy. I will always remember Tracy from our year on the...Read More »
20 of 48 | Posted by: Judy O'Connor - Limerick., CO

“A beautiful borrowed angel has gone home and so many of of us were so blessed to know her. Sending the Haffner family prayers and blessings during...Read More »
21 of 48 | Posted by: Kari Strand - Croton-on-Hudson, NY

“Thinking of Tracy brings to mind beautiful smiles, contagious laughter and an amazing heart full of love and kindness. She had a mischievous side as...Read More »
22 of 48 | Posted by: Dawn Feist Kelly, Cast E - TX

“Up With People, Cast E82, was sweeter because of Tracy. I hope you can feel the love we send from around the globe. ”
23 of 48 | Posted by: Becky Hassler - St. Louis, MO

“I've logged on to Tracy's guest book twice and read all the wonderful words everyone has written; but feel like this makes it so final when I write...Read More »
24 of 48 | Posted by: Sherri Pitre Joslin - Lafayette, LA

“It is hard to believe that the world has lost one of its few real angels. Heaven has gained what we have lost. I am so sorry for your loss, but she...Read More »
25 of 48 | Posted by: Ray Notari - Dallas, PA

“We carry so many wonderful memories of the times we had with Tracy. Although we have not been back to Colorado for many years, she was always in our...Read More »
26 of 48 | Posted by: Andrew and Karen Guerra - TX

“I share your loss, along with the many other members of the Up with People community who remember Tracy with love. While I believe she is at peace...Read More »
27 of 48 | Posted by: Colleen Eastman - Brighton, CO

“My love and prayers to you all. Tracy will certainly be missed by many and remembered with fondness. God be with you. ”
28 of 48 | Posted by: Carolyn Tarman - Greeley, CO

“Dear Derek, Kate, Jonathan & Kendall: Our sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful wife and mother. Kate Gordon, Greg Davisson & Kelsey...Read More »
29 of 48 | Posted by: Kate Gordon - Greeley, CO

“Tracy was and has been an inspiration to so many of us. She has fought cancer like a trooper, not complained, and as I remember back to when you,...Read More »
30 of 48 | Posted by: Connie Long - Greeley, CO

“Remembering Tracy from afar and sending love courage and stength to her family and friends in this difficult time. ”
31 of 48 | Posted by: Catherine Dunne-Barry Cast E - CO

“Tracy what an inspiration you are to all your family and friends! We always will miss your loving,kind and gentle nature,and your beautiful smile! It...Read More »
32 of 48 | Posted by: Kim Hilmes - Greeley, CO

“How quickly we all became "family!" Tracy and I became friends just as quickly as our daughters did. It's hard for me to even remember my life...Read More »
33 of 48 | Posted by: Amy Clarkson and family - Greeley, CO

“God is good, all the time, and, all the time, God is good! This is the mantra Tracy embraced on her life's journey.You, Tracy, are our latest...Read More »
34 of 48 | Posted by: peg hess - Greeley, CO

“Thinking of you and know that she fought the good fight the best she could. She is good hands now and resting with her Lord without the pain and...Read More »
35 of 48 | Posted by: elizabeth Yount - Highlands Ranch, CO

“I never had the good fortune to meet Tracy, but my wife did. She has expressed the kindness Tracy showed to a friend of her brother Mike. Through the...Read More »
36 of 48 | Posted by: Richard Cooper - Denver, CO

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Please let us know if you need anything at all. ”
37 of 48 | Posted by: The Gilpin Family - Greeley, CO

“I know you already know how amazing your wife and mother was. I want you to know that other people thought that as well. She was very special and an...Read More »
38 of 48 | Posted by: Kim Paxton - Greeley, CO

“My heart is heavy this week for the loss of Tracy, your beloved wife and mother.What a beautiful strong women.God has a beautiful home for her, free...Read More »
39 of 48 | Posted by: Barbara Conley - Evans, CO

“I'm sending prayers to her family and friends. Tracy had a beautiful spirit and will always be in the hearts of those who traveled with her in Up...Read More »
40 of 48 | Posted by: Lisa Keeter - Asheville, NC

“We feel so blessed to have known Tracy over the past 10 years. She truly was a shining star to all who knew her and were in her space. With all she...Read More »
41 of 48 | Posted by: Megan and Andrew Weaver - Fruita, CO

“I am so saddend to hear of Tracy's passing, but am grateful she no longer suffers. She was a good friend to my sister Melinda at CHS and I always...Read More »
42 of 48 | Posted by: Valerie Wasserman Pelc - CO

“Thank you Tracy for being a part of my life, even though it was for such a short time. I am sure God has taken you in his loving embrace and said ...Read More »
43 of 48 | Posted by: Howard Brawner - Evans, CO

“Tracy was an inspiration and an amazing friend. She always had time to listen; and always with such care. Her smile and her laugh were so contagious;...Read More »
44 of 48 | Posted by: Pam Korth - Greeley, CO

“Tracy was the beloved "sweetheart" of Up With People Cast E 1982. She touched all our hearts and left an indelible impression. Tracy: Thank you for a...Read More »
45 of 48 | Posted by: Mark Glubke - New York, NY

“I am sorry to learn of Tracy's passing. Her energy, sweetness, and dedication to friends greatly enhanced my senior year of high school. And not only...Read More »
46 of 48 | Posted by: Mark Bigelow - Centerport, NY

“Tracy was an anchor for me in high school. We had such fun times and I am privileged to have been her friend. The world is a dimmer place without...Read More »
47 of 48 | Posted by: Pam Chapman - Sussex, WI

“Derrick, Kate, Jonathon and Kendall, I remember the beautiful smile and loving personality Tracy had when you were connected to Madison Elementary...Read More »
48 of 48 | Posted by: Connie Greenwalt - Greeley, CO


"Be still and know that I am God." Tracy Haffner became still after a courageous three-year fight with cancer on November 28, 2010 in Greeley, Colorado. Known for her resolute faith in God and unbridled optimism in every one she met, Tracy lived life abundantly as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. An alumna of Columbine High School's class of 1978, she was born in Boulder, Colorado on December 21, 1959. Following two years of study at Colorado State University, Tracy joined Cast E of Up With People, traveling and performing throughout North America and Northern Europe as a chorus member and advance team lead. With an engaging smile and infectious laugh, Tracy captivated the hearts of those she encountered, ever broadening her circle of friends. She married the love of her life J. Derek Haffner on September 6, 1997 at Parker United Methodist Church, Parker, Colorado. Together they enjoyed the privilege of raising three amazing children – Kate, Jonathan, and Kendall, while instilling in them a love for God, family, and the wonders of the Rocky Mountain West. Following her passion for children, Tracy worked as a Teaching Assistant at Anne K. Heiman Elementary in Evans, Colorado. Tracy is survived by her husband, Derek and their children Kate Haffner, Jonathan Haffner, and Kendall Haffner. Also surviving are her parents, Doug Covington of Englewood and Nancee Schweers of Greeley, her brothers Tim Covington of Crested Butte and Mike Covington of Aurora and niece Andrea Covington of Greeley. A public visitation will be held at the Allnutt Macy Chapel, 702 13th Street, Greeley, from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, December 2, 2010. Services include a candlelight memorial at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 2nd at the Evans United Methodist Church and the funeral service at 9:30 a.m. Friday, December 3rd at the First United Methodist Church of Greeley, followed by a service of Christian burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Northern Colorado in care of Allnutt, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631. The family also gratefully acknowledges the care she received by Dr. William Oligmueller, Dr. Douglas Kemme, Drs. Rob and Kelli Janata, the staff of North Colorado Medical Center, and Dr. Ross Camidge and staff at University Hospital's Anschutz Cancer Center.

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