Obituaries detail

Tracy L. Long
Apr 26,1961---Apr 07,2017
Tracy Long, 55, finished her fight with ovarian cancer on April 7, 2017. She was born in McPherson, KS on April 26, 1961 to Jerry and Joan Griffis (McPherson, KS). She attended McPherson High School and McPherson College where she was a three sport letterman. She married Gary Long on May 19, 1984. She raised three children and was blessed to spend one wonderful year with her only granddaughter.
Tracy was a Chemist and a phenomenal athlete. She was a pioneer in woman’s sports and in the workplace. She was never afraid to jump in a pickup basketball game. She exhibited the same strength and aggressiveness during her fight against cancer as she did on the basketball court. She never let her cancer hold her back. While undergoing weekly chemotherapy treatments, she walked nearly every day and played golf several times a week. Her strength and courage was an inspiration to everyone around her.
Tracy had a deep love for her family and friends. She opened her heart and home to family and friends who needed a place to stay or an ear to listen. Through this openness she developed a deep bond with her oldest niece Bailey. She left an impact on those who felt her love and kindness. She is survived by her husband Gary Long, daughter Kelsy Allison (Jake Allison), daughter Haley Long (Bruce Rushing), son Riley Long, granddaughter Evelyn Allison, parents, Jerry and Joan Griffis, sister Cindy Schrad (Doug Schrad), a nephew, and six nieces. She is preceded in death by her son Connor Long.
A celebration of life will take place on April 15, 2017 at Rainbow Mennonite Church, 1444 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, KS 66103, at 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rainbow Mennonite Church at
 or Good Shepard Hospice,
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Rainbow Mennonite Church
1444 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City
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Date of Service:
Apr 15 ,2017
Time of Service:
04:00 pm
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Kristen (Oswald) Farnet Apr 09 ,2017

Grade school friend to Haley ,Basehor ,Kansas

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.

Joe & Kim Fabi Apr 09 ,2017

Friend ,Woodbury ,Minnesota

Praying for the Long family, and the celebration of Tracy's life which was filled with many blessings. God gifted her in many ways, and her legacy will live on. Our prayer is that God provides a peace and comfort to your family, that comes with knowing that she is no longer in pain and that she is with her eternal father in Heaven. May God Bless4F5

Dana Paige Apr 09 ,2017

I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences and prayers to the family.

Sara and Joseph Mwagura Apr 09 ,2017

friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Hello, we didn't know Tracy very well, but the contact we had with her at Rainbow Mennonite showed us that she was a beautiful soul. Our prayers are with your whole family.

Paula McAllister Apr 09 ,2017

Friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

I am so sorry to hear about Tracy! She was a very sweet & Loving person. My thoughts & prayers go out to the Long Family. Sincerely, Paula J McAllister

Lee Budesheim Apr 09 ,2017

H.S. friend of Gary ,Omaha ,Nebraska

My deep condolences on the sad departure of your beloved wife. I hope you and your family will find some solace in the many happy memories of Tracy that you can share, remember, and cherish. My thought and prayers are with you.

Vern Lynn Apr 10 ,2017

Lynn Family ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Thoughts and prayers for Gary and kids and entire extended family and friends. Tracy was an angel on earth.

Sandy Nichols Robinson Apr 10 ,2017

college friend ,Wilson ,Kansas

It was a joy and a pleasure to attend college with Tracy. She was a wonderful mentor to play all three sports with her. God has rewarded her by bringing her home. May you find strength and soar on the wings of the Angels.

Phillip and Tammy Sass Apr 10 ,2017

High School Friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.

Pat Johnson Apr 10 ,2017

Dental office professional ,Overland Park ,Kansas

To the family of Tracey Long the Bible teaches us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We encourage you stay strong and to trust in the Lord during this time. For we do not morn as one without hope. For we know that Tracey is in a better place, no more sorrow no more pain. We are praying for you may God comfort you doing this time. God bless you is my prayer.

Katie Michalski Apr 10 ,2017

Life long friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

No words to say the grief you and your family has gone through. She was awesome in every way. Much love to you and your entire family.

Tom Dux Apr 10 ,2017

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

There are so many adjectives that describe Tracy; smart, helpful, patient, kind, attentive, thorough, strong, objective. She was a great person, a good teammate and an excellent scientist. She made the world a better place in so many ways. My day was always brighter after seeing Tracy. My burdens were always lighter after her help. She is missed by many. May God bless and keep you at this time of loss, take comfort in the sure belief she is loved and in a good place.

Tara Karr Apr 10 ,2017

Former co-worker of Gary ,Indianapolis ,Indiana

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. May you find peace in the coming weeks and months in the comfort of your family and friends. My thoughts an prayers are with you.

Angela Vlasic (Zeleznak) Apr 10 ,2017

Friend ,Basehor ,Kansas

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Gary you are all in my thoughts and prayers so sorry for your loss. Hugs Angela

Kylie Greischar Apr 10 ,2017

Friend to Haley ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Thinking of you and your family, Haley. You are such an amazing person and a face I love to see every week. My sincerest condolences to your and your family during such a difficult time.

Roger Bardsley Apr 10 ,2017

Co-Worker ,Dayton ,Ohio

No words can express my sorrow for the loss of such a wonderful wife, mother and human being. She was such a blessing to work with and a great friend while I was in Kansas City, along with her husband Gary and his family. She was also blessed to have a great husband like Gary. So many great memories, printing campaign posters with Gary, re roofing their house, trying to decide if I should drive her to the hospital from work when her first daughter was born knowing she was in labor.

Phil and Beth Ashley Apr 10 ,2017

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Gary and kids: We are so sorry to hear about Tracy's passing. Please know that while we were not there with you guys in person we have been thinking about you all and praying for you. I'm sure you all have great memories that will last forever. I'll never forget a "touch" football game we once played at city park on Thanksgiving am. Tracy, Taylor and I all went up to catch a pass and Tracy fell face down on hard dried mud only to have Taylor fall on top of her head. She was the first one to pop up and go back to the huddle. She didn't even brush off. That's the kind of tough person she was. We were all luckier for having known her. Love, the Ashleys

Dennis Carnahan Apr 10 ,2017

Friend ,Lawrence ,Kansas

Gary I am deeply saddened by the loss of your wife. I am praying for you and the family through this difficult time.

Thomas R. Fields Apr 11 ,2017

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

Prayers for all of you at this time. Take care and I hope to see you soon. Tomas

Sandee Life Apr 11 ,2017

College friend ,Estes Park ,Colorado

Gary and family, I am so sorry to read this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember Tracy and her happy spirit. She is missed.

Mindy Sympson-Stagner Apr 11 ,2017

Classmate ,Stilwell ,Kansas

Gary, I'm so sorry to hear of Tracy's passing. You all will be in my prayers in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Deb Neher Apr 17 ,2017

college dorm mate ,Burlington ,Vermont

Sending peace and love to Gary and family at the loss of Tracy. I had the honor of living next door to Tracy in college and always appreciated her kindness and support. Gary, you were in the first class that I took at McPherson College taught by Goldsmith.