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She was born Nov. 17, 1973, in Gallup, New Mexico, and grew up on and near the Navaho Indian Reservation until the Hale family moved to Wichita Falls, Texas in 1978.
Always a social person, she enjoyed making friends at an early age at University Academy Pre-school, and on through Jefferson Elementary, McNiel Jr. High, S.H. Rider High School, Vernon College and Midwestern State University.
As a high school student, she was active in band and Acapella choir. Her love for different cultures came to life when she got to travel to Europe on a tour with the choir. Tracy had perfect attendance for 12 years in the Wichita Falls ISD. As a senior in high school, Tracy achieved a diploma in Social Music, awarded by the National Piano Teachers' Guild. She played the piano beautifully and brought music and joy to many occasions. In College, Tracy made the Dean's List, played in the Mustang band, and was a member of Tau Beta Sigma band sorority. She earned a Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene and received the Proctor and Gamble Outstanding Dental Hygienist award.
Tracy worked hard her entire life, starting at AMC theaters, Wal-Mart Pharmacy, and Bernice's Flowers. After her certification in dental hygiene, she worked locally for Drs. Nesmith, Jerosz, Neale, Dental Works and Stone Lake Dental.
Tracy had known Maurice "Mo" Salkowski in high school and they rekindled their friendship which became an amazing love that resulted in marriage. They celebrated their love and exchanged vows at Byers United Methodist Church on Dec. 31, 2010. This was a wonderful and joyful occasion for all who attended as we watched her new husband joyfully kiss her.
She and Mo lived in San Antonio, Pensacola, Fla., Houston, Spring, Texas and Royse City, Texas, and made lifelong friends. Tracy was active in TOPS, attained KOPS status, attended State Recognition Days and won several awards. She worked in many dental offices providing the very best care and was deeply appreciated by all her patients.
One of the highlights of Tracy's life was singing in the Don Cowan Legacy Choir and performing at Memorial Auditorium in Wichita Falls and the Bass Performance Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She fell in love with the Emerald Coast in Florida and enjoyed time with family and friends. University United Methodist Church was her church home growing up and she re-discovered the gift of a church family at the First United Methodist Church in Royse City.
One of her greatest joys was becoming a mother to her son, Bruce "Dawson" Hale. Recently, another great joy was the birth of her precious daughter, BoWynne Darby Hale. She loved being a mother and felt that was her greatest accomplishment. Tracy and Mo gave the surname "Hale" to the children to continue to Hale family name.
Tracy was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence and Lola Johnson, and David Hale.
She is survived by her loving husband, Mo Salkowski; son, Bruce Dawson; daughter, BoWynne Darby; parents, Bruce and Carol Hale; sister, Terri Hale Whitgrove (Lee); grandmother, Mary Hale; mother-in-law, CAS Salkowski; sister-in-law, Mollie Paterakis; two brothers-in-law; special friends, Jason Shane Duckworth (Seph), Kevin Drew and Rika Blake; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Dec. 1, at 12:12 p.m., at University United Methodist Church, 3405 Taft Blvd., in Wichita Falls, Texas, led by Rev Tom Medley, UUMC and Rev. Chris Everson of Royse City UMC. A reception will follow in the UUMC Fellowship Hall for all friends and family of Tracy.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owensandbrumley.com
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