Tracey Stanford Forehand died June 27, 2018 at her home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She was 54.
Tracey was born in Pensacola, Florida, to Judith Hunt Hildebrand Stanford and Donald Lloyd Stanford. She grew up in Camden, South Carolina, and graduated from Camden High School with the class of 1982.
After high school, Tracey embarked on a career in health care, working as a registered nurse for more than 30 years at hospitals in Enterprise, Alabama; Columbia, South Carolina; Napierville, Illinois; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. She finished her career as an infection control nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
She was the matriarch of her extended family, organizing reunions and making sure all could attend. She was a talented cook who enjoyed preparing food for friends and family. Recently, her side dishes helped claim multiple People’s Choice Awards at Kansas City Barbecue Society competitions. She loved animals, especially dogs neglected or abandoned by others such as Buddy, Brooks, Roxy and Gidget.
Tracey was a tireless advocate for others. She excelled at all she did, and if she was in your corner, woe to those who would stand in your way.
Tracey had a special bond with her grandparents, Tom and Ellen Hildebrand of Bostic, North Carolina, and she helped care for them in their later years. They preceded her in death, as did her parents.
Tracey is survived by her husband, Michael Hobbs of Tulsa; her daughter, Brooke Forehand of Enterprise, Alabama; her brother, Scott Stanford of Lawrence, Kansas; her sisters, Laura Smith of Grand Junction, Colorado, and Courtney McManus of Lugoff, South Carolina; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held June 30 at Floral Haven Funeral Home in Broken Arrow. It was Tracey’s wish that she be cremated and that her ashes be scattered in the Laurel Hill Methodist Church Cemetery near Emporia, Virginia, where the ashes of her mother and grandparents were scattered. The family plans a private gathering later this summer to comply with her wishes.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the LowRider Dachsund Rescue of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.