A Reflection of Her Life…. Ms. Tracy Laverne Vann was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Phylis Vann. She was raised from her infancy to adulthood by Ms. Pickens. She was birthed into a large family and was preceded in death by birth Mother, Phylis Vann; The Mother who raised her, Ms. Pickens, Gertie Williams, Sister; Brothers, Eric “Tiny” Johnson, and Edward Toombs.
Tracy was educated in the Kansas City Public Schools, graduating in East High School’s class of 1981. As a teenager she joined the Kansas City JOY (Job Opportunities for Youth) program. Through the JOY program, Tracy began to intern at Samuel Rodgers Health Center. The JOY program sparked into the heart of the young Tracy Vann a desire for a career in the medical field. When she reached the age of eighteen, she joined Samuel Rodgers as a full time Phlebotomist. With a career as a Phlebotomist.
Tracy found her niche and purpose while assisting patients through their medical visits. She had regular patients who became friends. Tracy comforted & educated her patients through the varied changes of their lives and was lauded for the work she effortlessly developed into her life’s calling. After twenty years of service at Samuel Rodgers Health Center, Tracy moved her expertise to Children’s Mercy Hospital, with a promotion to the Lab Send Out Coordinator. Tracy loved her work and was not only educated about her position but was informed about the roles of other staff as well. She would enjoy more than twenty year employment with each medical services organization.
On October 4, 1986 at the tender age of eighteen, Tracy birthed her one and only son, Theron Vann. Tracy loved Theron with everything inside of her and showed it endlessly. She supported his sports adventures, scholastic activities and other pursuits and ideas. Theron blessed Tracy with a grandson, Joel who quickly became her pride and joy.
Tracy received Christ at a very early age as a member of the St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, under Pastor Kaiser Starr and First Lady Isabelle Starr. She labored in the church singing in the choir and any other activities that Ms. Pickens identified. After leaving St. Thomas MBC, Tracy united with the New Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church. If you review her Facebook page, you will find her heart on display with timely, daily word posts which others looked forward to reading each day.
Tracy had a funny, sarcastic, and very direct manner of dealing with others. Ha! But she loved others greatly. She was many of our introduction to great music such as Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Charlie Wilson and Gerald Levert. She attended their concerts anytime they were within traveling distance.
Tracy was the oldest girl of the Roden bunch and she is sorely missed already. We know that she’s now dancing with her heavenly Father. Tracy transitioned into eternity on Sunday, May 30, 2021. She leaves to cherish her legacy: Son, Theron Vann; Grandson, Joel Vann; Siblings: Angie, Catriese, Christopher (KS), Cindy, Curtis, Delisa, Kenneth, Kelly(Bryan), Lashan, Nicole(NE), Senjon (Meagan, MI), Stacy (OH), Wayne(Dashonna) and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and special friends.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021, 2:00pm at Watkins Heritage Chapel. Interment XII Gates Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 1pm-2pm at the chapel. Service conducted by Lawrence A. Jones & Sons Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be shared on our website. Due to COVID-19 protocol, social distancing and face coverings are required indoors.
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