Betty B. Tracey, 85, of Geneseo, died surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society, in Geneseo. A memorial service was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee officiated. Inurnment followed at the Rock Island National Cemetery. A visitation was from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at the funeral home where a rosary was prayed at 4 p.m. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be left to the Betty Tracey Memorial Fund and will be dispersed to several local charities.

Betty B. Tracey, 85, of Geneseo, died surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society, in Geneseo. A memorial service was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee officiated. Inurnment followed at the Rock Island National Cemetery. A visitation was from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at the funeral home where a rosary was prayed at 4 p.m. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be left to the Betty Tracey Memorial Fund and will be dispersed to several local charities.

Betty was born Dec. 3, 1932, in Thomson Township, the daughter of Franklin and Ila (Lease) Brown. She was a graduate of Savanna High School and also attended Black Hawk College where she received her broker’s license. Betty was united in marriage to Victor M. Tracey Jr. on Jan. 11, 1953, in Savanna. Betty and Vic raised four wonderful children together and were co-owners of Metro Reality, in Geneseo, for many years. Vic preceded her in death on May 7, 2014.

After her time in real estate, Betty worked as a bookkeeper for the Hardee’s Corporation and later Paul Miller. She also worked briefly for H&R Block. Betty was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, in Geneseo, and had participated as a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose. She was one of the founding members of the Kitchen Quarterback Club for the Green Machine football team. Betty and Vic enjoyed doing crafts and woodworking together. They worked from a woodshop in their home, which they named Kerfs & ‘Krylics and would take their products to several craft shows in the area to be sold. Betty also enjoyed crocheting and was an incredible cook. Most of all, Betty loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Nancy (Mark) Argue, of Mount Horeb, Wis.; Carol Tracey (Lewis Opsal), of Geneseo; and Cheryl (Scott) Specht, of Port Byron; son, Ron (Lori) Tracey, of Geneseo; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Betty also is survived by her brother, George Brown, of Thomson; and her sister-in-law, Mary Jo Tracey, of Savanna. She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Ila; her husband, Vic; a brother, Vernon Brown; and a sister, Barbara Cottral.