Tracey Dawn Turnbull, 63
Tracey Dawn Turnbull, 63, peacefully passed away Dec. 3, 2017, at University of Washington Medical Center. Tracey, a longtime resident of Coeur d’Alene, passed after a short battle with PTLD (Post Transplant Lymphoma Disease.) She was at peace with her decision and so was her family.
In her far-too-short life, Tracey was superhuman in the eyes of her family and friends. While her time on earth was determinate, the impact she left was not. Tracey was the essence of strength personified. In fact, Tracey spent her entire life proving experts wrong while defining all odds.
Tracey was born in Long Beach, Calif., on April 1, 1954, to John and Renee Croy, with a brain tumor. Her chance to survive and thrive was going to take a hell of a fight. Shortly after her family moved to Idaho, her older brother, Jimmy, passed away. After graduating from Post Falls High School, she became one of the first and only female telephone pole climbers for GTE. After finding true love and marrying her best friend, Bart Turnbull, she suddenly lost Bart in a logging accident, leaving her widowed with two young boys.
Years later her sister, Shari Wandler, passed away suddenly, leaving behind a young boy, Trent Croy-Wandler. A few years later both of her parents passed away within six hours of each other. Once again leaving Trent in need of a legal guardian. Tracey immediately adopted him. Tracey was soon diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension, a lung and heart disorder. On Sept. 21, 2013, Tracey was given a definitive expiration if she did not receive a lung transplant within 12 hours. By the grace of God they found a suitable match and she conquered a double lung transplant at 59 years old after spending 53 days recovering in the ICU. Experts told her they didn’t think she would make it more than a year or two following the transplant. Over four years later Tracey began a bout with PTLD (lymphoma cancer) that she was ready to fight. However, after 25 days in the hospital and a life flight to Seattle, the disease rapidly took its toll. Once it was determined she could not live the life she wanted, she made the decision to hang up her gloves, accept reprieve from the constant struggle and take her husband’s hand to paradise.
Tracey is survived by both of her biological sons, Cory and Cole; their spouses, Griffen and Tabatha, along with her first granddaughter, Tatum May Turnbull and expectant granddaughter, Joey Dawn Turnbull. Tracey also leaves behind her adopted son, Trent Croy-Wandler; her beloved service pup, Mr. Pickles; sister, Kim Engan; sister-in-laws, Patricia Kovatch, Deborah Wolfe and Tana Rekofke; along with many nieces and nephews and her best friend, Jeanne Timmons. Tracey was preceded in death by her husband, Bart Turnbull; parents, Johnny and Renee Croy; brother, Jimmy Croy and sister, Shari Wandler.
A memorial will be held for Tracey D. Turnbull at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at the Lake City Community Church. Following the service there will be a party (as she demanded) at the Hayden Lake Eagles, from 2 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers an account is being set up to help support local organ transplant patients.