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Tracey Jean Briner Telford

(Jan. 23, 1958 - Jan. 30, 2014)

Tracey Jean Briner Telford of Powell died Jan. 30, 2014, in Cheyenne. She was 56.

A memorial service is planned for the summer.

Tracey was born Jan. 23, 1958, in Casper. She moved to Guernsey as a child where she attended Guernsey-Sunrise Schools, graduating in 1976.

Tracey married Boyce Telford and the couple later divorced.

She attended Northwest College at Powell and earned an associate of arts degree with an emphasis on interior design. Her love of these studies was reflected in her enjoyment of retail sales in fine art and home decor, as well as her personal passion for antique hunting and decor restoration. Her many artistic talents were evident in the homes of family and friends, and were often displayed at charity and volunteer events.

Tracey worked for many years as an administrative assistant for the English Department at Northwest College in Powell. She promoted education and teamwork for children through the creation of several school and community programs that continue today.

Tracey later worked as a social director at Powell Valley Care Center and Rocky Mountain Manor, where her talents for bringing joy to others was apparent in the many activities and programs she facilitated.

Tracey had a love of animals, nature and was an advocate for wildlife conservation. She was a member of Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited, among other organizations.

Tracey volunteered at schools, retirement facilities and throughout the community where she had a knack for bringing joy to those in need through surprise visits, baking and other activities.

Tracey also raised three talented children, which she considered her greatest accomplishment. She was proud of their educations and career choices and was a cheerleader for each one.

Tracey is survived by her three children, Jada and partner Seth of Maine, Forest and partner Sally of Washington, and Stuart James and fiancé Michela of Laramie; her mother Toni Earle Briner; brother Stuart of Guernsey; sister Penny of Albuquerque, N.M.; uncles, aunts and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Briner, her grandparents and uncles.

The family requests memorials in Tracey’s honor be made to the Powell Animal Shelter, P.O. 504, Powell WY, 82435.

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4 comments

  • posted by Brittni

    February 13, 2014 9:12 pm

    My condolences to Tracey's family. The art I remember most in her home was the work she did with pheasant feathers. She was a very talented woman. Jada, Forest and Stuart I am so sorry for your loss.

    Brittni Rademacher King

  • posted by Madeleine Van Epps

    February 13, 2014 7:49 pm

    I, too, am very sorry to hear about Tracey. I have many fond memories and a Pheasant feathers frame to constantly remember her by. She and my late husband were such good friends. My best to Jada, Forest and Stuart.
    Love to you all Madeleine Van Epps.

  • posted by Patti Sparks

    February 13, 2014 4:09 pm

    I can hardly say how much I thought of Tracey; she was a great friend when our boys were friends and I really thought so much of her. She was a wonderful person. May Peace and Blessings be with her family. Love to you, Patti Sparks

  • posted by Dave Lauderman

    February 13, 2014 3:59 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Tracey Jean. She had a good heart, loved life, ker kids, and was always very positive and fun to be around. She left the world too early. What a shame.

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