Traci Lee Long, 47, of Iowa City, formerly of Anamosa, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Gay & Ciha Funeral
and Cremation Service in Iowa City with burial to follow at the Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the services Saturday at the funeral home. The family is asking anyone attending to wear casual Hawkeye apparel or black and gold/yellow in remembrance of Traci.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Traci's memory to Camp Courageous, P.O. Box 418, Monticello, IA 52310; or www.campcourageous.org. To share a thought, memory or condolence, please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.
Traci was born June 24, 1971, in Mason City, Iowa. A short time after, she was adopted by her parents, Jim and Bonita. Growing up in Anamosa, she graduated from Anamosa High School in 1990. She moved to Iowa City shortly after graduation, where she was involved with Systems Unlimited and Reach for Your Potential. Traci worked for many years at Handicare in Iowa City, where she enjoyed taking care of all the little ones. Traci enjoyed collecting Beanie Babies with her mom, fishing with her dad and brother Wade, loved all animals big and small and the Iowa Hawkeyes no matter what kind of season they were having. She was a global messenger for Special Olympics, having not only participated for decades, but traveling with and sharing her passion for the games all over. She was proud to be a part of the Best Buddies Program locally and Camp Courageous in Monticello. But most of all her family and friends were her world!
She is survived by her two brothers, Wade and Trent; her aunts and uncles, Gloria and Calvin Badding, Gladys Long and Mary Havard; many generations of cousins; and hundreds of friends.