Tracey Elizabeth Blake, 58, of Overland Park, KS, finished her earthly race Thursday, February 24, 2022, while at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO.
LIFE:She was born November 8, 1963 in Tulsa, OK to Arthur J. & Mildred Barlow. She was the eldest of three children. Her two brothers were Kevin Barlow and David Barlow. She was married on June 6, 1986 at the Tulsa Bible Fellowship Center to Gregory A. Blake of South Charleston, WV.She engaged in post-secondary studies at Kansas Christian College, where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and the Metropolitan Community Colleges, where she received the Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapy.Tracey started a 30+ year professional career as a Physical Therapy Assistant at the Independence Regional Health Center of Independence, MO (today, known as Centerpointe), then the LifeCare Center of Evergreen in Evergreen, CO and completed her career with the Midland Care Corporation of Topeka, KS.
Besides her childhood home of Tulsa, OK, Tracey resided in Overland Park, KS; Independence, MO; Kansas City, KS; Conifer, CO and back to Overland Park. Over the course of her professional career in Physical Therapy and partnering alongside her husband in local church ministries, Tracey became a beloved leader by the way she served others. Although “behind the scenes” most of the time, her devotion to God shown through in her devotion to her family, her job, co-workers and patients, her church family and her neighbors. In those few spare moments away from always giving to others, one of the greatest things that brought her joy and satisfaction was when she had her hands in the dirt, tending to her flowers and plants.
FAMILY:She is survived by her husband, Gregory A. Blake, Overland Park; her children – son, Trenton Blake, his wife, Amanda and her first grandchild, Levi of Overland Park, KS; daughter, Alayna Blake, of Overland Park, KS; her parents, Arthur J. & Mildred Barlow of Tulsa, OK; and her brother, Kevin Barlow, of Broken Arrow, OK. She is preceded in death by her youngest brother, David Barlow, of Manhattan, NY.
SERVICE:A Life Celebration Service will be held on Saturday, March 5, at 1:30 in the afternoon, on the campus of Kansas Christian College, in the Cowen Memorial Auditorium (7020 W. 74thSt.); Rev. E. G. Mullins, officiant. A Visitation and viewing period will precede the service in the same location at 11:00am.
The Johnson County Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66212, is in charge of arrangements and that will also be the place of Tracey's interment. For more information, call (913) 451-1860
Heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Luke’s Hospital who did everything they could to care for Tracey. Thank you to the thousands that have prayed for Tracey and the family and expressed their love and support in a variety of ways.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”