Lee Toups Olson Class of 1970
Posted: 07/14/2009 5:56 PM
Tracie Lee Olson, 56, was called by God to come
home on July 10, 2009. She passed away peacefully at Central
Wyoming Hospice. Tracie was born in Texas City, TX, on Aug 8,
1952, to Ray and Jean Toups and was the 2nd oldest of six children.
Her father’s work took the family to Europe and Asia, and she attended
grade school in Naples Italy. She graduated from the International
School of Bangkok, Thailand, in 1970. When she returned to the United
States, she met her soul mate, Randy Olson. They were married Oct.
9, 1970 and settled in Casper, Wyoming where they raised two sons.
Tracie worked for the federal government for 25 years and retired as
Supervising Budget Analyst and Administrative Officer for the Bureau of
Reclamation. Tracie was a favorite Sunday and Vacation Bible School
teacher and member of Faith Bible Chapel. One of her passions was
teaching young people. She was known
for her storytelling and delightful sense of humor. She will
always be remembered for scaring her nieces and nephews with a gripping
story of “Squish Plop” while floating down the river at dusk.
She relished being voted “Gumbo Queen” numerous times over the last
two decades at the annual family gumbo cook-off. Tracie also loved
the water. Many of Randy and Tracie’s travels took them to a
lake or the ocean, where they enjoyed fishing together. Tracie was
a breast cancer survivor for 12 years. She enjoyed a full and
wonderful life during this period. She encouraged all around her
with her witty and whimsical personality. Her greatest joys were
her family, her church, and her savior, Jesus Christ. Tracie is survived
by her husband of 38 years, Randy Olson, her son, Patrick (Monica)
Olson, grandson, Ryun Olson, and father Ray Toups. Her brothers &
sisters of Casper include Pete (Christy) Toups, Stephen (Cathy) Toups,
Joe (Carol) Toups and Terry (Patrick) Gallagher, as well as Shelly (Ron)
Coddington of North Carolina. She is also survived by her sister-in-law
Jane (Lyle) Webb of Minnesota and by many nieces and nephews. She
was preceded in death by her mother, Jean Toups, and her son Jacob
Olson. Visitation and viewing will be July 14 at Newcomer
Funeral Home from 6-8p.m. The funeral service will be 10:00 a.m.
Wed., July 15, at Faith Bible Chapel with Pastor Dale Fitzsimmons
officiating. Burial will follow at the Veterans Cemetery.
Colorful casual attire is encouraged. In lieu of flowers, donations to
Faith Bible Chapel Sunday School/Youth would be appreciated by the