AMMON, Idaho - Tracy Michelle Lindhorst, 43, of Ammon, Idaho, died peacefully at her home on Monday, May 17, 2010.
She was born on Dec. 17, 1966, in Las Vegas, to Vernon Henry Lindhorst and Helen Louise Burgess Lindhorst. She grew up in the Ammon area and attended Bonneville High School. Tracy earned a BA degree in psychology from the University of Montana in 1999, and worked at the Oregon Social Learning Center.
Tracy loved people and loved helping others. She could light up a room and have everyone laughing with her wicked sense of humor. Tracy always said, "What doesn't kill you makes you funnier."
She worked as a waitress for many years at 4B's in Missoula, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and at Betsy's Pancake House in New Orleans. Tracy loved playing cards; loved football and was ecstatic about the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl; reading; her cat named Cory; her dog, Mooshie; and cooking her favorite dishes, chicken kiev and thicken milk.
At times in her life, she was a friend of Bill W. Tracy suffered from untreatable back pain and stopped working in 2009. Tracy shared a special connection with her identical twin sister, Pam. The two could sense when the other was troubled and were a special support to each other over the years. Tracy passed on her love of understanding people to her son, Jared. Tracy considered Missoula her "heart" home and planned to return there to live.
Tracy married Donald Littleford in 1984, and divorced two years later.
She is survived by their son, Jared Littleford of Idaho Falls; her parents, Vernon and Helen Lindhorst of Ammon; her siblings, Taryn (Cindy) Lindhorst of Seattle, Ross (Amy) Lindhorst of Salt Lake City; and her sister, Pam (Jack) Allen of Eugene, Ore.; her nephews, Timothy, Marcus and Stephen; and her niece, Melynda; her aunts, uncles and cousins; and many friends in Missoula, Idaho Falls, Eugene and New Orleans.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 21, at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road in Idaho Falls. The family will visit with friends for one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Patient Donation Account, State Hospital South, P.O. Box 400, Blackfoot, ID 83221.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.