The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 27, 2012

Doris Gant Tracy

The Joplin Globe


Doris Gant Tracy, 89, died Nov. 24, 2012, at Via Christi Village.

She was born Sept. 21, 1923, near Princeton, Kan., daughter of Agnes and Thomas Gant. She grew up in Joplin, Mo., graduating in 1941. She received her BS degree from KSTC (now PSU) in 1945. Later she earned a Master's degree in History from Colorado University in 1949.

She taught school in Mount Vernon, Mo. and Neosho, Mo., before returning to Pittsburg, to teach at KSTC (now PSU) in 1951.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Pittsburg.

She married Dr. "L.L." Bob Tracy in 1953. He preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 1981.

After her husband's death, she worked at Ramsays for 15 years and for six more was a Saturday night hostess at Jim's Steak House.

She was known throughout the area as a championship tennis player. She collected more than 100 trophies and played in a national event in Las Vegas, at the age of 50. She also taught free tennis lessons every summer for years at the college courts.

Survivors include one daughter, Terry Ann Fogliasso and her husband, Steve; one granddaughter, Tracy Ann, all of Overland Park, Kan.; and her beloved cats, Beauty, Blackity, Georgie, Jetsy and Lucky. She was preceded in death by her parents in 1951; sister, Marian German; and brother, Don Gant.

Graveside services for Mrs. Tracy are set for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 until 2 p.m. Thursday at the Brenner Mortuary.

The family has suggested memorials to the SEK Humane Society. Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to Brenner Mortuary, 114 East Fourth Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762.

Friends may also leave condolences online at

Arrangements are by the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.