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Tracy Crawford Waters

July 16, 1956 ~ August 29, 2020 (age 64)


Tracy Crawford Waters, age 64, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of August 29th in Madison, WI. She was born on July 16th1956 in Ypsilanti, MI, the daughter of Verle and Marilyn (Eisele) Crawford.

She was a graduate of Ypsilanti High School, Central Michigan University, and The University of Michigan. She earned B.S. degrees in French and Journalism at CMU, and a Masters in French at UM. She became a high school French teacher and spent 25 years at the Prairie School in Racine WI, also spending several years at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, WI. She retired in 2016 and moved to Madison in 2018 from the Milwaukee area with her husband Dennis, to be close to her step-son Jeffrey and daughter-in-law Anna. She and Dennis were married on July 10th 1999 in New Berlin, WI, a marriage of 21 years. She recently joined the Mount Horeb United Methodist Church.

She loved to teach, read, garden, take walks, play pickleball, ice skate, cross country ski, fish, spend time with family, vacation in northern Wisconsin, and travel. She was very fond of cats and dogs. She led many student trips to France from The Prairie School and developed close friendships with teachers in Montelimar, France. She especially loved Paris, and traveled there over 20 times.

Tracy is survived by her husband Dennis, step-son Christopher (Daniela) with grandchildren Aidan, Giuliana, Solia, Emiliano, and Lola; step-son Timothy; and step-son Jeffrey (Anna) with granddaughter Elise. She is survived by her mother Marilyn and brother Mark (D'Ann) and Mark's daughters Alissa and Kelsey, as well as many cousins in Michigan. Tracy loved them all very much, including her cat Smokey.

She was preceded in death by her father Verle and mother-in-law LaVerne Waters.

A celebration of Tracy's life will be held outdoors on September 12th in Blue Mounds, WI. For more information please contact Dennis Waters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (

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