Tracy Marlo Ruby November 27, 1967 - June 17, 2012 "here is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela Tracy Ruby, 44, was tragically taken from us on June 17, 2012, on the Payette River near Boise, Idaho in a river rafting accident. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, loved her, and were fortunate enough to call her a friend or a family member. She left us doing what she most loved to do, spending adventurous time in the outdoors with friends and family. Tracy was always fearless and a free-willed spirit. She had the biggest heart and did everything to its fullest. She always put her family and friends before her and perhaps that is what motivated her to jump out of the raft to save her best friend that had been knocked overboard in some rapids. Fellow rafters were able to pull her best friend back into the raft, but unfortunately they could not save Tracy. Tracy spent most of her life living in Southern California. Throughout her entire life, Tracy always spoke of her dream of someday living amidst the wilderness and natural beauty of the Sawtooth Mountains and natural streams, lakes and rivers of Southern Idaho, and four years ago she fulfilled that dream with her son by permanently settling in Meridian, Idaho. She had spent most of her childhood summers at the family home in Sun Valley, playing tennis, ice skating, hiking, biking, and fishing. She also was an avid skier during the winters with frequent family trips. For a portion of the nineties, she lived in Ketchum, Idaho. It was during these life experiences that she truly felt at peace with the world and the natural splendor of the wilderness and fresh mountain air. Tracy was a wonderful cook, having been trained at culinary school, and loved preparing delicious meals for her family and friends. She was high spirited, smart, courageous and most of all the life of the party. She had so many talents and interests it's hard to innumerate. She was very artistic and loved making jewelry and wore her creations with great pride. All of us that were lucky to own her pieces know how often we get compliments on them. Tracy loved adventure and had traveled widely, meeting people along the way and making lifelong friends. She had the ability to love and connect with people on any level, from any culture. She could adapt to any lifestyle and she did this with gusto, taking in all she could from her surroundings. She had wonderful "energy" and everyone loved her "glow". She was a loving human being with a healing touch. She was a licensed massage therapist and was able to help those in pain and with injuries to heal. She was gentle, patient and kind and all of that added to the experience. She is survived by her parents, Howard Ruby and Shirley McKernan; her brothers Steven and Michael Ruby; her sister Donna Ruby; her nieces and nephews Nicole, Samantha, Dylan, Kayden, Dakota, Bailey, Iris, and Michelle, and the greatest love of her life, her 6-year old son Talon. Her wonderful boyfriend Perry Eliason was with her when she had her accident and she leaves him behind as well. Family and friends are invited to share memories, stories, and pictures on her Facebook page. Services to celebrate Tracy's life will be held in Los Angeles and Sun Valley at dates to be announced.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 24, 2012