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Mary Katherine Tracy, age 72, after a long battle with her health, on Friday, January 18, 2019, surrounded by her family that she loved dearly, went to be with her family before her and her dog Harley.
Mary was born in Kansas City, MO to the late Pete and Marie (Cacioppo) Gulotta. She was the youngest of 3 children, Paul (Anita) Gulotta, and the late Lenore (Wyatt) Richardson. Mary loved spending time with her grandparents and learned the lost art of embroidery on the front porch of her grandmother’s house.
At 16 years old, she met the love of her life, Rickie, while on a double date with their friends. Rick and Mary married on December 31 and then on February 11 (long story) and spent 54 years married. They raised four children: Rickie, Carl (Janet), Paul (Christine) and JoAnn (John) Lopez. Those four children were able to give her what became her pride and joy, five grandchildren: Calvin, Megan, Katalina, Maria, and Ricky. All of which she loved unconditionally.
While Mary was raising her children, she was a hair dresser alongside her best friends Linda and Tootie. She provided hours of fun, laughter, and some dirty jokes while creating the best beehives for women in Independence for over 30 years. Mary was loved by many, her nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, clients, friends, and her children’s friends, all whom she opened her home and heart to.
After retirement, Mary loved going to the lake with Rick and reconnecting with their old friends. Most of all she loved every amazing quality her grandchildren have, all of which they had to inherit from her. She was proud of the young men and women they were and will become and was honored to be their Nonie.
Mary has given her family more than they could have ever given back to her. She taught them to love unconditionally, stand up for themselves (especially when shopping), treasure family heirlooms, welcome friends with open arms, love with passion and purpose, listen and help others sometimes before yourself, work hard then play hard, never quit and talk it out even if it’s hard, be brave and strong like she was to the end, orchestrate the life you want to live, be honest, caring, trustworthy and how to cook some amazing Italian dishes.
In lieu of flowers, cards, or donations, please live like Mary with purpose, love, and passion and make a plate of spaghetti and meatballs to enjoy with your family because saying good bye twice is sometimes too hard for those that love you.
Please enjoy our mother’s Italian meatball recipe
½ pound of hamburger
½ pound of ground sausage
¼ cup chopped onion
2-3 cloves of fresh garlic smashed and chopped
¼ cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
Pinch of salt and pepper
Handful of shredded mozzarella
A little bit of grated Parmesan cheese
Mix and form into balls at desired size. Bake in dish for 15 minutes
at 500 degrees, then reduce to 350 degrees until done (30-45 minutes).