Tracy Pieper Brown

May 19, 1964 - February 10, 2015
Tracy Pieper Brown

Tracy Pieper Brown, 50, was a world-class wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She brought a positive outlook, determined attitude and unwavering faith to everything she tackled, including a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. While that battle is now over, her faith and courage served as an inspiration to everyone who met her.

Tracy passed away on Tuesday, February 10 surrounded by her family. She is now with the Lord.

Tracy’s life was full and fulfilling, albeit much too short. She was a talented banker and financial planner, a devoted community volunteer and fundraiser, and a loyal friend who loved to share a laugh and lend a helping hand. One friend recently described her as “an inextinguishable flame of love, hope and warmth that was not tucked away for just a few to see.” Indeed.

The greatest joy in Tracy’s life has always been her daughter, Emma, a kind and gentle soul who shares her mother’s faith, grace and bright, energetic spirit.

Tracy was born in Columbia, SC but spent most of her childhood in Creve Coeur, Missouri. She attended the University of Kansas and remained a loyal Jayhawk long after moving to North Carolina in her twenties.

She joined Wachovia Bank in 1992. While attending a bank training program, she picked up much more than new skills. She met Michael, a fellow banker who would become her husband. They were married at St. James Episcopal Church in 1994.

Tracy went on to have a long and successful career in banking and finance, working with Centura Bank and Fountain Financial Associates in Wilmington.

She was a long-time member of the Junior League of Wilmington where she served on the executive committee and received the Esther Elliott Sparkman Award for inspiration. She was a member of numerous community boards, including the Wilmington Azalea Festival committee and New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation board. She belonged to Country Club of Landfall and the Surf Club.

In 2014, Tracy helped establish She ROCKS to fund ovarian cancer research and provide support to fellow cancer patients. The organization recently donated $50,000 to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Tracy is survived by her husband Michael, her daughter Emma Grace, her mother Jean Pieper of St. Charles, Missouri, her sisters Kristi (Larkin) O’Keefe of Prairie Village, Kansas and Melanie (Mark) Zuanich of Chesterfield, Missouri, eight nieces and nephews and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her father, David B. Pieper.

The family is grateful to the physicians and nurses/angels at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, including Dr. Walter Gajewski and Dr. Rob Shaker, as well as Dr. Peter Kramer, for providing outstanding care and support.

Tracy was a lifelong Christian and an active member of Wrightsville United Methodist Church. A celebration of Tracy’s life will be held on Friday, February 13 at 3:00 pm at Port City Community Church, 250 Vision Drive in Wilmington. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to She ROCKS (PO Box 215, Wilmington, NC 28402) or Wrightsville United Methodist Church (4 Live Oak Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480).

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  • February 11, 2015
    Kim Lefler says:
    Tracy and I have known each other since 1986, when we worked together on the Outer Banks in NC. Those were some great memories that I will never forget! Tracy was a very bright spirit, so kind and loving, shining the light of the Lord to whomever came in contact with her. She ran a challenging race here on Earth and now she has finally reached the finish line in Heaven. May God continue to comfort Mike and Emma throughout this most difficult time.

  • February 25, 2015
    Larena says:
    I am so sorry to read about the loss of your wife, family and friend. Facing loss of someone so dear to you can be very devastating. I have found that reading God's Words written in the Bible can be an encouragement to many. Jesus Father has given Jesus the authority to eliminate death forever and even the tears that we shed will be things of the pass (Isaiah 25:8, & Revelation 21:3,4). He also promised to bring back to life many who have fallen asleep in death (John 5:28,29). We know that Gods words will always come true, He doesn't lie (Titus1:2). May you, and your family be strengthen by the love that God shows to all. In this your time of sorrow, may it ease your pain to know that others are thinking of you and your Family.

  • February 12, 2015
    Jane Moseley says:
    I'm so sorry to hear of Tracy's passing. I remember her as an intelligent, kind, personable, fun & compassionate young college girl when she was at the Chi Omega house at KU. My thoughts and prayers are with her young daughter and husband, as well as her mother & sister Kristi.

  • February 12, 2015
    Doug Albers says:
    Expressions of Sympathy Doug Albers has sent this Expressions of Sympathy card.

  • February 12, 2015
    Dina Zuanich says:
    Although I didn't really know Tracy personally, I know her sister, Melanie, as my own. And the stories of Tracy's determination, endurance and love of family was recounted many times throughout the years. I knew of her as an admirable, strong-willed, generous of spirit and most importantly a loving woman. The same characteristics that seem to be in abundance in all the Pieper women! So sorry for your loss!