Tracy Raye Engel, 48, Hays, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at her home.

She was born July 11, 1970, in Hill City to Merril A. and Donna M. (Schafer) Engel. She was a 1988 graduate of Hill City High School and studied sociology at Kansas State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Fort Hays State University.

She worked at her friend Bud’s insurance office and volunteered at the Humane Society of the High Plains, Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and helped with religion classes and daycare at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with and babysitting her nieces and nephews, helping children and animals, and was very unselfish, strong, inspirational, and a friend to everyone.

She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, and was an active member of the Kiwanis Club in Hays, volunteering to help with various club events including the Easter Egg Hunt and flag project.

She was an avid sports fan and relished watching and rooting for the Kansas State Wildcats, Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas City Royals.

Survivors include her fiancé, Garrick Augustine, Hays; her mother; Donna Engel Schmidtberger and husband, Dan, Hill City; two sisters, Stephanie Jacobs and husband, Francis, Hays, and Melanie Archer and husband, Cameron, Norton; a brother, Matt Engel and wife, Marti, Oakley; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father; and infant twin sisters, Philomena and Leona Engel.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in St. Michael Cemetery, La Crosse, Kansas.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Friday, both at the church.

A vigil /rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Kiwanis Club of Hays in care of Hays Memorial Chapel, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

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