Georgia Marion Bracy was born on Nov. 1, 1940, to George and Marion Thompson in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the older of two daughters. She and her sister, Roberta, were raised in Quincy, Illinois.
Georgia’s life truly began, however, when she fell in love and married her hometown sweetheart, Norris Allen Bracy. Having always dreamed of mothering a large family, Georgia and Norris had four children, but her nurturing didn’t stop there. The Bracy house was a sanctuary for all: adult or child, relative or friend. Georgia always had a hot breakfast, a home-cooked dinner, and a bed for anyone who needed it. She wanted a house filled with people, love, and happiness, and she succeeded beyond measure.
Norris’s trucking business landed them in Billings, Montana, where they settled. It was then that Georgia began to fully indulge her passion for antiques and collectibles. She opened a shop, Windmill Antiques, and was a partner in a business, Showtell Productions, which promoted antique shows.
Georgia Bracy as a person was colorful and creative. She had a keen eye for hidden beauty, and people often said she could turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. Over the years, her hunts for antiques and other treasures brought her many friends and adventures, plus a whole lot of laughter.
While Georgia loved her antiques, some of her happiest weekends were spent traveling around the state to various motorcycle races in which her husband and sons competed. Her favorite was a cross country race located on Mount High.
In 1985, Norris and Georgia moved again, this time to Los Angeles. They lived there for 20 years, and Georgia, along with her sons, built a moving and storage company while assisting Norris with his trucking business, and looking after her grandchildren and the neighborhood kids.
But Billings still felt like home; it called to them. Some of their family still lived there, so in 2005 they returned and bought an old farmhouse and seven acres.
Georgia began to dip her toes back into the antiques/collectibles market by displaying at the occasional show and at her daughter’s clothing shop. Georgia had been working at her daughter’s shop in the past year, when her cancer was diagnosed in August 2017.
In lovely symmetry, Georgia seemed to wait for her birthday on All Saints’ Day to slip away. She was 77 years old.
Georgia was preceded in death by her parents and by her son Tony Bracy.
Georgia is survived and mourned by her husband of 57 years, Norris Bracy, her sister Roberta Maddox, her daughter, Tamara (H. Russell) Harvey, her son, Todd (Tomasa) Bracy, and her daughter, Tara (Jerry) Wolf. Georgia also leaves eleven grandchildren and countless nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Even beyond blood relations, there are a multitude of friends and extended family members who dearly loved Georgia and will miss her. Not only in Montana, but all across the country and Mexico, people have lost a dear friend, a mentor, and a mom.
The Bracy family invites you to join us in a Celebration of Georgia's Life at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017, at Prescott Hall on the campus of Rocky Mountain College, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, Georgia would have asked that you share a delicious dinner with family and friends and raise a glass in her memory, or do an unsolicited, unexpected act of kindness for someone in her name.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences can be sent through www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”