Traci Dawn (McQuiston) Hughbanks died Oct. 16, 2013. As she wished, her memorial service took place on May 14, 2014 in Grand Junction, Colorado. She was married to Vincent Hughbanks for 28 years. Vince is a McPherson High School graduate of 1976. He is the son of Monroe and Corinne Hughbanks of McPherson. Traci wanted her ashes scattered at the Ute Canyon Overlook in the Colorado National Monument where they were married in 1985.
May 14 was a full moon and the night was as beautiful and unforgettable as she was. The moon lit up the canyon walls magically. All present knew that Traci’s pain was gone, her soul cupped in God’s hands, and her spirit free.
Those attending from the McPherson County area were Vince’s parents; sister Melody (Bill) Athey; nephew Ben (Jenny) French; nephew Tyler (Kelly) French; former MHS classmates living in Grand Junction: Jeff Hobson, Alan Peck and Darrell Wise.
Other family attending: Vince’s older brother Stephen (Nancy) Hughbanks of Wichita; cousin Randy Hughbanks of Signal Mountain, Tennessee; uncle Dr. F. G. (Nancy) Hughbanks of Gooding, Idaho; uncle Tipton (Anita) Hughbanks of Attica, Kansas.