Traci Storey was born and raised in Nashville, IL by her parents, Tom & Deb Storey, and her brothers Matthew and Chris. She graduated from Trinity St. John Lutheran School and Nashville Community High School. After graduating high school in 2001 Traci went onto college at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Traci completed the 2 hardest years of her life obtaining a Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology. The hard work was all worth it to Traci. She had been working with children with Autism and on many occasions spoke of how special these kids were to her.
Traci’s life seemed to be falling into place when she died in a tragic accident on June 29, 2008. After the tragedy of Traci’s death a miracle began to occur. Donations were made in Traci’s memory toward Autism, and then the wheels began to turn. With donations made in Traci’s memory, the help of Washington County Hospital, Nashville School District, and Traci’s family and friends, a sensory room "Storeyland" was developed. This room was designed to help children with Autism as well as other sensory disorders.
Traci was an outgoing, fun loving, and intelligent person. Traci made sure that wherever she went her presence was known. Traci may not be with us in body but her kind heartedness and loving spirit will live on forever as the sensory room that is set up in her memory continues to be used.