BISMARCK, ND. (THECOUNT) — Tracy Finneman, the Minnesota woman synonymous with Papa’s Pumpkin Patch in Bismarck, North Dakota, has passed away.

Finneman, who along with her family started the now popular pumpkin patch in 1983, lost a long fought battle with cancer on Friday.


Finneman she was instrumental in growing the Papa’s Pumpkin Patch to become one of the best pumpkin patches in America, reports KXnet.

Her obituary says the former “Miss Rodeo North Dakota” had an ever-present smile, spunk and tenacity and love for others that will be greatly missed.

Instead of flowers, Tracy posthumously asked that each of us Pay it Forward and be creative in gift giving by making a donation on Giving Hearts Day.

Geo quick facts: Bismarck is the capital city of North Dakota. The tall, art deco North Dakota State Capitol is set on landscaped grounds. Nearby, the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum traces the state’s natural and cultural history. The restored Former Governors’ Mansion dates back to the late 19th century. By the Missouri River, the Dakota Zoo is home to grizzly bears and endangered Bengal tigers.