Miss Marilyn Tracy, 81, longtime resident of Hillsboro, Ohio and loyal friend to Diana Sunstrum, Mary Jane Beechen, Mary Root and Jan Manning passed away on February 23 at her niece’s home in Chapel Hill. A devoted elementary teacher of 43 years, Miss Tracy dedicated her life to helping others, asking for nothing in return. Compassionate and caring, teaching was her greatest purpose in life. In addition to volunteering at Samaritan Outreach, Marilyn enjoyed reading, playing bridge and doing crossword puzzles. Miss Tracy attended high school (Arlington Heights) and college in Illinois and received a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati. She was a devoted aunt to Julie Spomer, Tracy Berry, Nancy Knapp and Julie Bell, great aunt to Jonathan, Christopher, Emma, Elyssa, Elayna, Griffin, Chloe, Sarah, and Will, and great great aunt to George and Henry. She was preceded in death by her dear sister, Carolyn Gougeon and loving parents, Forrest and Miriam Tracy. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 12 at Walker Funeral Home, 204 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278 at 2PM. A meal will be served in Cary, NC following the service (TBA). Interment will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery at 2PM on May 7 in Orrville, Ohio.
An avid environmentalist since her days teaching in Vermont, “Auntie Mare” will be remembered for her deep respect for nature and love of owls. Contributions may be made to Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, 2912B Jones Ferry Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 or Samaritan Outreach, 537 N East St, Hillsboro, Ohio, 45133. We would like to express our loving gratitude to the Wei family and the hospice workers who treated her with the utmost dignity and love. Info: 203.435.7305 Julie.Spomer@gmail.com