NORTHAMPTON - Ann Tracy, 77, passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Northampton.
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Born April 18, 1936, in Ware, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Evelyn (Beeman) Tracy.
Ann attended Westhampton Center School and was a graduate of the class of 1953 from Northampton High School, a graduate of Northampton Commercial College class of 1954, and she received a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1958. She received her master's degree from the University of Southern California in 1960 and did doctoral work at Michigan State University.
Ann began her teaching career in Michigan where she taught for five years in the St. Clair Shores schools. She then went on to teach for 33 years for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, teaching military dependents overseas both in Japan and Germany.
Ann enjoyed exploring new places and traveled extensively both in the United States and worldwide visiting many countries and all but one continent. Every school holiday or vacation found her seeking adventure in her travels.
In her retirement, Ann was active in many church and community activities, serving as an officer in many. Ann was a member of the Westhampton Congregational United Church of Christ for over 60 years and served on many boards and committees. Some of her other activities included work with the Hampshire Association of the United Church of Christ as a scribe, Westhampton Public Library as a trustee and an active member of the Friends' Board. She served on the Westhampton Cultural Council, the Westhampton Open Space Committee and the Westhampton Historical Society. She was a member of the Westhampton Council on Aging and served on the board for many years. She was active on the VNA & Hospice Board and worked faithfully at their shop. She enjoyed being a member of the Red Hat group.
Ann is survived by her brother Richard William Tracy and his wife Janice and her sister Priscilla (Pat) Miller and her husband Robert, all of Westhampton. She also leaves seven nieces and nephews, Richard Tracy, Nathan Tracy, Jennifer Geary, Susannah Small, Scott Miller, Brett Miller and Stacey Jenkins; 18 grandnieces and nephews; one great-grandnephew; as well as her close friend and traveling companion, Carol Haines.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mitchell Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Westhampton Congregational United Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Westhampton Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Tob Road, Westhampton, MA 01027 or to Westhampton EMT's at 7 Stage Road, Westhampton, MA 01027.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 19, 2013
Mitchell Funeral Home
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