TRACY, Mrs. Mary Eileen
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Mary Eileen Tracy, 89, passed away on May 6, 2012 in Whittier. Born in Los Angeles on August 27, 1922, she was the daughter of David F. Gleeson of Coachford, Co. Cork, Ireland, former president of Ancient Order of Hibernians of Los Angeles and Nora M. English of Anglesboro, Co. Limerick, Ireland.
Eileen graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Inglewood in 1939 at the age of 16, attended Southwestern College, and worked at North American Aviation throughout the wartime years.
In 1948, she married Milford E. Tracy, Jr., a World War II field artillery captain decorated for meritorious service during the Battle of the Bulge. They moved to Whittier in 1950. He was manager of the Supply and Exchange Dept. at Richfield Oil Corp. and ARCO. He died in 1995.
Eileen joined the Whittier Public Library in 1968 and was a much beloved children's assistant librarian until her retirement in 2000.
She was president of the historic Woman's Club of Whittier at the time of its dissolution in 2008 that included a six-figure donation from the Club's ending reserves to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital.
She was an active member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Whittier for 62 years.
Eileen was an enthusiastic traveler, avid bridge player, and looked forward to all family-related activities.
She leaves her loving children Scott (Mary) of La Cañada Flintridge; Mark (Alda) of Pasadena; Patricia (Larry Fink) of Brea; Ellen (Mike Ferguson) of Ketchum, Idaho; Jill (Ed Valcarcel) of Capitola; and Joseph (Reggie) of Palo Alto; two brothers, Tom Gleeson of South El Monte and Jack Gleeson of Mission Viejo; and 12 devoted grandchildren.
Services: Friday, May 11, 2012; Public Viewing, 6-7 pm, Rosary, 7 pm; White Emerson Mortuary, 13304 E. Philadelphia St., Whittier, 562-698-0304. Saturday, May 12, 2012; Mass for Catholic Burial; 9 am; First Friends Church of Whittier, 13205 Philadelphia St., Whittier.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Memory of Mary Eileen Tracy to: Together in Mission, Archdiocese of Los Angeles Floor 2, 3424 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241.
Published in Whittier Daily News on May 10, 2012
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