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Mary Jane Tracy

November 2, 1921 June 7, 2020
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Obituary for Mary Jane Tracy

Mary Jane Tracy, a resident of Troy, formerly of Royal Oak and Detroit died surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of John and Louise O’ Dwyer. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Earl Raymond Tracy, her sons, Earl Richard Tracy and John Dwyer Tracy, and her sisters, Bette Bridgman and Marge McMullen. Mary Jane is survived by her daughters, Diane Miller, Mary Lou (the late Mark) Bristol, Carol (the late John) Gallagher, and Linda (Scott) McFall and sister-in-law, Geri Tracy. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Steven Miller, Timothy (Brandi) Bristol, John (Jill) Gallagher, Bonnie (Will) Kershner, Tracy (Bill) Jamison, Bridget (Jack) Page, Michael (Logan) Gallagher, Amy (Peter) Shoemaker, Patrick (Elizabeth) Gallagher, Christopher (Morgan Gray) McFall, Tiffany (John Comiskey) Bristol, Megan (Jerry) Taylor, Kelly (Ben) Ruffolo, Mark Kiebba, David (Natasha) Kiebba, Lisa (Mike) Daniels, and Michael (Beverly) Kiebba, 31 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mary Jane grew up on the East side of Detroit between Jefferson and the Detroit River. She was a graduate of St. Martin High School where she had a love of tennis. She was married at St. Martin’s and four of her children were baptized there and two of them made their First Communion there. When the family moved to Royal Oak, they joined Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and she was a parishioner for sixty-five years. She worked as a clerk on the draft board and met Earl Raymond Tracy when she drafted him into the Army for World War II. They were married forty-four years until his death in 1988. They had a wonderful life including their love of dancing, golf, hosting parties and everything involved with their family. They were huge Detroit sports fans, especially their favorite Tiger player, Bill Freehan. She was very involved with her son, J.T. in Special Olympics and through his bowling met Mike DiCapo whose son bowled with J.T. They became close friends and she met many other wonderful friends through her association with Special Olympics. Even before she had a son with Downs Syndrome, Mary Jane volunteered at Christ Child Society. God saw how special she was with those children, so He gave her one of her own. He was a great gift to her and the entire family.

When Mary Jane moved to American House in Troy, she met many good people including staff and other residents. She got people to play Scrabble, Kings in the Corner, Euchre, Pinochle and was trying to get back into Bridge.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,great great- grandmother sister, aunt, and friend, Mary Jane’s door was always open and an extra plate was always available at her table. She will be remembered most for her love of leopard print clothing, her beautiful smile and her welcoming embrace.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 32340 Pierce Street, Beverly Hills, Friday, June 12th at 11am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10am. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Memorials may be made to the Father Solanus Casey Center, 1780 Mount Elliott Street, Detroit, Michigan 48207 or Choice Hospice of Oakland County, 12500 E. 13 Mile Road, 2nd Floor, Warren, Michigan 48093, or Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 32340 Pierce Street, Beverly Hills, Michigan 48025.

Because of Covid 19 masks and social distancing are required.

To watch the livestream of Mary Jane’s Funeral Mass, click the link below:


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