In Memoriam : Ilma Tracy

Ilma Tracy Ilma N Tracy - age: 88
(July 16, 1926 to September 27, 2014 )
Resident of Saco, Maine

Visitation Information:
A graveside service for family and friends will be held 11 am, Wednesday, October 1st, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco, near the spring daffodils and timeless sundial that grace the banks of the Saco River.
Dr. Burton Howe will officiate. Dennett, Craig & Pate 365 Main St, Saco are in charge of the services.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness, 7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, MD 21046

Saco, Ilma Louella Nelson Tracy, “Emmie”, a longtime resident of Saco and Berwick Estates, South Berwick, Maine, died at her residence after a long illness, Saturday evening, September 27, 2014, aged 88 years. She was born at Saco July 16, 1926, the only child of Samuel Leroy Nelson (aka McDaniel) and Minnie Louella Dyer. Following the disappearance of father Sam in 1926, and his reported death in Chicago shortly thereafter, She was adopted at an early age by aunt and half sister to Minnie, Nellie May Fidella (Dyer) Wormwood and husband Edmond F. “Fred” Wormwood of Saco, Arundel/North Kennebunkport, and Kennebunk, she attending schools in each of the three communities. She married Laurence William Tracy, (Sr.) at Saco on August 12, 1943, he the son of William Emerson and Mildred May (Huntress) Tracy. Their issue of three children: Laurence William Tracy, Jr., husband of Joanne Eileen Mogan, Kennebunkport; Patience Elaine Bell, wife of Allen, Wells; Cheryl Hope Aranovitch, wife of David, Scarborough. Also surviving is granddaughter Rhonda Jill Tracy of Old Orchard Beach, one cousin, Joan (Bolser) Gregoire, daughter of Ernest and Alice (Dyer) Bolser of Scarborough, and one niece and nephew. She was pre-deceased by former husband Laurence in 2008, and all half-brothers and sisters in prior years, Abigail “Tootsie” Plummer of Saco, Henry Wormwood of Kennebunk, Dorothy Wormwood of Saco, John Wormwood of Saco, Diantha Smart of Saco, and Evelyn Wormwood who died young.

Purportedly named similarly after a revered nurse from Germany who lived in Saco during the 1920s, she possessed a keen mind that twice allowed her to skip early grades, and an ability to totally recall past events in detail. Her soul dedication in life was as a caring and loving mother to her family, always utilizing her kitchen skills at every meal, and providing the most luscious desserts and pastries that graced each table. Often she would say, “Everyone needs a little sugar, dear”, all the while extolling the virtues and necessity for sweets!

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