Evan Catherine Tracy
September 17, 1985 ‒ May 13, 2003
Evan Catherine Mahoney Tracy, age 17 a Junior at Big Walnut High School, died suddenly of complications from cystic fibrosis on May 13, 2003 at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, Ohio.
She is the daughter of Sheila Catherine [Mahoney] Tracy and Lee Greiner Tracy, and the sister of Eamonn Tracy, all of Galena, Ohio. She was born on September 17, 1985 at Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus.
Evan attended Hylan Sauders Elementary School and Big Walnut Junior High School. During Junior High, Evan was on the basketball team and cheerleading squad. Freshman and sophomore year Evan played JV tennis. She was in Spanish Club and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Last week she was the proud co-recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Junior Award. Evan loved animals; she especially enjoyed her volunteer work at the Delaware County Humane Society and time spent with her dogs, Blueberry, Piggles/Nemo and the late, great Tiger. For a brief period, she also worked part-time at Wanda’s What-not Shop in Sunbury, and Tim Horton’s in Westerville.
Loyalty to her friends was extremely important to Evan. Friends she shared time with throughout her life held important places in her heart. She was very happy to have returned to school this past week and again become part of the Big Walnut community. School was a fun time for her, and she always had humorous stories for her parents about the goings on at school. Lee, Sheila, and Eamonn were touched and grateful for the remembrance poster hung in Evan’s memory at the high school. As everyone knows, Evan loved purple; she would have been so pleased to know that the school community wore purple ribbons in her honor.
Evan had a wonderful sense of humor and was a great mimic. She only needed to see or hear someone once, and she could recreate the walk, the facial expressions and the accent. Once Evan added her own magic to the act, all who watched her would be reduced to laughter. Her extended family delighted at her perfect representation of her maternal grandfather’s speedy angular walk and her grandmother’s accent.
Eamonn and Evan shared, and will always share, a special bond between them. He is her big brother and they dearly loved each other. Eamonn included her in his life and friendships, and taught her things that only a big brother can teach. Evan was so proud of Eamonn’s accomplishments and what kind of young man he became. Through the rough and tumble of growing up, they always understood each other, and knew the content of each other’s hearts.
She faced her illness with courage and grace. Evan adored her parents, and valued what each had to offer her. Evan was a happy little sprite of a child who grew up into a strong and lovely young woman. Although time was short for her, she embraced life and enriched the lives of those around her.
In addition to her parents and brother she is also survived by her paternal grandparents Ralph and Helen Tracy, aunt Willow Star, and great aunt Priscilla Greiner. Her relatives also include her maternal grandparents John and Gwladys Mahoney, aunts Patricia Mahoney,Teresa Mahoney Mullen, Mary Kennedy Brittain Mahoney, uncles Sean and Bruce Mahoney,Richard Laiho, Richard Mullen, John O’Neil, cousins James, Ian and Sheila Mullen, Richard and Rosa Mahoney, and Bryn, Brishen and Trevor Mahoney. Lee and Sheila want to recognize family friends who played a lasting role in Evan’s life, especially special friends Linda and Rob Wallace who gave of their time and opened their home and their hearts to Lee, Sheila, Evan and Eamonn, also Evan’s special friends: Cassie, Rachael, Natalie, Jenny, Mindy, Stacie, Heather, Martha, Jessica, Ashley C., Austin, Alayna, Ike, Matt, Timataeo, Luke, Andrew, Maggie, Sabrina, Swain, Sarah, and Brittany
Friends may call Friday 5-8 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury. Funeral services will be held Saturday 11:00 a.m. at Genoa Baptist Church, 7562 Lewis Center Rd., at SR 3, Westerville, Fr. James Walter officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Humane Society of Delaware County, 4920 SR 37 E., Delaware, OH 43015, or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 960 Kingsmill Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43229.
Sheila, Lee and Eamonn would like to thank the teachers and staff at Big Walnut High School for their support, teachers; M/M Sturdevant, Mrs. Burchett, Mr. Walshlager, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Myers, M/M Sabo, Mrs Haddan, Mrs. Peterson and so many others. They would also like to acknowledge Evan’s many medical care providers at Children’s Hospital, including Dr. Karen McCoy, Terry Johnson, Dr. Richard Shell, Dr. Lee Rusakow , Dr. Gordon Young, Dr. Patel, and the nursing staff at 5 T.