Mary Ellen Reese Tracy

April 02, 1928 ‒ January 02, 2021

Howard, Ohio

Mary Ellen Reese Tracy, 92, of Howard (Millwood), passed away on Saturday evening, January 2, 2021, in her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 2, 1928, in Millersburg, Ohio to the late Elizabeth (Smeeth) and Floyd Reese of Millwood, Ohio.

Mary Ellen graduated from Howard High School in 1946 and attended cosmetology school in Columbus after graduation.  She opened Tracy’s Beauty Shop in Millwood, and continued styling hair throughout her life, and making many friends.  She also was employed for over 30 years as the beauty shop manager at the Ohio Eastern Star home.   She was a member of the Millwood Presbyterian Church and the Rake and Hoe Garden club in Howard.

Mary Ellen enjoyed baking and was well known for her fabulous pies. She loved to spend time with her husband, Dick and her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her two daughters, Christy (Mike) Stricker of Granville, Laura (Ken) Chapin, of Mt. Vernon; her grandchildren, Eric Stricker, of Granville, Tracy (Mark) Sims of Sylvania, Nick (Laura) Chapin of Ostrander; her great grandchildren, Maya Sims, Jacob Sims, Madison Chapin and Morgan Chapin; and her brother, Loren Reese of Millwood.

In addition to her parents, Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Tracy, and her sister, Dorothy Reese Meenan.

In keeping with Mary Ellen’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. The family will announce a Celebration of Life service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice or to Knox County Animal Shelter.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mary Ellen Reese Tracy.

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  • I was blessed to know her I pray for the whole family You guys are very good people May God ease the pain of loss But I Bet her and Dorothy is up there laughing now AMEN

  • Laura—I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, but glad family was able to be with her at that time. Sincere thoughts and prayers to you and the entire Tracy family.

  • Mary Ellen was one of the last of the old Millwood community. A community that supported two churches and looked after many in the community. Mary Ellen and
    the other “mothers” would prepare plates of treats for shut-ins on Thanksgiving and
    Christmas, staff the Vacation Bible School, Easter and Halloween activities, pancake
    breakfasts, as well as wedding and funeral dinners. THey hauled us girls to countless 4-H meetings, fair activities, band and choir practice, church camps and picnics, and more. They were always available for whoever needed motherly attention at the moment. Those of us who grew up in such a nurturing community, now well appreciate how very fortunate we were. Your peace is well earned, Mary Ellen.
    We love you still.

  • I worked at OES for nine years so I knew her and really enjoyed sneaking in to the beauty shop where there was air conditioning and visiting with her. She was always so good to the residents. She certainly will be missed.

  • Dear cousins, sorry to hear of Mary Ellen’s passing. she was a sweet, sweet woman. One of my favorite memories is of grape pie in with her in her kitchen when I was a child with my brother Matt and Uncle Dick.
    I picture them enjoying that grape pie together now!
    Bless you, love you, Kendra

    • Kendra
      Thanks a lot ❤️
      My number is (740) 814-0434 if you want totext me your number. I have no way to reach you.
      A lot of my relatives are on Facebook so it made it easy to pass the news along.
      I received a call from your mom the day we brought mom home from the hospital with hospice.
      Keep in touch❤️ Christy

  • Dear family of Mary Ellen Tracy. I was thinkiing of Mary Ellen the other day. There must have been a reason.. I worked at OES Home for 20 years and loved Mary deeply. She was so kind to all the residents of the Home. Those were great years, especially in the beginning as everyone was like family to each other. I knew Mary and Dorothy when your grandmother was a resident at Country Court. You could always count on their daily visits to see Mamma. Yes, Mary was a a delight to know and work with. She will always be a sweet memory to my ❤. I know you will cherish all your memories with her as well. God’s blessings to you as you celebrate Mary’s life

    • Thank you.❤️
      She talked about you quite a bit and really enjoyed her job at OES.
      She lived a good long life and we will miss her.

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