Ann S. Tracy

July 23, 1943 – October 22, 2020

 Born Shirley Ann Tracy, she quickly became Ann when her 24-year-old mother realized they’d be referred to as Young and Old Shirley. Ann was a wartime baby who grew up in Somes Sound in the house her father built. Favorite childhood memories include geese chasing her in the yard; playing with siblings Linda and Caleb, cousins Kay and Alice, and neighbors Ned and Betsy Butler; and basking in the love of grandmother Nanny bug. She went to Florida for a year after high school, then moved to NYC for a brief modeling stint. She and her first husband, Dennis Ward, lived in the Midwest and then went to California, where they welcomed daughter Tracy in 1974. Ann and her second husband, Nolan Gimpel, had a daughter, Elizabeth, in 1979 (and lived through arson fires in 1980). In subsequent years, they traveled extensively through Europe and Asia, eventually living as expats in Hong Kong (surviving numerous typhoons) while Nolan worked for American President Lines. She moved back to the San Francisco area after Hong Kong (in time for the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake) and raised her girls there until 1997. She returned home to Maine and eventually settled in Ellsworth right before the big ice storm.

Things that brought Ann joy: animal antics (particularly birds and cats), walks outside, reading on the couch (perhaps with her eyes closed), watching the nightly news. She had a lingering love of Elvis, The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac. She had an innate sense of feng shui: every house she lived in was beautifully decorated.

Ann sought to understand anxiety, personality disorders and how one could heal from damage; she went on for a master’s degree in her 50s and became a licensed counselor. She taught herself how to cook, entertain, raise daughters and handle the obligations of adulthood. Ann’s struggle with dementia lasted at least 10 years. Her daughters helped her stay independent as long as possible. She spent her final two years at Island Nursing Home.

Ann is survived by daughters Tracy Ward and Elizabeth Young (Chris); grandchildren Emily, Wyatt and Spencer Young; sister Linda Kuzyk (Peter); niece Cindy Torrey (Ryan); great-niece Nadia Brown; nephew Chris Torrey (Kristen); and cousins Kay Moore (Robert), Alice Wilson (Charles) and Ruth Vaillancourt. She was predeceased by parents Woodbury and Shirley Tracy, brother Caleb Tracy and grandparents Caleb Tracy, Mark Reed and Grace Hobart Reed.

Ann will be interred at Hillside Cemetery in Mount Desert near her family. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting Friendship Cottage in Blue Hill, Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle or your local animal shelter.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.

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