On October 1, 2003, as I was going down to Fairfax village, I noticed Ola out filling her bird feeders, so stopped and asked her if she minded if I took her picture. I complimented her on her flowers, but she was quick to state that she had been in the hospital this past summer and didn't have the time or feel like working in her flower gardens the way she usually does. Although I didn't know it at the time, Ola had just celebrated her 86th birthday the day before. On Wednesday, I received a call late in the afternoon from one of the members of The Fairfax Senior Citizens Group regarding an unfortunate incident that happened at their Annual Christmas Party Tuesday Noon. Apparently Ola (Ellsworth) Tracy, age 86 suffered a burst brain aneurysm at the party. Her brother Ralph Ellsworth, age 87, had picked her up and brought her to the party. He questioned her as to whether she felt well enough to go as she has had some heart problems this past summer, but she said she felt fine and wanted to go. This came on very suddenly, and at first those sitting around her thought she was choking. There were three retired nurses there and 911 was dialed. Our local rescue squad has a shortage of volunteers and was not providing coverage that day, so AmCare responded which took about half an hour. Ola has been our neighbor since 1953 when my family and I moved to Fairfax. The neighborhood, like many others over the years has always watched out for each other and I well remember the Tracy and Ellsworth families checking with me whenever they noticed something of a different nature going on at my sister's and parent's houses when they were alive. Ola, like many farmer's wives, always took care of a beautiful vegetable garden along with her many flowers - It is truly sad that we have lost so many of our old time residents in the past year and our sympathy goes out to the family. For those that might want to bring food for a gathering that will be held after the funeral on Saturday, you might want to call Linda Tracy (Ralph's wife) who will have the gathering in her heated garage at 469 Fletcher Road. Below is the obituary which appeared on the Hayes-Rich web site for Ola:

Ola L. Tracy
September 30, 1917 - January 07, 2004
Ola L. (Ellsworth) Tracy


Ola Lizzie (Ellsworth) Tracy, 86, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2004 in Northwest Medical Center in St. Albans. She was born in Fairfax on September 30, 1917, daughter of the late Clinton and Lizzie (Blakely) Ellsworth. Ola graduated from BFA-Fairfax, class of 1938. She married Harland Tracy on November 2, 1938 in Brattleboro. Harland predeceased her on February 15, 1991. Ola was active in her community as a member of Friendly Neighbors Senior Citizens, Unity Chapter #17 Order of Eastern Star, and Fairfax-Georgia Quilters. She was an avid Red Sox fan. Ola was lovingly involved in her grandchildren’s activities. She was a loving and devoted mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother.

She is survived by,

Four daughters,

Beverly Warren and husband Martin of Harbor Springs, Michigan,

Shirley Geno and husband Roger of Fletcher, VT,

Phyllis Fletcher and husband Rawleigh of Cambridge, VT,

Barbara O’Toole and husband Michael of Tinton Falls, NJ,

One brother,

Ralph C. Ellsworth of Fairfax, VT,

One daughter-in-law,

Linda Tracy,

Eleven grandchildren,

Six great grandchildren,

Many nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by,

Her son,

Ralph C. Tracy,

And her sister,

Reba E. Bessette.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 9, 2004 in Hayes-Rich Funeral Home from 3 – 7 pm. Funeral services will be on Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 11:00 am in the United Church of Fairfax with the Reverend Elizabeth Griffin officiating. Interment will be in the spring in the family lot in Binghamville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Ola’s memory to Fairfax Senior Citizen (Friendly Neighbors), P.O. Box 246, Fairfax, VT 05454. Friends who wish may forward online condolences by visiting www.hayesrichfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Hayes-Rich Funeral Home, 1176 Main St., Fairfax.

Henry A. Raymond
January 9, 2004