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Mary Tracey Woodhouse

NORTH CANAAN — Mary Tracey Woodhouse, 97, of North Canaan, died on April 8, 2021.  

Born on Nov. 30, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Mary (Devery) and James Tracey.  

One of five children, Mary grew up in Hartford. She had many wonderful memories of living in a neighborhood with a large extended Irish family. She was the last remaining sibling.

Mary lived a long and happy life bringing up her family in West Hartford and then spending 20 years of retirement on Cape Cod. 

She was part of the Orleans Quilting Guild, spending many hours with friends creating beautiful works of art. Her quilts were displayed in various art shows and the local library. Many of those quilts are in the homes of her children and grandchildren. 

She and her husband moved back to Connecticut in 2007 to be near their children. 

She was a loving grandmother, always ready to help, listen, bake cookies and be a supportive shoulder. 

She leaves behind her son, Stephen Woodhouse and his wife, Patty, of Hampton, N.H.; her daughter, Pat Whelan, and her husband, Rob, of Sharon; her daughter, Jamie Butka and her husband, Tom, of Cranston, R.I. She will be sorely missed by her grandchildren, James Woodhouse, Kate Partridge and her husband, Brian, Ian Whelan and his wife, Nora, Kevin Whelan and his wife, Alyssa, Tommy Butka, Rachel Butka and her husband, Gil Lawrence. “Mimi,” as she was affectionately known was also the proud great-grandmother of Maggie, Charlotte and Lucy Partridge, Elijah and Iris Whelan and Will Lawrence. She also leaves her sister-in-law, Ursula Woodhouse, the last of that generation in the family; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband, James S. Woodhouse; her grandson, Kyle Whelan; her brothers, Tom, Jimmy, and Donald Tracey; and her sister, Elizabeth McKenna. 

The family would like to thank Geer Village for their kindness, love and support. The nurses and aides of Gardenside treated our mother like she was one of their own family.

A private family service will be held in April. Memorial donations may be made to Geer Village or Childrens Cardiomyopathy Foundation. 

The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon has charge of arrangements. 

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