Obituary: Audrey Churchman Tracy

Audrey Churchman Tracy

94, Sherman, Texas

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman, Texas for Audrey Churchman Tracy, 94, of Sherman, who died on Tuesday, May 19 in Sherman.

She was born on Sept. 24, 1925, in England to the late Harry and Bertha Hull Churchman. Arriving in the United States in 1946, she was among a number of war brides coming to the United States after World War II. Having made the trip across the Atlantic aboard the USAHS Jarrett M. Huddleston with her 6-month-old son in tow, she then boarded a train to Illinois to reunite with her husband, Paul Tracy. She shared that they could walk the full length of the ship in five minutes, that’s how small it was, and whenever they were in high seas they had to put all their things on the bed as the sea water would run through their cabins. Her son, Michael, would sleep in a hammock above her bunk. Ironically, mom arrived in Illinois on Mother’s Day Weekend and said that one of our dad’s aunts found her in a bedroom crying and consoled her. That was her first memory of coming to a new home.

Raising three sons, our mother was like a drill sergeant. Every morning was the same routine: get up, get dressed, brush your teeth, make your bed, eat breakfast, and get ready for school. Every evening was: get your homework done, baths taken, rooms cleaned, toys picked up and get in bed. There was no bucking the system, otherwise she called in the sergeant-major to yield the ultimate discipline. Mom and dad worked like a well-oiled machine and dad knew there was no bucking the system.

The summer of 1961, she took the three of us back to England to meet all our aunts, uncles and cousins. We spent the whole summer terrorizing bicycle paths and the countryside. Being the mathematician, whenever she would want to buy something she would ask me to convert from British currency to U.S. currency so she could see if she was getting a good deal. Saying goodbye to her brothers for a second time was probably as hard as the first; but she and Dad made several trips back after Dad retired.

As grandchildren began arriving, she turned her sewing machine into a constant clothing factory. It was like her sons produced all those daughters she never had and gave her an excuse to make all those girls clothes she never got to make as a mother. I can say as a single parent, that I appreciated all those clothes.

If we were not in the garden weeding or picking something, we were in the kitchen drying dishes or setting the table.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Bertha Churchman; husband, Paul Tracy; four brothers, Harry, Reginald, Kenneth and Cyril Churchman; grandson, Preston Tracy, and great-grandsons, Ethan and Everett Hoen.

Survivors include her three sons, Michael Tracy (Linda) of Gunter, Texas; Peter Tracy of Sherman and Harry Tracy (Starla) of Amarillo; seven grandchildren, Angela Savage (James) of Gunter, Michelle Hughes (Curt) of Anna, Philip Tracy (Shelby) of Cheyenne, Wyo., Amy Hoen (Eric) of Centennial, Colo., Pryce Tracy of Moscow, Idaho, Jeremy Tracy (Shelli) of Amarillo and Amanda Griffith (Stuart) of La Porte, Colo.; and 10 great-grandchildren.

We love you mom and are going to dearly miss you, as are all your grandchildren and those who have known you over the years.

The register book can be signed online at waldofuneralhome.com.

Waldo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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