Tracy Janice Barrows

(nee McEwan)

January 5, 1958 – March 31, 2013

It is with great sadness that Tracy’s family announces her unexpected passing.

Tracy was predeceased by her father, Douglas McEwan. The loss is deeply felt by her two sons, Jim (Kim) and Tom Barrows as well as her beloved grandson, James. She also leaves behind her mother, Dorothy Clark; sisters Bonnie (Greg) Stolz, and Sally Chapman; brothers, Russell (Tammy) and Brian (Bev) McEwan, and Gordon Talbot; nieces, Dayna (Tuck) and Erica; and nephew Cody. Tracy felt great love for and enjoyed spending time with James and her great-nephews Ethan and Ayden.

A small gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate Tracy’s life.

Tracy was well known in Nanaimo, where she spent most of her life as a free spirit who had a zest for fun and good times. She was also very generous and kind hearted, and although not financially able, somehow would always come up with something creative as gifts when attending festive occasions with family. Tracy was extremely intelligent and very well read, and although she had struggled with issues throughout various stages of her life, she had demonstrated significant change and a sincere desire to get on and stay on a better path for four weeks prior to her passing. She will be remembered with great admiration for this accomplishment.

You left us peaceful memories,

your love is still our guide,

And though we cannot see you,

you’re always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,

and nothing seems the same,

but as God calls us one by one,

the chain will link again.

“I believe that woman, in her deepest degradation, holds something sacred something undefiled, a pledge or keepsake of her higher nature that, like a diamond in the dark retains some quenchless gleam of the celestial light.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,1848

We will always remember her with

great fondness and love and will miss

her big smile and laugh.

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