Longtime Poulsbo resident and family business matriarch, Shirley Jean Tracy, age 92, passed away peacefully on November 4th, 2018. Shirley was born March 30, 1926 in Yakima, Washington and moved with her family to Bremerton, Washington where she attended high school classes in the morning and in the afternoon operated a radial drill press at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as high school youth were required to contribute production time when an influx of people was needed during WWII. In early 1944, she met her future husband, Darrel Vaughn Tracy, when they attended a youth dance at a local church with mutual friends. Sharing similar beliefs, Shirley, shortly thereafter, converted to Darrel’s Mormon faith and they were married four months later. They began their family in Bremerton, Washington. At the time of Darrel’s passing in 2011, they had been married 67 years.
In 1956, the couple relocated to Poulsbo and began an insurance business which grew to offer many services such as auto licensing, tax return preparation, and real estate sales. The business eventually became known as Tracy Realty and Insurance Service, INC. which was located on Front Street in downtown Poulsbo for 35 years. The couple also was resourceful with several real estate investments, building several homes, and developing the first phase of the current Royal Viking Mobile Home Park on Lincoln Hill.
In addition to their business and community contribution, Shirley and her husband devoted much of their spare time to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and their five children. Shirley spent years of extensive research in family genealogy which revealed centuries of family history originating from Scotland, Wales, and England. She held numerous positions within the church as a faithful member throughout the years as well as spending 18 months on a mission for their church in London, England. Utilizing their professional skills and experience, they managed the insurance policies for a fleet of automobiles used throughout England by young Mormon missionaries.
Shirley is survived by her five children, Judith of Montesano, WA: Darrell II (Josephine) of La Connor, WA; John (Patty of Oak Harbor, WA: Brian of Palm Springs, CA: and Angela (Robert) of Poulsbo, WA, 14 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.
At her request, a private family graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, Shirley requested remembrances be directed toward Fishline.