Tracy E. Carnes June 30, 1954-August 26, 2018

I am very sad to report that Tracy Carnes, my fourth cousin, once removed, passed away on August 26, 2018. Tracy had been battling cancer for a number of years and was only 64 when she died. She was survived by her partner Rita Goodman and her sisters Rebecca Alden and Virginia Voges.

Tracy had connected with me almost three years ago when she left a comment on my blog saying that she believed we were related through her grandmother, who was born Celia Nusbaum, but known to Tracy and her family as Sally Carnes. Celia’s story had been a challenge for me as she and her husband Inglis Cameron and their son Edward James Cameron had seemingly vanished in the 1920s. Together Tracy and I combined our information, and through further research we learned much more about her grandparents and father, though some questions were left unanswered. We concluded that the family had probably changed their identity and gone into hiding after cooperating with the government in the prosecution of a securities fraud case in Philadelphia. The story of Celia Nusbaum and her family can be found here and here, titled “The Mystery of the Philadelphia Lawyer.”

Over the last few years I had kept up with Tracy through occasional emails and through her page on the CaringBridge website, where she wrote about her medical treatments and about her courageous and determined fight against cancer. Although not raised Jewish, she had returned to Judaism and found much comfort in her faith and in her life with Rita and their pets. My heart goes out to Rita, Beckie, and Ginger, and to all of Tracy’s loved ones.

May her memory be for a blessing.

29 thoughts on “Tracy E. Carnes June 30, 1954-August 26, 2018

  1. It’s always so hard to lose a loved one, friend, whether we have known them all our lives or newly connected. My thoughts too are with you and her family and friends. I was so sad to read of this connection and loss Amy – my condolences.

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  2. My condolences to Tracy’s family, partner and you. You entered her life at a good time since now your research abilities and family history experience helped answer some questions and provide a degree of closure. That Tracy found strength and peace in her faith was also a good development.

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  3. Hi Amy. Upsetting news about your cousin Tracy. So many of my own family and friends have
    been affected by cancer at a young age and it’s difficult to understand why. I share Cathy’s view regarding the joy of finding out about distant cousins and the many benefits of blogging. Intersting
    Tracy returned to the Jewish faith in latter years.

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