You can shed a tear because she's gone
Or you can smile because she has lived!
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Tracey Lynne Ducharme, on Monday, July 15, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Tracey was born on Jan. 30, 1967 in Ottawa, Ont. She was adopted by Laurel and Clarence Ducharme in March 1968, and moved to the Rainy River District shortly after.
Tracey married Duane Kowbluk in 1985 and they had three children, Emily, Brittany and Billy.
After her separation from Duane, Tracey met Stan Jakins and the two of them later had two children, Amber and Chris.
As an adult, Tracey sought out information about her biological parents and was able to form a relationship with her biological father and siblings.
Tracey spent many years as a PSW, caring for the elderly. She enjoyed baking and crafting; she could often be found crocheting and beading.
Tracey loved being in the Rainy River District; although she spent most of her life living away, she always considered it her home.
Year after year, Tracey travelled back to the area to spend a month at her family cabin on Rainy Lake.
After the sale of the family cabin, her visits home became less frequent but she always talked about moving back.
After many years of consideration, Tracey made the move from B.C. back to Fort Frances in 2017 where she spent her remaining years reconnecting with family and old friends.
Tracey leaves behind her children, Emily, Brittany, Amber, Chris (Mikayla); grandchildren, Kylee, Payton and Sophie; brothers, Barry, Mark and JC; sisters, Aurelle and Tina; and fathers, Clarence Ducharme and Claude Dechamps (Joan).
She was predeceased by her son, Billy; mother, Laurel; brother, Todd and; sister, SherryLynn.
Tracey's final wishes were to be cremated and to have a joint celebration of life with her brother, Todd, who passed away just before she got sick.
A come-and-go celebration will be held in the home of her long-time friends, Sandy and Brian Cochrane on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. at 53 Bear Street, Rainy River First Nations.
If desired, memorial donations may be made In Tracey's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Riverside Foundation for Health Care (palliative care), c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo ON P0W 1E0.