Tracy Ann (Ansel) Russin

Tracy Ann (Ansel) Russin passed away peacefully on July 3, 2018. She spent her last few days surrounded by family, friends and her beloved dogs, Oreo and Peanut.

 She was born in San Diego, California on April 16, 1945 to Frank N. and Lois J. Ansel.  She is survived by her children, Shawn (Lindsey) Woodworth and David (Cheryl) Easler; step-children Bob (Amy) Russin, Dave (Paula) Russin, and Barbara (Rocky) Giannini; grandchildren Anthony and Casey Finken, Kylee (Aaron) Lovely, Dylan Easler, Cadence and Devon Russin, Zachary Russin, Melody Giannini; great grandchild Parker Lovely; Mother Lois Ansel; siblings Frank (Sara) Ansel, Jeanne (Marty) Sirkin, Tinker Bargelt, Rick (Dory) Ansel, and Bob (Cheryl) Ansel; and many nieces and nephews. 

 Tracy’s passion in retirement was sewing, especially quilts, clothing, and machine embroidery. She was a member of the Suncoast Quilt Guild for many years, and happily spent Tuesday and Friday evenings quilting with friends.

Tracy was given the gift of life, and now she has to give it back. This is hard for all of us. But she was a very lucky woman, who led a lucky existence, and for this she was grateful. She learned in March of this year that she had a terminal disease of the lungs and at that time she decided to be joyful about having had a full life, rather than sad about having to die. Amazingly, this outlook worked for her and made all around her laugh and smile. (Well, you know, most of the time.) At any rate, she is at peace and on that upbeat note, she makes her journey to visit family and friends that she has missed for so long.

Jeanne and I (Shawn) are deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support in many heart-felt forms from too many people to name individually, but including: family, friends, neighbors, Northside Hospital, Suncoast Hospice, and even random acts of kindness through total “strangers”.

 A Remembrance gathering for Tracy will be held on Friday, July 13th from 4:30 until 7:30 pm.  Location: Club House; 3884 107th Avenue North; Clearwater, FL. 33762.  There will be a buffet and beverages.     

Please sport her favorite color Purple Ribbons – Prayers, Good wishes, Memories. Please write your message on a ribbon (provided) and we will burn all messages on Saturday, July 14th so that Tracy can receive them all. 

If you are unable to attend and would like to have a message sent, please send to Shawn Woodworth; 6565 64th Way North; Pinellas Park, FL 33781 to be received no later than 7/13/18.

 In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made to:

Chihuahua Rescue

Suncoast Hospice

 "You make a living by what you get ... you make a life by what you give"  ~ Winston Churchhill

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Amy Anderson

Beautifully written Shawn. You described your mom well. She will be missed but I do agree, from the little amount I’ve been around her, she really had a great attitude this year. When I think of her, I see her big smile. And I know she’s finally at peace. Love to you.
Amy A

Gaye Giddings

Dear Shawn, we are so sad to hear about the passing of your mom. I know how that feels. I know exactly how to pray for you and your family. I remember the family gatherings at your house with your mom there. She was always smiling. We will definitely be there on Friday for the memorial. I love you, Shawn!

Love and prayers,

Carrie Ciak

Tracy was surely a special woman. She shared her zesty for living and sewing with us.
What a beautiful tribute you have created.

Norene Dagly

Tracy and I sat across from each other while sewing on Tuesday and Friday nights. We shared laughter, special stories and prayers. She had overcome barriers thru patience and determination. Always ready to try something new or learn a new skill, she was an inspiration to so many. Thank you for your gift of life.

Cindy zmodesitt

Saying goodbye is never easy but I watched Tracy do it with grace and comfort. Thank you Shawn and Jean and all of her friends for the love and compassion given to Tracy and to each other. I will miss her!

Rita b.

Tracy was a great person, will really miss her.


Bob, I’m so sorry for your loss. You don’t know me, but I have been looking for Amy for years. If you get this message, please ask Amy to call Brenda from Maryland at (443) 529-6623. Thank you.