American Field

Mae Tracy Has Died

By Mary Tracy | Aug 01, 2019
Mae Tracy

At the recent Purina Awards weekend in Nashville, Tenn., in June, Rick Eisenhart, joined by his mother and father, Merv and Arlene, were on hand for son and grandson Luke Eisenhart’s recognition — the 2018-2019 Purina All-Age Handler of the Year, and handler of the Purina Top All-Age Award winner.

Absent was Chris Eisenhart, Luke’s mother, who was in Glenville, Pa., with her mother Mae Tracy who reportedly was not doing well.

Mae Tracy, matriarch of the Tracy family, died at home on July 26 at age 95 surrounded by her family.

Mae was born in Paradise Township, Pennsylvania on October 7, 1923. She and her late husband Gerald Tracy operated Trachaven Kennels in Glenville, Pa., for 45 years. Like all wives who partner with their husband in the bird dog game, she took care of the dogs and the kennel while Gerald was away.

Gerald Tracy had a successful pointing dog career — due in large measure to Mae’s support — elected to the Field Trial Hall of Fame in 1983 and handling the first Top Shooting Dog Award winner in 1982-1983 — Rocky River Buck, owned by Irv Mohnkern of State College, Pa. Gerald, to his credit, was a strong supporter of local clubs’ weekend trials. He died in 2003.

Mae was a frequent attendee at the Purina Awards weekends, especially when her son, George, or grandsons, Mike Tracy and Luke Eisenhart, were among the Purina Awards winners.

Her granddaughter Jeanette Tracy is an accomplished trainer in her own right, and great grandsons Billy Kerr and Dillon Shaffer are also involved with training dogs.

Mae is survived by her sons Gerald (Ann) and George (Mary), daughters Joy (Richard) Shaffer and Christie (Rick) Eisenhart; eleven grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.

Services were held August 2, and that evening a celebration of her life was held at George and Mary Tracy’s home in Glenville, Pa.

Mae will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who loved her family, God and her church.

Rest in peace, dear lady.


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