Tracey D. Boyd-Ellis, age 54, of West Haven, passed away on June 21, 2009. Tracey is the wife of 30 years to Richard A. Ellis, Sr; mother of Lauren Boyd-Ellis of Clinton, Maryland, Marcie & her husband Barry Diggs of West Haven and Richard Jr. & his wife Verna Ellis of Waterbury; grandmother of Richard Ellis, Brooklynn Diggs, Skylar Diggs & Ryenne Diggs; sister of Maureen Poindexter of Beaumont, CA, and sister in-law of Sharon Blue of West Haven. Tracey was born in New Haven on January 22, 1955, the daughter of George S. Boyd of West Haven and the late Shirley L. Boyd. Tracey was a 1973 graduate of West Haven High School. She was employed at Yale University for 25 years. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with her family at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Friday, June 26, 2009 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM followed by her Funeral Service at 11:00 AM. Tracey's interment will be Private.

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  1. Boyd-Ellis Family Deepest sympathy to your family, from ours. We loved, and adored Tracey, and are so saddened by your loss. Our prayers extend to you, and we will ask God to give you strength during this difficult time. It was a joy, and a blessing to have known Tracey, We will cherish the memories of her forever. We will miss her dearly. God Bless, you all.

  2. Cousins, Nothing I or anyone can say will lessen the pain inflicted by your loss. So grieve however is best and for as long as you need, but find solace in knowing that Tracey’s spirit is eternally alive! I am here in any way you can use me. My sympathy and condolence….

  3. Dear Elder Ellis & Family, It was such a shock to hear that your wife had passed. I will never forget how her face would light up with a smile when she greeted you and how she was so kind and sweet to our grandchildren. Tracey had such a kind and honest way about her. She will be greatly missed. Elder Ellis we love you and pray that God will give you the strength you need during this difficult time. We Love you

  4. Dear Family- I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Tracy. Those of you who know, Tracy and I were best friends while growing up in West Haven. We shared many good times together and spent alot of time at each others home. I am truly going to miss running into her and talking about the good old days. Most of all, I am going to miss that little twinkle in her eyes as we walked down memory lane laughing and joking about life. May you find comfort in the days ahead, remembering the love she gave you all. Share her love with each other Always! and feel blessed to have had her in your life. I will truly miss seeing her. Take Care, Stay Close and GOD Bless! Arlene

  5. Dearest Ellis Family, My heart and prayers go out to you all. I am deeply saddened to hear about Tracey passing. I extend my deepest sympathy. Tracey was a beautiful person and true friend to me. Her beautiful smile, kind words and caring ways exemplified and reflected her beauty from the inside out. Her friendship and kind deeds will never be forgotten. I pray that God will comfort and strengthen each and everyone of you at this time of bereavement. Love and Prayers, Areta (Rita) Huckaby

  6. Ellis Family, I was very sad to hear of Tracey’s passing. Tracey will be missed for her kind words, interest and support. She was a beautiful person. May God give you continued peace during this time.

  7. Hey, cousin richie i am so very sorry about your loss and I want you to know that i am praying for you and your family for strength through all of this auntie sharon was a good woman and also very friendly and i personally will never forget her she will be totally missed by me and my family The Tolsons, and the Vincent family

  8. May God watch over you and yours durning this time. With a heavy heart but a prayer mind I wish Peace and strangth for you all.

  9. Our condolences go out to Lauren and her family during this time of bereavement. We will always remember your mother’s warm smile and her love for her family. L, anytime you need us we are right here for you.

  10. Rich, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family. You will be in our prayers. The girls in the office of C. Cowles & Company (Adele, Regina, Michele, Marilyn, Carla and Elaine)

  11. Richard & Family, I was also sadden to hear that my friend of over 40 years had passed. She was a true friend indeed. Her smile and laughter was contagious. Tracy you will be missed. Love you, may you rest in peace.

  12. Richard, Verna & RJ, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. I am sure Mom would say I’ve had some good days and some bad. Thank God the good ones out weighed the bad ones. Cherish her Love and the Legacy she has left behind with your children. Submitted with much Love, Aunt Jackie

  13. Richard, Verna and RJ, Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Remember that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. We love you!

  14. To Elder Ellis, Loren, Richard & Marcy…I was saddened to hear about the passing of Tracey. Everytime your wife/mom saw me, there was always a real smile and conversation. I really cared a lot for her because she was so real and kind and always had a kind word whenever we saw one another. It was a blessing to have known her and she will be missed.

  15. To my mother: There is so much that I have left to say that I don’t know where to begin. You are the best mother that anyone could have and I am so truly blessed to be able to say that you are mine. You are not only my mother but you are my best friend and my world will not be the same without you in it. We are definitely two of a kind and you will live through me as long as I am on this earth. I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND ALWAYS!!!

  16. To Richie and Family: I know Tracy would want us all to be strong and to carry on. This is easier said then done. Please accept our deepest sympathy and love.

  17. To the Ellis Family Words are difficult in the light of your loss. I will be thinking of you with heartfelt sympathy. Hattie Benson

  18. To The Ellis Family, May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

  19. To the Ellis family, Ms. Tracey showed and gave respect to those that did the same. She didn’t take any mess. Ms.Tracey was a caring, funny, kind,all around good person. I will miss running into her at the grocery store for you Elder. I missed her when she cut her hair and stop coming into the shop. I loved our conversation and will miss her very much.My prayers are with you all.

  20. To the Ellis Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you the strength and comfort during this difficult time. If there is anything we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to call us. WE LOVE YOU.

  21. Tracey: co-worker,My friend,my confidant you will be missed more than anyone would know. I can find peace in my heart knowing that you are in a better place, no more Pain, Saddness or Disappointments of this crazy world!! ONLY THE JOY AND SWEET PRESENCE OF THE LORD!!! I Love You Tracey Adrienne

  22. Dearest Mother: Words cannot explain how I feel at this time. You were always strong, encouraging, thoughtful, supportive, and real. You helped people even when you did not have to and never looked for anything in return; I admired that about you. I cannot imagine my life here on Earth without you, but I am comforted by the fact that you will be with my grandmother’s and you all will be watching over me. Do not worry about Daddy or Poppy; Marcie and I will care for them the way you always have. I am very lucky to have you as a Mother and only hope that I will one day be half the mother you were to me. You can rest now my sweetie pie. Please stay in touch; I’ll see you again. With all the love in my heart, Lauren


  24. Mother: I can’t begin to explain how I feel but I want you to know that the tears that I shed are not tears of sadness but tears of joy. For I know that you rest in the arms of the Lord, Jesus Christ. I consider it an honor to be your son and I am honored that the Lord would take the time to create the the perfect model of a mother, name her Tracey Ellis, and assign her to me. My prayer is that God gives me a portion of the wisdom that he has given you in order to teach my son how to grow up to be a honorable man. I miss you already and I will Love you until my final day. I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN!!!

  25. My condolences go out to the Boyd/Ellis/Diggs families in your time of grief. Tracey will be misssed by many!

  26. My condolences to all of Tracey’s family. I graduated with her in 1973 from WHHS. She was always smiling. That’s how I remember her. Even when I would run into her around West Haven through the years, she and I would .catch up. and she was always smiling, just like in high school. I am so sorry for your lose. Tracey was a very special person and it saddens me to know I will no longer run into her around West Haven. But, I’m sure I’ll see her again someday. I just looked in my yearbook at her picture. Lots of school memories with her. God bless you all and I will pray for you and Tracey. When I say the rosary at my church this Saturday, it will be dedicated to Tracey.



  29. To my mother-In- Law, Gone but certainly not forgotten, we are separated physically by death but are bound eternally through our love and faith in Jesus Christ. Though I cannot see you, I know you are here. Though I cannot touch you, I can feel the warmth of your smile. Thank you for the words of wisdom. Thank you for the love you’ve shown too R.J., and Thank you for the everlasting impact that you have made in our lives. You are forever in our hearts…forever in our thoughts…and forever in our lives. You will be missed. I Love You.

  30. To the Boyd and Ellis Family: Sorry to hear of the passing of Tracy. May memories and love be of some comfort to you at such a difficult time. I am a former neighbor from Nonquit Street-knew Shirley and Knockie. Peace be with you. God bless!


  32. To the Ellis Children : The nucleus of a family has passed on but not away. Always remember you are .of her.. She is half of you. Notice how you smile like her, how you may act .just like mommy., notice how you just said the same exact thing she may have. She lives in and through you. You are an extention of, a replication of, a creation of, Mrs. Tracey Boyd-Ellis. As long as you love, laugh, breathe, remember, and procreate, she will never pass away, only ON and ON and ON. To Mr. Ellis: I am a friend of your daughter Marcie. I send you my deepest and sincere condolences. Your daughter spoke frequently of the love you and your wife shared. She spoke with pride and admiration. EVEN though I didn’t know you both well, I felt a very strong and powerful love in her dictation. A love all children wish they knew in their parents, a love we all want for ourselves. I am so sorry for your unimaginable loss. Tanisha Stewart-Boyd and family.

  33. To the Ellis Family, my prayers are with you all. Tracey will be missed, she always met me with a smile and quick wit; a wonderful person to know and I am blessed to have known her. May you find some peace in knowing that she touched many people and we love and miss her. With Gods love, Sidena

  34. To The Ellis Family, Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May God keep you and strenghthen you through this difficult journey. We Love You.

  35. To the Ellis Family: May God watch and protect you as mourn the Homegoing our your beloved Spouse, Mother, Grandmother. May you find Peace in knowing she is resting in the arms of our Lord and Saviour free from all the earthly worries. May God bless you and Heaven smile upon you. Dee

  36. To The Ellis Family: So sorry to hear about the passing of Tracey. I didn’t know her on a personal level, however, I will always remember her warm, gentle, and sincere smile whenever I saw her. She will be sadly missed by many. Sincerely, Irma Russ

  37. Tracey I am at a lost for words, Richard, and Family only the Father knows the things we can bear and how we would be able to stand the test. My prayer for you is that He will sustain you through this difficult time. Be strong and very courageous, and He will strengthen thine Heart.

  38. Uncle Knocky, Richard, Lauren, Rich, and Marcie: I was so sad to hear about Tracey…my big cousin. I will miss her. It was always such a joy to see her and talk with her. We would share our ‘father’ stories and she would give me advice. I loved her and I love you guys!! I know this is a difficult time. Family is so important to me and we are family. Don’t hesitate to call if you ever need me for anything.

  39. We are so saddened by your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Lauren, don’t be a stranger, we are here for you ALWAYS! Stay strong in knowing that he doesn’t give you more than you can bare. With all our love, McKell and LaShon Beamon

  40. Lauren Marcie, & Richard, I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers will always be with you, Love you always! SHE WAS MY MOM TOO!

  41. Lauren, My prayers and thoughts are with you, and your family. May the memories you have comfort you. May God keep and strengthen you through this difficult season.

  42. Lauren, We are terribly sorry for your loss. I never got the opportunity to meet your mom, but you spoke highly of her all the time. Through you, I felt how much you loved her and how close the two of you were. If you EVER need anything, we’re only a phone call away. We love you and will keep your family in our prayers.

  43. Marcie, We’re so sorry to here about your loss. Our prayers are with you. Keep the faith God knows best. Hope to see you soon.

  44. May your faith comfort you, and may the Lord wrap you in His love and bring you peace. Mr & Mrs Wm. Glover & Family

  45. To the Ellis Family , You have my deepest sympathy, Ms. Tracey was a beautiful woman inside and out. She was also very funny. She left a part of herself in each of you, when you feel like she’s gone just look in the mirror and there you’ll see her

  46. To The Ellis Family May God keep you in this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

  47. To the Ellis Family. Tracey was a true jewel who was the personification of a woman full of grace. I want to take this time to thank her again for being such a support to me and my son at a time when I really needed help. I pray that the memories of Tracey will always make you smile. With Love,

  48. To the family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your love one. I pray that God will put his arms around you, to give you comfort and peace. Remember there is no sorrow that God cannot heal. I am Tamika and Tushima Daniels mother. With much love and pray you will be comforted.

  49. To Elder Ellis and Family.Tracey will be missed, she was a great person.She always had something encouraging to say. We even shared a laugh or two. May God strengthen and keep you all. MY prayers are with you.

  50. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. This will be a difficult time for you all; know that so many people share in your loss and are praying for restoration and healing in your lives. There’s no way to justify death except that it releases our loved ones from pain and suffering of this world. Mrs. Tracey was a wonderful mother, wife, and woman; She was truly a Phenomenal Woman.

  51. To The Family: Very few are often Blessed to have known and shared their life with a Woman of Virtue. Tracey, a loving wife and friend, a supportive mother, caring and endearing, epitomized what the scripture defines as a Virtuous Woman. I will keep you all in my prayers, and remember the Beauty that she possessed within. May God Bless and Comfort you all. Elder-Elect Alvic Ward

  52. Lauren, Please accept my Family’s deepest condolences on behalf of your Family! Continue to speak about your Mother as you have always; it was though I’d had met her simply because of how you always spoke of her. Please let me know when you are back in Maryland; talk with you very soon. The Lee’s Keith, Kim & Krysta

  53. To The Ellis Family: My deepest sympathies for the loss of your wife, mother, and grandmother. I was away and did not know about this very tragic event. Tracey was a wonderful person and she will be dearly missed. Sue Marino

  54. Marcie and Family, We would like to offer our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God continue to give you and your family the strenght they need to make it through these difficult days. Our prayers are with you..May God’s love comfort you. We love you. Uncle Daryl and Aunt Joyce and Family

  55. Dear Ellis Family, I have known Tracey since she was a child. Her beautiful smile is what I will always remember about her. She will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Always remember she is smiling down on all of you from heaven. My deepest sympathy Patty Gifford-Jones and Family

  56. I was one of Mrs. Boyd-Ellis’s doctors at Yale and took care of her in May/June 2009. She was a lovely, patient and wise woman, and she taught me, a brand new doctor at that point, a lot about medicine that I will never forget. I am moving away from New Haven and stumbled across her name in some of my old things, and then found this memorial site. I wanted to send along my thoughts and prayers. I will always remember her.

  57. Lauren,Please accept my Family’s deepest condolences on behalf of your Family! Continue to speak about your Mother as you have always; it was though I’d had met her simply because of how you always spoke of her. Please let me know when you are back in Maryland; talk with you very soon. The Lee’sKeith, Kim & Krysta

  58. Marcie, We’re so sorry to here about your loss. Our prayers are with you. Keep the faith God knows best. Hope to see you soon.

  59. To my mother: There is so much that I have left to say that I don’t know where to begin. You are the best mother that anyone could have and I am so truly blessed to be able to say that you are mine. You are not only my mother but you are my best friend and my world will not be the same without you in it. We are definitely two of a kind and you will live through me as long as I am on this earth. I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND ALWAYS!!!

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