Teresa Ann “Tracy” Graham of Newark, DE, died of complications from COVID-19 on Sunday, November 22, 2020. Tracy was born on November 13, 1949 at Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC.
In 1967, Tracy graduated from Red Bank High School and in 1968 she graduated from beauty school. In 1979, she moved to Delaware, where she built a following of loyal clients as a highly regarded hairdresser and aesthetician at some of the state’s top salons. Tracy loved being a hairdresser and making people look and feel their best.
It is a difficult task to sum up an individual’s life in a few lines. Tracy was a vibrant woman who worked hard and enjoyed life in equal measure. She loved to travel and appreciated art, music, and history both at home and abroad. She also loved to garden and took great pride in her beautiful backyard, where she grew flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Tracy was also an excellent cook and was at her happiest making a big Southern-style meal for her loved ones. Her biscuits and gravy were out of this world.
Tracy was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey L. Graham and Mary Eloise (Smith/Graham) Rawlston, and her nephew, Saleh Kassabieh. She is survived by her daughter, Desiree (Rocky) Gregory; her partner of twelve years, Benjamin Caudill; her sisters, Pamela (L. Robert, Jr.) Phillips and Sandria Graham and her partner, Ronald Halalay; her nieces Melissa (Scott) De Lap and Jasmine Kassabieh; her nephew Rex Bledsoe; as well as her three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Due to COVID-19, a celebration of Tracy’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation by visiting http://participate.lcrf.org/goto/tracysteelmagnolia.