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Date of Birth: July 24, 1964

Date of Death: April 26, 2022

Tracy Ann Nelson (Carter), 57, passed away Tuesday, April 26th, 2022, in Glendale Arizona with family and loved ones by her side. She was born July 24th, 1964, in Grand Junction, Colorado, the daughter of Rokell Carter and Shirley Ely. Tracy married David Nelson on July 1st, 1983, in the Jordan River Temple. She graduated in 1982 and was a woman of many trades. She enjoyed babysitting, grant writing for the Child Development Center and United Way, selling Aflac, and working with the kids at the Deer Valley Unified School District. In 2016 Dave and Tracy relocated from Rock Springs, Wyoming to Glendale, Arizona to get out of the snow and enjoy the heat. Tracy was known for her generosity, empathy, and charitable nature. She enjoyed spending time with family, camping, and riding four-wheelers with friends, family, and her grand puppies. Some of her favorite things were holding all the babies in the family, the color purple, gardening, and photography. She loved reading, enjoying music, playing games, riding rollercoasters, attending plays, and swimming in her new pool. Tracy was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and scattered sunshine everywhere she went. Survivors include her husband David Nelson of Glendale, AZ; mother, Shirly Ely of Rock Springs, WY; son, Shaun (Shawnie) Nelson of American Fork, UT; daughter, Alissa Nelson of Chandler, AZ; bonus grandchildren, Max and Violet; sister, Ginny (Tom) Koshar of Rock Springs, WY; sister, Shelly (Blaine) Johnson of Rock Springs, WY; brother, B (Robin) Carter of Phoenix, AZ. She was preceded in death by her father, stepfather, Frank Ely and grandparents. The family would like to give an extra special thank you to Toni, Laura, Lou, Gail, Renee, and Mary-Rose at Hospice of the Valley, and many others whom we may have inadvertently forgotten, for your kind and loving care for our mother.

Service Information

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm, Saturday May 7th, 2022, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5250 W Thunderbird Road, Glendale AZ 85306 The services will be streamed live at the following link:


The family asks that flowers be sent to the church an hour before services. Tracy was an integral part of the DVUSD Big Kid Book Club, so we ask that any donations made in Tracyโ€™s name be sent to Deer Valley Unified School District โ€“add โ€œBig Kid Book Clubโ€ in the memo line and mail to 20402 N 15th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85027.