Tracie Louise Gibson, of Chesapeake, VA was born in Oakland, California on June 5, 1962 to Marva L. Clay and Nelson Cage II (deceased). She graduated from McClymonds High School and resided in California until she relocated to Virginia in 1988, where she accepted Christ at Tabernacle of Prayer for All People in Norfolk. She worked for a brief period of time at Conforma Laboratories in Norfolk, and in 1998 she became employed by Tricare Service Center as an appointment clerk. She served in that capacity under multiple contracts through the Hampton Roads Appointing Center/Portsmouth Naval Hospital until her death. Also for the past 20 years, Tracie served the community as a tax preparer with H&R Block and as a result of her honesty and attention to detail, she was able to build a faithful client base.
Tracie became a member of Calvary Revival Church in May 2003. She faithfully served in the Bookstore, the Hospitality, and LifeKidz Ministries. In LifeKidz, she taught the 1st and 2nd grade class and was known for her passion and creativity in ministering to the children and was never afraid to step “out of the box” to teach the Word to her students. The LifeKidz children (and staff) especially enjoyed Tracie’s reward system which often included her world famous fried chicken wings. She served on the Food Committee for special events in the ministry, and if ever there was need to collect money for any reason, Tracie became the “Enforcer” and made sure all parties honored their financial commitments. At the time of her illness, she also worked Registration and she was serving as team leader for 1st and 2nd grade volunteers and would regularly call her team members to check on them, encourage and pray with them.
Tracie will always be remembered for her friendliness, her loyalty and fierce devotion to family and friends. She had a huge heart and was self-appointed caretaker for everyone that she loved. If it was in her power to provide, she would never let anyone she cared about go without. She had a contagious laugh and loved to hang out with her “crew” and travel or do any fun activity. Her friendships and love for family were lifelong, and she will be greatly missed, but never ever forgotten.
Tracie leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Marva L. Clay, sister, Aledgia Childress (Norfolk) and brother Nelson Cage III (Carolyn) of Chesapeake; brother, Tommy Ramsey (California), sister Beverly McIver (Texas), her aunt Patricia Goodman (Texas), nephews, Anthony Cage (Tawanda) of North Carolina, Daniel Cage (Chesapeake); Tommy Ramsey Jr. (California) and nieces Cedrica Wade (Terrell) of Michigan, Ilena Ramsey (California) and Natalia Cage (Chesapeake), a host of cousins, grand nieces and nephews, and a many dear friends and extended family.