Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX


Tracey Lynn Nelson

October 20, 1957February 12, 2020

Tracey Lynn Nelson died peacefully at her home in Houston during the early morning hours of Wednesday, the 12th of February 2020, following a courageous battle with brain cancer. She was 62 years of age.

She was born on the 20th of October1957 in Borger, Texas, the second of three siblings to Gene and Neva (Mayes) Horn. After a few years and a few moves, Tracey, her mother and siblings settled in Oklahoma City where she graduated in 1975 from John Marshall High School.

Following high school, Tracey attended The University of Oklahoma forging many of her lifelong relationships. She became a member of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta and met her husband, Ray Bob Nelson.

Tracey had a natural and uncanny ability to connect with people. She used her talents to create a successful career as a sales representative in the western apparel industry for various brands, most notably Rodeo America, Fritch Brothers Silversmiths and Rocky Mountain.

Tracey was a very active member in both the Northwest Houston Theta Alumnae group and Northwest Houston Panhellenic Association holding multiple positions including Alumnae President and most recently receiving the 2019 award, Northwest Houston Panhellenic Woman of the Year.

Tracey was best known as a woman with an infectious personality, warmth and generosity. She shared her kindness and zest for life with everyone. Her favorite pastimes included, Jazzercise, traveling with the ‘baseball group,’ lounging at her retreat in Galveston and loving on her grandchildren. Tracey was a collector of friends. She cultivated friendships through all phases of life that were both deep and meaningful. She was able to connect to people of all walks of life, and she nurtured and matured those relationships through time. Her family and friends were her life legacy.

Tracey is preceded in death by grandparents, Edward and Bertha (Smith) Mayes of Dover, Oklahoma, and Harvey and Bertha (Long) Horn of Kingfisher, Oklahoma; her father, Gene Horn of Dover, Oklahoma, and mother, Neva (Mayes) Varner of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and her brother, Shawn Patrick of Fredericksburg, Texas.

Tracey is survived by her beloved husband of forty years, Ray Bob; her daughter, Mallory Bartell and her husband James; her son, Riley and his wife Leslie; and her four grandchildren, Harris Bartell, Gates Nelson, Blair Bartell and Howie Nelson, all of Houston. She is also survived by her parents-in-law, Charles and Charlotte Nelson; siblings, Ron Horn, Steven Horn, Randy Horn, sister-in-law Kathy Horn, sister Kim Burright and their spouses. Tracey is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Tracey during a visitation from four o’clock in the afternoon until seven o’clock in the evening on Thursday, the 20th of February 2020, in the grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

A memorial service celebrating Tracey’s life is to be conducted at ten o’clock in the morning on Friday, the 21st of February, at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church 12955 Memorial Drive in Houston, where the Rev. Colin Bagby, Associate Pastor, Discipleship and Evangelism, will officiate.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in her memory may be directed to Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates, 1501 West Anderson Lane, Suite B-2, Austin, TX, 78757, or by simply clicking on the "donations" link below.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Memorial Service Friday, February 21, 2020


Tracey Lynn Nelson

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Susan Brett Hughes

February 21, 2020

I have your entire family in my prayers. Tracey was someone I always was so happy to see!! Seeing her in the hall at the Theta house, or on campus at OU, I loved it when I saw her!
She was so happy and she and Ray Bob were the fun couple! Everyone that knew
Tracey, no matter how long it has been since they have seen her, will hold her smiling face in their memory of her!!

Elias Gomez

February 21, 2020

Dear Ray,
I wanted to express my sincere condolences to you and your family in these times of sorrow. My prayers are with you.
Elias Gomez

Jennifer Banks

February 20, 2020

Tracey was part of the cypress northwest Jazzercise family. Her smiling face a fixture on the back row. We shared sweat, smiles and shaking to songs.
Deepest sympathy to her family. Rest In Peace Tracey

Gina Garner DDS

February 19, 2020

Tracey’s light shone bright! She brought a beaming smile and joy into every room. I had the pleasure of working with her for years in the Northwest Harris County Alumnae Panhellenic association. She was a wonderful leader to our chapter, mentor to college sorority women, and kind friend. Last year, our group honored her with the Panhellenic Woman of the Year award, a much deserved distinction. Tracey’s many years of service to our organization will not be forgotten and will serve as an example to all.

Donna Smith

February 18, 2020

We will always cherish the past with our loved ones and continue the presence for the future . Praise God for the time you shared with Tracey and Neva. I cherish this song at the Billy Graham Crusade‘s , Just As I Am. We now make the decisions to go on and rejoice to live a good productive life for the past and the future for our loved ones we need to have an eternal focus for our lives. There are times in our lives when Jesus must look down and smile . We have each found God to be true to us . We give honor to the people who have gone before us and have
shared, their wisdom we will never ever
forget them. God bless everyone. Aunt Donna. Love You All.

Gisela Stauder-M

February 16, 2020

In Loving Memory of one of the Nobelist and sweetest Souls I have ever met. Your Spirit was remarkable and uplifting. You have touched people where ever you went. You touched me in many different ways and a part of me will always be with you. My admiration for you has no boundaries. I love you and miss you.
Forever in my Heart.

Jeff Spray

February 14, 2020

Steve Horn, Ron Horn and Ray Nelson families- I am so sorry to learn about Tracey's passing. While we attended the University of Oklahoma, I knew her to be a great sister and later I knew her to enjoy being a wife, mother and grandmother. I last saw Tracey at her nephew Tanner Horn's wedding a few years ago enjoying the moment with her clan . My family's prayers for all of you and my added sympathies for your Mother/Mother in law's passing as well.

Jeff Spray
Charlotte, NC