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Tracy Lea Blodgett Corbett, 57, Ferrisburgh

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FERRISBURGH — The world became at least ten degrees colder and unfathomably less fun on July 5, 2018, when Tracy Lea Blodgett Corbett, 57, left this realm of the living.

Born Dec. 1, 1960, Tracy left an imprint on all she met throughout her school years in New Canaan Conn., Brookfield Conn., Cedar Crest College and University of Vermont. She once landed in Alaska, living within a wilderness that was a fierce contender for her powerful spirit, and facing her own tragedy with the loss of her first husband, Jeff Rousseau.

She eventually returned to Vermont, her heart’s true home, where she went on to thrive and raise her family. Tracy careened through life with the fire and charisma of a true prankster and mischief maker, who could never dream of leaving any passion not pursued, any adventure not seized, any stone unturned. Her contagious laugh and twinkle in her eye left all who knew her better for it. Simply put, Tracy brightened the worlds of all whose paths she crossed.

A true champion of the vulnerable and downtrodden, Tracy poured herself into a life of pure caring. From her many years as a Meals On Wheels coordinator, to her dedication to the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, and her new career at the United Way of Addison County, Tracy understood what the giving of oneself meant.

Whenever she found herself with free time, she dove into Bald Eagle tracking and rehabilitation. She loved fishing and was damned good at it too. She could grow food that would have made her farming ancestors proud. A true advocate for all underdogs, Tracy fostered and adopted countless friends along the way, animals and humans alike.

Throughout her years in Vermont, she sang and practiced flute and bells with Maiden Vermont, MiddWinds, Bristol Band, Weybridge Bell Choir, and Vergennes City Band, with guitar and piano as personal lifelong passions. Any genre, community, or instrument, Tracy always made music, and bringing music to others, a priority.

She acted with the Middlebury Community Players and Middlebury Town Hall theater and was delighted to be one of the Knights of Ni in their rendition of “Spamalot,” for which she donned a pair of stilts. For her vertically challenged stature, she truly was larger than life.

She was a firecracker, and the proud waver of her own freak flag. Her bleeding heart guided her through life, and it never led her astray. Her happiest moments were in service to those who needed someone fearless and determined, for that was her natural state.

Tracy was pre-deceased by her Mother Shirley Olsen Blodgett and Father Melvin C. Blodgett, as well as her older sister Nancy and brother Carl. She is survived and greatly missed by her husband Ned Corbett of Vermont, son Cory Blodgett of Springfield Mass., and daughter Grace Corbett of Vermont; brother Ken Blodgett of North Carolina, beloved nieces and nephews Emily, Elicia, Timothy, Amanda, Michael and Julia; as well as her Northeast Kingdom family David, Neil, Patty, Barbara Jean, and Dennis.

In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation in her name to any of the following charities, which spoke to Tracy’s generous and fiercely caring spirit: Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), Outreach for Earth Stewardship in Shelburne, Vt. (OFES), or The United Way of Addison County, Vt.

As Katherine Hepburn famously said, “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”

Tracy had all the fun, and we will all do honor to her name by breaking some of the rules.◊

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