March 13, 1942 — Jan. 6, 2015

Edith Nel Ortiz, 72, of Tracy, died in her sleep Tuesday at her home. No services are planned.

Mrs. Ortiz was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and raised in Napa. She and her husband lived in Tracy from 1984 to 1999 before moving to Modesto. She returned to Tracy in 2009 to live with nephew Thomas Wayne Fidler.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Rudy Mark Ortiz, who is in a Manteca care home; a brother, William Floyd Simms of Napa; two nephews; three great-nieces; and two great-nephews.

Two sisters, Johnnie Henson and Rose Marrie Crandell, preceded her in death.

Her body will be given to science through BioGift.

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