Gertude "Trude" Rossman - July 2005
Current name: Trude Meadowcroft
Grammar School: Central
High School activities: GAA, Honor T, Pi Alpha Tau,
Finance, Election and Survey, Student Congress, Snow
Great Years! Following high school I attended Oregon State University to study Home Economics. Decided to pursue an
Elementary Education degree. My first job was in Salem, OR and last position in Washington. I completed 27 years in second grade with the Grandview School System. I married Warren Meadowcroft in 1958. Our two sons were born in Hillsboro, Oregon while Warren was in Optometry Pro-fessional School. We moved to Sunnyside, Washington in 1961. I retired in 1992. I enjoy doing some volunteering in the local school system. I decided to learn guitar and I also occasionally play tennis with friends and also do church activities. I enjoy gardening and joining Warren in adventures of travel. We are also blessed with 2 grandchildren.
One of the fun part of my life has been attending Marin "52" mini reunions. Thanks to all that helped make those gatherings so successful. Great Blessings to All.
Thu, July 28, 2005 PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2005
"Trude" Gertrude Emily Rossman Meadowcroft Smith Funeral Home SUNNYSIDE - Our happy and beautiful mother, sister, and grandma, Trude Meadowcroft, 70, of Sunnyside, Washington, unexpectedly flittered off like a butterfly to be with the lord and her heavenly family on Friday, July 22, 2005. Her earthly life, a collection of actions of loving, teaching, spirituality, and sharing, is now complete.
Trude was born to Dr. Frank and Margaret Rossman, on August 18, 1934, in Ross, California. She was raised in the wonderful community of Sausalito, California. She had many fun experiences "Trude" Gertrude Emily Rossman Meadowcroft during these more simple times. She graduated from Tamalpais, High School in 1952. She went on to attend Oregon State University, and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and the Sea Horses aquatics team. She received her degree in Home Economics and Education in 1956. She began her teaching career in Salem, Oregon, and it was then that her old high school sweetheart, Warren Meadowcroft, came back into her life, now a handsome naval officer. Warren and Trude were married in 1958. In the early 1960s, Warren attended optometry college in Oregon and Trude gave birth to two boys, Dean and Keith. In 1964, the family settled in Sunnyside, where Warren began a 40-year practice as an optometrist and Trude resumed her career in elementary education in the Grandview school district. She would spend 27 of her dedicated 35-year teaching career in Grandview, enriching the lives of so many lower valley students. It was her forever-young mind that made her connect so well with the children. To spend more time with her boys, she became a dedicated den mother in the scouting program in the early 70s. Over the years, she enjoyed many adventures of flying, camping, hiking, motorcycling, sailing, and visiting Sunvriver, OR with Warren and her family.
In retirement, she remained hard working, caring for her mother, singing in the Yakima Symphony Chorus with Warren, gardening, and traveling wherever in the world that her family and friends were. Trude was an extremely spiritual person and dedicated member of her church. She was a person that didn't just read God's word, she lived it. It guided her to be positive, loving, caring, and happy throughout her entire life. It was her faith that gave her the strength to continue to grow as a person after the sudden loss of both her husband and son. She was a friend to all she met and genuinely interested in everybody and everything about them. Trude was the epitome of goodness and all that is right with the world and we that knew her will miss her inspiration and brightness forever. Trude is survived by her son Keith Meadowcroft and his wife Julie, of Yakima, her grandchildren Kevin and Jenny Meadowcroft of Yakima, her brother Bruce Rossman of Mill Valley, CA, and many close relatives. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Warren Meadowcroft, son Dean, and her parents.