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Gertrude Ann Colby

March 1, 1927 November 9, 2017
Gertrude Ann Colby
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Gertrude Ann Bednorz Colby, 90, former Tacoma Schools classroom teacher, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2017, surrounded by family. Gertrude was ‘Trudi’ to her loving husband of 64 years, Bill, and their many friends. She was ‘Mom!’ to their four daughters, Andrea, Sara, Lisa, and Celia, and ‘Mother Trudi’ to handsome sons-in-law, Rodger, Anthony, and Vance. She was ‘Grandma’ to Austin and Alexa, and ‘GaGa’ (Great Grandma) to granddaughters Colby Gene and Eva Marie. For over 20 years she was ‘Mrs. Colby’ to over 750 children in Tacoma Public Schools, from 1965 -1988.
Originally from Wilmer, MN, Trudi grew up in the nation’s heartland as the daughter of a train engineer, Joseph, and wife Adelia. Trudi lived in Iowa and South Dakota before studying speech pathology at the University of Minnesota, then completing her Masters in Education at Los Angeles State College. She began her career in speech therapy first in California, then in Portland, OR, where she joined a Bridge Club and met a dashing young printmaker artist. Gertrude and Bill Colby married in 1955 and raised their family in Tacoma, where Bill joined the Art Department at the University of Puget Sound and Mrs. Colby became a speech therapist. Later Trudi taught first and second grade with an emphasis on Language Arts for over 20 years, at Whittier, Franklin, Roosevelt, and finally Stanley Schools. She juggled Camp Fire Girls clubs, sports, and academic activities for her daughters, led Teachers’ Union participation, and managed family trips to U.S. Parks and Europe over the years.
In retirement Trudi was a docent at Metro Parks Snake Lake Nature Center and at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, extending her enthusiasm to students of all ages. She enjoyed sewing and quilting. Trudi and Bill were active in Tacoma civic activities, social groups, and Elks and Chalet Bowl bowling leagues. Bill and Trudi were active cruisers, floating from the Caribbean Islands to the Alaskan fjords to the Scandinavian Seas, her heritage. She and Bill drew much pleasure from family, friends, and world travel. There will be private remembrances at the Colby home. If you can read this, thank a teacher.
Arrangements by Edwards Memorial, Funerals Homes, Chapels and Crematories.

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