Gertrude (Trudy) Fleming was born at her grandparents’ house in Hurdland, Missouri, on January 3, 1928, to the late Dr. Hugh Alexander and Golda Ladwig Schuetz. She entered the Church Triumphant on Sunday, March 8, 2015.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, her sister Bobby Ann Wagner and her brother Charles Schuetz. She is survived by one brother Dr. Hugh A. (Deborah) Schuetz Jr. of St. James, Missouri, three daughters, Judith (Dennis) Stewart of Tyler, Jennifer (Randy) Floyd of Seagraves, TX, Jessica Cox of Tyler and her brother-in-law Dr. William Wagner of Grand Rapids, MI. She is also survived by six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, three nieces plus many cousins and friends. Trudy will be remembered as a mother to many because of her ability to provide love, advice, and comfort to her many friends of all ages.
Trudy began her college career at age 16 at Culver Stockton Women’s College then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a major in biology from Kirksville Teachers’ College, now Truman State University. She taught biology in Jefferson City, Baring, and Kirksville, Missouri. She returned to school in 1972 and attended the Methodist School of Nursing in Lubbock earning her RN degree. She earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas in Tyler in 1975. She began her nursing career for the Texas Department of Mental Health in Rusk, Texas. She later became the Director of Nurses for the TDMH in Vernon and Wichita Falls, Texas. She served on many state boards while working for TDMH. She retired to Tyler but continued her nursing career for several more years.
Trudy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tyler. She was an elder, former Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Presbyterian Women. She was a member of Alpha Z Delta sorority. She served on many church committees and in various organizations throughout her life. Her legacy as a “home room mother” at Andy Woods is a testament to her devotion to her daughters and other children.
A graveside service will be held in Brashear Cemetery on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Stephen Moody will conduct the service. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.