During the lunar eclipse on April 4, 2015, Gertrude (Trudy) Holland died peacefully at E. Dene Moore Care Center, in Rifle, surrounded by her children. She was 89.
Trudy was born and raised in Philadelphia. She was valedictorian of the 1942 graduating class of Jules E. Mastbaum Vocational School. She joined J.B. Lippincott Publishing Co., where she was secretary to editor-in-chief George Stevens, and worked there until her marriage to James (Jim) Holland in 1954.
She and Jim moved to Wilmington, Delaware, in 1956 and joined St. Helena’s Parish. There she volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, choir member and for many other parish activities. She used her passion for reading to start the library at St. Helena’s grade school and serving as their librarian.
An adventurer at heart, Trudy was an active member of the American Youth Hostel Association and toured Europe several times by bicycle in the 1950s. She and Jim shared a special fondness for Ireland and returned there often to visit friends and participate in local set dances.
She will be most remembered for her love of song, her original ditties (sung to popular tunes and accompanied by kazoos) that celebrated weddings and birthdays, and for her love of the written word, which she instilled in her children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim. Survivors include her children, Andrea (Jim Sears), Brennan (Penny), and Claire LeClair (John), grandchildren Aubrey and Fern LeClair, her brother, Elmer, and her nephew, Tom.
Her funeral and internment will take place in Wilmington, Del. In lieu of flowers, donations in Trudy Holland’s memory can be made to your favorite library.
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