Gertrude West Revoir

July 7, 1908 - November 22, 2008

Gertrude West Revoir, "Trudie" to her friends and family, enjoyed life as a scholar, missionary, educator, writer, traveler, wife, mother and loving friend to many. Trudie had that gift of making people feel welcome and comfortable in her presence. Her positive energy and love of life radiated to others.

Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, July 7, 1908, Trudie grew up with two other brothers and twin sisters. After Melrose High School, she attended college in Philadelphia. Midway in her college years, she returned to Melrose to attend to her ailing mother. During that time she met and married widower Lester Revoir, becoming an instant mother to Bernard and Barbara Revoir.

Trudie and Lester eventually made their way to Newport, R.I., where Lester was a pastor in a historic church (est. 1638) during the war years. Later, they moved to Linfield College where they worked with alumni and students for five years. During a vacation trip, Les died of a heart attack. Widowed at the age of 46, Trudie drove back to Linfield to store her furniture, then to Berkeley, Calif., to begin seminary study. During the next two years, she worked and went to school where she earned a Master's Degree in Religion.

After finishing her graduate work, Trudie's next stop was Redlands, Calif., where she served as Director of Religious Education to a large congregation. She discovered her desire to travel when she traveled with two Redlands professors and 45 students to Austria, major European cities and England.

After returning from Europe, Trudie went back to Berkeley, teaching at the Berkeley Seminary for Christian Studies. In 1964, she went to Sioux Falls College, S.D., counseling women for nine years. During that nine year period, Trudie took a year sabbatical in Bristol, England and a trip to Israel. Next stop, six years in Kansas City, Missouri doing social work for the American Baptist College.

When Trudie's thoughts turned to retirement, she remembered the fondness she and her late husband Lester held for Ashland. At the age 72, she headed for Oregon, purchased a house and became entrenched and active in her new community and church.

As the years passed, Trudie recognized the need for an affordable retirement facility in Ashland and campaigned diligently with speeches and articles that lead to Mountain View Retirement Community. When the time came, she happily moved into Mountain View, her final stop in her busy and happy journey across the nation and England.

A published author of three books and two private books for her family, Trudie was working on her third family book. A highlight for Trudie last July was a gathering of friends and relatives from across the United States and England to honor her 100th birthday. She shared her special day with seventy family members and treasured friends from Mountain View Retirement Community and First United Methodist Church of Ashland.

In addition to her many friends and relatives, Trudie leaves two children, Bernard and Barbara; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and eleven great-great-grandchildren. She will be missed. Memorial services will be held, Monday, Dec. — at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main Street, Ashland. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to American Cancer Society.