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Obituary: Gertrude "Trudy" Rose Johnson

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2011, at 91 years of age, Gertrude "Trudy" Rose Johnson entered the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Trudy was born in Muncie, Ind., on March 10, 1919. She was the middle child of 11 siblings. Following eighth grade, Trudy stayed home to help care for her younger siblings. Thus began a life of sacrificial service to her family. Trudy married Theodore "Ted" R. Johnson on June 15, 1937. Ted and Trudy moved to Tucson, Ariz., in 1947, making Arizona their home. They were married for 59 years until Ted's passing from this life to eternity with Christ in 1996.

Trudy worked for Hughes Aircraft where she excelled at soldering nose cones for rockets. She retired to assist Ted with their business, Mobile Airtray. Trudy loved being with her family, bowling, traveling, fishing, camping, and picnics. Her bags were always packed for a trip and ready to go - anywhere! She was an active member of the Joy Class at First Baptist Church and attended every senior adult function she could. In recent years Trudy loved working puzzles, feeding the birds, and spending time in the apple orchard at Samaritan Village.

She is survived by her daughter, Helena Sue "Suzie" Walton (Gene) of Dewey, Ariz., and her sister, Nancy McClain of Muncie. Trudy was a devoted grandmother of Lorri and Lyle Carlson, Melinda Cosgrove, Greg Walton, Theresa Walton, Gary Walton, Renee Doze Weber, Cheryl Doze, and Chris Doze. She adored her great-grandchildren Jake and Kim Carlson, Jaime and Ryan Dobbs, Seandra Cosgrove, Jared Cosgrove, Josh Walton, Jordan Walton, Stefan Weber, and Haley Weber; and her great-great-grandchildren Zane Carlson, Lorelei Dobbs, and Zoey Rose Carlson, due in April.

A celebration of Trudy's life will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at First Baptist Church in the Solid Rock Center on the corner of Marina and Union streets in Prescott, Ariz. A guestbook is available at www.ruffnerwakelin.com.

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