On Monday 7th November God very gently called Trudie to the fullness of life.
Born in Co Durham in 1934, Trudie first met the Society when she was a student at our teacher training college in Fenham, Newcastle. She then worked as a teacher, including some time in what was then N Rhodesia, before entering the noviciate in 1960, aged 26. After making her first vows in April 1963, Trudie spent the next six years at Woldingham. Initially she worked in the boarding school, but after the General Chapter in 1967 (the Society's response to the changes urged by Vatican II), she started giving classes in the nearby parish school, thus becoming one of the first members of this Province to work in a school not run directly by the Society.
In 1969 Trudie went to Rome to prepare for her final profession, making her final vows in January 1970. Her group was given the name Life according to the Spirit, with the devise (motto) "The Spirit of God has consecrated me to proclaim the Good News to the poor" - a call Trudie was to live with great simplicity and commitment for the rest of her life.
After returning from Rome Trudie moved to Oxford, where she was to remain for almost thirty years, apart from three years spent in Ash Vale. After many years of teaching she moved, in 1989, into combining this with pastoral work in the parish on the Blackbird Leys estate, the poorest part of the city. Many of the families were experiencing stressful situations, and so, among other things, Trudie initiated a parenting programme with a grant from the Society.
In 1999 Trudie retired from this, although a large part of her heart remained in Blackbird Leys, and she continued to treasure a large album of photos from her time there. She spent two years doing pastoral work in Newcastle, back in her beloved NE England, before moving to Hammersmith, to assist with the ministry of hospitality, which she enjoyed. In 2006 she moved to Duchesne House, where she was a serene presence, always welcoming and grateful for whatever was done for her. She remained peaceful, even as she became increasingly frailer. After a stroke in late October she gradually slipped away, into the welcoming arms of the God whose Good News she had proclaimed with her life for so many decades.
This photo of Trudie was taken in 2013