Trudy Ericson, 89, of Hilltop Lakes, Texas, died peacefully at home on Thursday, September 17th, 2015. Trudy was born October 10th, 1925, to John Henry Richardson and Sallie Gertrude Freasier in Silsbee, Texas. Trudy graduated from Silsbee High School as Valedictorian and moved to Orange, Texas, to work for the Navy Department. On a blind date, Trudy met the love of her life, Carl W. Ericson, Jr., thus beginning a seventy-one year love affair. On August 31st, 2015, Trudy and Carl celebrated sixty-nine years of marriage.
After raising a family in California, Trudy— a forty-three-year-old housewife and mother— decided to go to college and made a perfect score on the college entrance exam. After obtaining a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Biological Science, Trudy worked for thirteen years for the University of California at Fullerton Biology Department.
In 1995, Trudy and Carl moved to Hilltop Lakes, Texas. They visited forty-five states by travel trailer to camp, hike, backpack and collect and classify plants. Trudy also enjoyed sewing and reading and was a Gourmet Cook. Trudy was a Presbyterian and active in her church.
Trudy was a member of the Old Three Hundred and a descendant of James Wales Jones whose Family was No. 13 of the families who came with Stephen F. Austin to colonize Texas in 1821. Trudy was also a member of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Trudy leaves behind her loving husband Carl W. Ericson, Jr.; a daughter, Karen Newcomb and husband Dan; A son, Carl W. Ericson III; a sister, Elaine Peveto and husband Jerald; a brother-in-law, Clinton Smith and wife Vivien; Grandchildren Charles Atha and wife Jill, Nicholas Ericson and Stephanie Reed and husband Austin; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Dorothy Powell, Leslie Harris, Dorothy Harris and all of Trudy’s other caregivers as well as Texas Home Health Care and Texas Home Health Hospice.
A Celebration of Trudy’s Life will be held Saturday, September 26th, 2015, at 3:00 pm at Hilltop Lakes Chapel, Hilltop Lakes, Texas.
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