Trudie and I met when I was married to 1st husband, Jack Todd. Jack's dad and Trudie's husband, Bert, were childhood friends and grew up in the same area of Missouri. I met both of them in Warrensburg MO sometime between 1967 and 1969. Trudie was my mom during those years; I was having a bad time with my own mom back then. Trudie saved my life, literally, with Alan's help after one of many fights with that husband. She was my friend, part mom, part girlfriend, part mentor. I was lucky to be around the Eichelberger family. I remember when the twins first went into braces. They were 10 years old and I was 19 -- a big difference in ages during that stage of life! I knew when the girls visited their orthodontist and that Trudie would be serving spaghetti for supper. I helped set the table dozens of times. Love you, Trudie, and truly hope to see you upstairs when my time comes.