Ada Longfellow Kellien Trenchard
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LAFAYETTE - Ada Longfellow Kellien Trenchard was born on April 17th, 1918 in Anacortes, Washington to Clara Stout Kellien of Seattle, Washington and Charles Johan Kellien of Arendahl, Norway. Her father was a sea captain and often away. At the age of eight, Ada's mother was diagnosed with tuberculosis and Ada was consequently enrolled at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana. She spent most of her young, formative years there. Later, she graduated from Sophie B. Wright High School of New Orleans in 1935. She returned to Washington where she began college at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1939. She did not stay in Washington long, however, as she returned to New Orleans to resume courting Walter Howard Trenchard. They were wed in 1943 shortly before his deployment overseas as a B-17 bomber pilot for the United States Army Air Force. During World War II, Ada was an American Red Cross staff member and volunteer for Hospital and Blood Donor Services. In the summer of 1944, her husband was categorized as MIA for nearly a year. Eventually it was discovered that he had been shot down over Germany and being held as a POW in a German prison camp. When the war began to wind down, Walter returned home after 21 months of imprisonment. Walter continued his education, as did Ada. She attended Tulane University and Southwestern Louisiana Institute. She majored in English and French, but also studied a wide variety of subjects, including geology, history, mathematics, philosophy, politics, business, and photography. During this time, Ada and Walter had two sons, Michael (b. 1946) and Charles (b. 1950). She also began to work at USL (presently UL of Lafayette) and in 1964, she received an appointment under Civil Service as the first secretary for the newly established office of Alumni Affairs during President Joel Fletcher's administration. She retired after nearly 20 years of service, but continued to take courses at the university until 1998, focusing on music theory. Ada excelled at playing piano and became a very talented pianist. She carried on with private lessons for a number of years after attending USL. In 2003, her husband of 60 years passed away. She continued to live independently until 2011-2012. Ada passed away tranquilly in her home on March 11th, 2013 under the dutiful care of Hospice of Acadiana, surrounded by many loving family members. She is survived by her eldest son, Michael, his wife Pam, and their three children Andrew, Charlie, and Evelyn, and by her younger son, Charles, his wife Freida, and their three children, Kelli, Walter, and James Phillip, as well as one great-grandchild, Gabriel Walter Domingue, son of Kelli and Chris Domingue.
No services will be held in Lafayette. Ada's remains will be interred in the Trenchard family tomb in New Orleans on Saturday, March 16th in a private ceremony. In appreciation of Hospice of Acadiana's outstanding service, dedication, and compassion, donations may be made directly to the hospice agency at (337) 232-1234 in lieu of gifts to the family.
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Published in the The Advertiser on Mar. 13, 2013