Gertrude Johnson LUBBOCK- Gertrude Trudie Johnson, 84, passed away at home on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. She was born in Wilmar, CA on March 12, 1928 to Alvah Roland Gebbie and Lydia Ethlyn Cathcart Gebbie. She was the youngest of four children. Her brother died as a toddler and one sister, Pauline Gebbie Kliebe, died in March of 2012. She is survived by one sister, Louise Brown, in Orient, Ohio. Gertrude graduated from Chaffey High School in Ontario, Calif. at the age of 16. She then obtained her Associate's Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1946. She met her husband, William George Johnson, Jr. in San Francisco and they married in Reno, NV on May 9, 1953. He preceded her in death in 2005. Trudie is survived by her four children, Diane Clegg and husband David of San Rafael, Calif., Bill Johnson and wife Roslyn of San Antonio, David Johnson and wife Kathy of El Paso, and Jennifer Mitchell and husband Kelly of Lubbock. She is also survived by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Trudie's careers included working as an accounting clerk, raising her children and guiding her family as a homemaker and owning her own realty agency in El Paso. During her husband's career with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), they spent more than 20 years traveling roads of the world and making homes in the United States and Europe. Traveling highways in the United States continued to be a main source of pleasure once George retired. Out of the myriad of places Trudie lived, she most enjoyed her time with her husband in Florence, Ore. Trudie was very talented in rug making, crochet, needlepoint, and cooking. Another hobby, passed on to her granddaughters, was watching the phases of the moon. A memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Garrison Center, the Susan Komen Foundation or the
. Thanks to all of our concerned friends for their support and a special thanks to The Forget Me Nots for their constant friendship, concern and companionship. Trudie was a very proud and strong lady who was loved by many. We are all stronger and better people as a result of her presence in and influence on our lives. Please celebrate the life of Trudie by visiting our website combestfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on July 22, 2012