Gertrude was born in her beloved Ramona on June 17, 1918, the first child of John H. "Prof" Wilson and Mildred Wilson. She attended Ramona schools through high school, where in 1936, she was the Student Body President and the first "Turkey Day" Queen. Following graduation, she attended Pomona College and Wright McMann Secretarial School before going to work at Lockheed Aircraft. In 1940 she returned to Ramona to marry her childhood sweetheart, Fred Page. |
Gertrude worked at Ransom Brothers during World War II, and then as a teacher's aide before assuming the position of Principal's Secretary at Ramona Elementary in 1963, a job she held till her retirement in 1980. Fred and Gertrude were active in community affairs and were life-long members of the Congregational Church.
Gertrude was predeceased by her husband, Fred; siblings, Jack and Francis; and grandson, Mike Wood Jr. She is survived by her three children, Jan (Patti) Page of Seattle, WA, Jim (Judy) Page of Ramona; and Joan (Mike) Wood of Pace, FL; grandchildren, Terra Page and Deanne Jones of Seattle, WA, James Page of Felton, CA, Julianna Page of Santa Rosa, CA, and Nina McGurk Wood of Pensacola, FL; as well as her great-grandchildren, Mykela Paddock, Danica Paddock, Mckenna Paddock, Declan McGurk, Madalyn McGurk, and Addison Franco.
Memorial services will be held at the Ramona Congregational Church, March 9, 2013, at 1:00 PM with a gathering to follow in Pilgrim Hall.
Donations in Gertrude's memory may be made to the Ramona Congregational Church.
Published in the Ramona Sentinel from Feb. 28 to Mar. 7, 2013