Gertrude Wood Stack, age 96, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2013. Trudy's vibrant and caring personality lit up the lives of those around her.
Young Trudy was born in Snohomish, WA, the last of nine children to Grethe and William Washington Wood. Her mother was a pioneering landowner in the State and her father, a lumberman, with the Wood & Iverson Lumber Company in Hobart, WA. She grew up on Capitol Hill, attended Garfield High School and completed a music and education degree at the University of Washington
. While there, she was active in the Tri Delta sorority. After teaching high school for one year in Cathlamet, WA, her adventurous spirit took her to Hawaii to work in 1941. Upon returning to the Northwest, she met the love of her life, Harold Stack, while skiing at Mt. Baker and they married in 1943 in San Diego while Harold was stationed at Long Beach in the Navy. After the War, they settled in Seattle and raised four children. Trudy's passion for art, dance, and music expressed itself in her artworks
and piano compositions.
Organizations dear to her included: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Symphony, Pathfinders and Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs, MOHAI, The Volunteer Park Conservatory, Arboretum, Woodland Park Zoo, Planned Parenthood, Fred Hutchison School, Swedish Medical Center, and UW Music Department. She and Harold took pride in funding a scholarship program for Roosevelt and Garfield High School students. Trudy loved golfing, the many friendships made at Broadmoor Golf Club, and spending winters in Rancho Mirage playing at Thunderbird C.C. They also traveled extensively, but entertaining family and friends at home brought her the most joy.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, their four children, Sally Lehmann, Nancy Mack, Robert Stack, and Katie Stack, as well as six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Trudy's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Broadmoor Golf Club. Gifts in her memory may be made to The Arboretum Foundation or to Friends of Volunteer Park Conservatory.