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Eugenia Dowling Trousdale


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Eugenia Dowling Trousdale

Germantown, TN

Eugenia Gordon Dowling Trousdale passed away on February 10, 2017 after a long illness. She was 74 years old. She attended St. Mary's, East High and The University of Memphis. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the The Memphis College of Art where she was inducted into Phi Alpha Beta scholastic fraternity.

Mrs. Trousdale worked as a graphic artist and fashion illustrator in Memphis. Later, relocating to Senatobia, MS, she taught art and public speaking at Northwest Mississippi Junior College. While in Senatobia, Mrs. Trousdale commuted to The University of Mississippi for graduate studies and was a member of The Cosmopolitan Club. She met and married her husband, Austin W. Trousdale, Jr. in Senatobia; they were wed in 1969.

Returning to Memphis after many years in Senatobia, she was the first instructor of art at Christ United Methodist Day School, where she developed the curriculum and taught grades one through six. She later began her own business, Grand Illusions, specializing in custom decorative art for churches and fine homes in the Mid-South for over twenty years, until health issues forced her to retire. Her art has been displayed at the opening of the Memphis International Airport, The Peabody Hotel, and numerous galleries in the Mid-South.

Mrs. Trousdale was a charter member of Christ United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and was Chairman of The Fine Arts Guild. She was a former member of The Huguenot Society, Memphis Pen Women, and The Wolf River Conservancy. She also served as President of the Normandy Meadows Garden Club before moving to Germantown, TN.

Mrs. Trousdale is survived by her husband, Austin, and her beloved sons, Dr. Austin W. Trousdale, III (Margot) of Greenwood, SC and Andrew D. Trousdale (Amanda) of Naples, FL. She also leaves her brother, Michael Dowling (Rhonda) and was predeceased by another brother, Forrest Dowling, III (Nancy).

A memorial service for family and friends will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 15 in The Lord's Chapel in Elmwood Cemetery, with burial to follow.

Memorials may be sent to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Memphis College of Art, or Christ United Methodist Church.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Feb. 14, 2017
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