Jean McLeod Trueblood

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Trueblood, Jean McLeod 94, of Kirkwood, died Saturday, February 4, 2012, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Clayton, MO. She was born October 10, 1917, in Lebanon, Indiana, to Leroy and Irene McLeod. Following her graduation from Occidental College in 1939, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was present for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After her return to the mainland, she married Alva Cooper Trueblood, Jr., M.D., on September 1, 1942. Mrs. Trueblood was a longtime teacher at Tillman Elementary School in Kirkwood. Subsequently, she worked for the St. Louis County Special School District, teaching elementary school students who were homebound because of illness or injury. Later, she volunteered as a surrogate grandmother and teacher at Carmen Trails Elementary School in Kirkwood. Mrs. Trueblood was active in P.E.O. International, and she also enjoyed travel, walking, reading, and her Kirkwood book club, in which she was an active participant until her death. She attended First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood. Mrs. Trueblood was predeceased by her husband; parents; and brother, Vaughn Roderick McLeod. She is survived by her half-sister Camilla McLeod; daughter Patricia Post (John) of Nashville, TN; son Michael Trueblood, M.D. (Mary) of Cape Girardeau; nieces Suzanne Evans Morris of Faber, VA, and Catherine Evans Geiger of Reno, NV.; and grandchildren Gavin Post of Asheville, NC; Gaines Post (Fiona) of New South Wales, Australia; Andrew Trueblood, M.D. (Amy) of Cape Girardeau; and Emily Gardner (Erin) of Kirkwood; and great-grand- children Abigail, Catherine, and Margaret Gardner, and John and Thomas Trueblood. The family is grateful to the staff at McKnight Place Extended Care, where Mrs. Trueblood spent the last two years of her life. Services: Memorial service and interment were held Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at Valhalla Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. Memorial donations may be made to P.E.O. Chapter LX, 11293 Manchester Rd., #3, Kirkwood, MO 63122, or to First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, 100 East Adams Ave., Kirkwood, MO 63122.

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Feb. 23, 2012
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