Gertrude "Trudy" Slingland
April 24, 1927 - April 10, 2021
Fircrest, Washington - Trudy Slingland passed away 04/10/2021 in Tacoma, WA, after a short illness, two weeks shy of her 94th birthday. She was born 04/24/1927 to the late Oscar and Charlotte Sandberg. She was the oldest of three children and was raised in Hoquiam, WA, with her sister Edith and brother Oscar. A graduate of Hoquiam High School, Trudy was the first in her family to attend college. She graduated from Central Washington College of Education (now CWU) in 1950 with her teaching degree. Also, in 1950, Trudy married the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Slingland. They were married 64 years before he passed away in 2014. Trudy taught elementary school in the Seattle area while Bob worked on his master's degree at the UW, and then in Ellensburg when Bob was an assistant professor at CWSC. Trudy took a break from teaching when Bruce was born (1955), followed by Becky (1957), Tracy (1960), and Todd (1963). In 1975, Trudy returned to teaching as a substitute teacher in the Tacoma School District. She was active in the PTA at Wainwright Elementary School and was awarded the Golden Acorn around 1970. Trudy was active in various organizations, including the Pierce County Retired Teachers Association, Washington State Retired Teachers Association, The Clothing Closet, and the Fircrest UMC Food Bank. Trudy was an active member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fircrest for 60 years. She enjoyed traveling, with cruises to Alaska and the Mediterranean, a 50th anniversary trip to Hawaii, and a trip to the Philippines to visit Tracy serving in the Peace Corps as highlights. She enjoyed gardening, reading, keeping up with the news, and spending time with family and her many friends. Trudy was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, daughter Becky, son Todd, and sister Edith. She is survived by her brother Oscar (Lois) Sandberg, son Bruce (Debbie) Slingland, daughter Tracy (Claude) Asher; grandchildren Haley, Andrew, James, Megan, and Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Warryn, Sylas, Lyla, Finn, and Stellan; plus multiple nieces and nephews. All of these she loved and touched deeply. A memorial service will be scheduled later when COVID-19 restrictions allow.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on May 30, 2021.