Truddi M. Chase
{ "" }
Share
Share Truddi's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
CHASE TRUDDI M. CHASE On Wednesday, March 10, 2010, mother of Kari Iddings Ainsworth and Paul Ainsworth and grandmother to Mojo and Luna Noel. She is also survived by a host of great friends. Friends are invited to Truddi''s Life Celebration on Saturday, March 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Bethesda, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fidos For Freedom in Laurel, MD.


To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 16, 2010.
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by grateful readers
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
251 entries
May 14, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
CJ Creighton
Friend
May 8, 2021
I finished your book and I can't stop thinking about you and your Troops, Truddi. My heart aches with sadness and remorse at the thought that I can't talk to you all, to let you know how profoundly your story has impacted my life. I count you among one of my heroines. I will forever cherish and treasure the gift you gave to us through your book. Your legacy of holding up survivors will live on, Truddi. Thank you for protecting her, Troops. I hope you're all finding the rest you so greatly deserve.
Kathleen
Friend
May 4, 2021
Rest in Peace. I really admire your courage and wisdom. the way you were able processed the situation and have a sort of peace with it. Your decision to voice your story has inpired many. you will always live on.
darshana mathur
January 20, 2021
Read your story so many years ago..
ACReppert
Teacher
January 9, 2021
Thank you for being a hero to so many that struggles with similar stories. you and your story will be treasured for ever..2021
DeMario FJ
June 14, 2020
You were such a beautiful soul, and an amazing inspiration! You were so strong, stronger than I think you ever knew. The world was a much better place with you and your troops here. You were a strong voice for those of us who didn't have a voice, or someone who cared enough to protect us. All my love to you, Truddi and Troops. Thank you.
Amanda Schaefer
June 12, 2020
At a brave woman..reading her story now..yur now safe in gods arms to be hurt more 2020
Terri SCHNARE
Friend
May 27, 2020
Knowing you survived, makes me feel like I can too. Paula TX
April 20, 2020
May all your souls rest in peace.
David
April 19, 2020
There's so much I want to say. Oh Truddi, I just hope you're resting in peace
Tiffany Tenner-Mendoza
April 18, 2020
Rest In Peace ❤
Karissa Durbin
March 26, 2020
May u rest in peace.
March 10, 2020
I read your book in the late 1980s an have never forgotten you. I honor your courage and grace of being. You are with God now. Love to you.
February 13, 2020
Truddi so sad to have read about your passing. I read your book and it hurt me to my very soul how much you suffered. I'm amazed and inspired by your strength and how you used your pain to help others. My you and the Troops rest in peace. My condolences to your children, family, and loved ones.
Martha
January 5, 2020
I wish I met you. I admire you very much, I always will admire you all. You are all truly amazing. Please rest well.
Lynx Spina
December 4, 2019
God bless you and how your words help others as well...my favorite Troop member is The Suicidal Warrior as her attitude i relate to
marlene steinberg
May 13, 2019
I was touched and gladdened by the book 'When Rabbit Howls' which ironically I didn't know what the book really was. I just saw Rabbit in the title and it caught my eye. It has been an inspiration with dealing with hatred from people that think we are sick and need to be institutionalized. You shall be missed by those you never met and those that shall never get to know you but through the words of your book... may your words inspire many to seek help and maybe be comfortable with themselves as they are.
May you rest in peace with the universe.
Mark Russell
March 12, 2019
Dapper strijdvaardig liefdevol waardevol mens
We hebben zoveel van jullie geleerd over ons zelf
We zijn trots op wie jullie waren en trots op wie wij zijn
Zonder het boek en de beelden op tv hadden we veel nooit begrepen
Trudy, je bent vereeuwigd in ons hart


Sorry, its in Dutch
Anita Geraerds
Friend
December 31, 2018
I never knew it was possible to miss someone that I've never met as much as I've missed Truddi. Her courage helped me face my own story. I surely do hope that we get to meet one day.
Benjamin
December 28, 2018
I check in periodically to add my words of gratitude for Trudi and the Troops for waking me up from the slumber of my own abuse and making me not ashamed to speak out on behalf of survivors. We love you Trudi forever!!!!
L Dale
December 27, 2018
Thank you for being the first mirror in which we recognized ourselves.
Sessa&
May 8, 2018
To a group of amazing people stronger than anyone I will ever meet - Rest in peace. Your words will ring on and will never be forgotten.
E B
April 8, 2018
I KNEW


I KNEW AND WORKED WITH TRUE I AT W.B.P.W IN 1962 1963 WE WERE GREAT FRIENDS









I
K















I KNEW AND WORKED WITH TRUDIE AT THE BUSII





I


I KNEW TRUDI AND WORKED WITH HER AT THE B.P.W..
w



I KNEW AND WORKED WITH THE





I




I KNEW AND WORKED WITH TRUDI at the B.P.W.w




I WORKED AND KNEW TRUDI a







I KNEW AND WORKED WITH TRUDI AT THE B.P.W.FED. IN 1962 THRU 1964. WE WERE GOOD FRIENDS. I WILL MISS HER ALWAYS. I HAVE A LOTS OF PIC. OF US AND KARI AND ARTIE. SHE KNEW ME THEN AS DONNA TAYLOR. SHE SPENT MANY TIMES AT MY HOUSE IN HYATTS. M.D.. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE FUN TIMES.
I
March 30, 2018
Even though I never met you, I have known your story for longer than I can remember. When I was at my lowest point with my mother, you were my inspiration and hope. Through the experience you shared, I was able to help others. You are one of my greatest heroes. You will never be forgotten. And I truly hope that, one day, I will meet you again.
Katharine Lancaster
January 3, 2018
Truddi and the Troops,
You have helped me through a lot that I didn't know I was still struggling with. When I read your book I felt like I could relate so much. I felt better about myself knowing that there are others out there that have been through similar situations and that there is indeed a book out there that can help all of us through rough times and feelings. You are a brave many souls and I am grateful for having the chance to know your story. Thank you for sharing your journey.
Stephanie
November 28, 2017
Add your message here. Rest in peace, sweetie.. may God heal all your wounds.
Renee Olson
November 15, 2017
Thank you for your courage and your light. You are a beacon to those flailing in the dark and an inspiration. Namaste.
Stephanie
May 24, 2017
Truddi and the Troops have helped us embrace and explore our multiplicity. The Troops will forever be missed, but their impact on the world will last on forever. Eternal love and blessings to Truddi and the Troops.
April 16, 2017
Another that wants to say thank you for everything. Read your book many years ago not understanding why I could *feel* the words and understand them so easily. A month ago I learned that I am a We, and that is why your book spoke to me like it did. Rest in peace Truddi and the Troops, thank you forever.
Theta
January 21, 2017
You were amazing, in everything you did. The world may forget you name, but it will not forget the changes you made.
January 19, 2017
Thank you for everything
Thom
December 18, 2016
Truddi changed my life and my understanding of the consequences of severe child abuse and that you can transcend anything. In kinship with all who post here and eternal love to Truddi and the Troops...
December 17, 2016
Truddi, May you Rest in Peace. I want to thank you for writing your book. Back in 1996 my therapist lent me your book when I asked for information on my condition. Shortly after I got my own copy that I'v read numerous times, and has served as a valuable resource.
Peace and Prayers,
October 22, 2016
I have great appreciation for her courage and inspiration.
Pip
August 4, 2016
God bless you Trudi and the troops coxoxo
anon
May 2, 2016
I reach out to Truddi from beyond the grave for advice and comfort. I KNOW she is with me in my struggles with DID. I thank God for her existence and hope I can help others understand how so great they are... just the way they are. THANKS TRUDDI!
April 25, 2016
Kelly
April 17, 2016
I carried your book with me for so long and never knew why. 15 years later, we know. Thank you for being a light in the dark.
January 23, 2016
I was somehow drawn to read her story when I was a teenager, and was forever moved by her courage.
Marlo Kraus
December 17, 2015
Thank you all - you explained so well what my life had always been, but I had thought that was "normal". Now I have much greater understanding because of reading your book
Mikki
October 28, 2015
Truddi Chase, you inspire from the bed of earth you lay rested from what I consider tirelessness of a tireing condition, you are such an icon to my life and direction, you live on helping those like myself accept " living" with others in ones' self. We send our condolences even tho you have past on before my time. I thank you for your efforts to take selves to the Oprah show; I am Physically black and all other colors, even tho my children and others think i'm white inside trying to be black. You have blessed my life in moving forward breaking out of the medical sites to help others coming up behind me or us that needs a helping hand on how to accept you and yourselves as self. I can't say thank you enough.
beverly howell
September 23, 2015
S Stevens - how great that Truddi continues to affect your life and your sense of compassion towards others. I too have so much to be thankful for about her courage in telling her story!
September 22, 2015
I read her story when I was a teenager and I must have read her book about two dozen times by now. Now, in my 40s I decided to go back to college and one of my classmates is a multiple. Thanks to Trudi's book, I knew about her fight, her problems and her victories and it helped me to just take her the way she is. Not odd, or moody or weird - just a young woman who is smart as a whip, freightend like a little girl and strong as hell. She is in therapy and is making progress. I don't know what she will decide on in the end, integration or not - but Thank you Trudi for making us non multiples understand - to some degree anyway!
S. Stevens
July 29, 2015
I've been reading her book these past couple weeks. She is the definition of a survivor. May God bless Truddi and grant her eternal rest.
A Girl
July 21, 2015
thank you. all of you.
June 25, 2015
Truddi was one of those rare gems in this world that touched everyones life that she came in contact with. When Rabbit Howls" opened the door for me to begin accepting my own MPD, to give up hiding and be part of this world. I will never forget her or the life she built for herself.
Mike
February 16, 2015
lori nael
January 8, 2015
I first saw you on Oprah. Your story tore the scab off my own childhood abuse. I cried along with the thousands of viewers that afternoon. I bare the scars today & still the flesh is tender. You were & remain a remarkable woman. God rest your soul.
S Jackson
September 30, 2014
Truddi has helped me and my gang sooooo much over the years,from the beginning when we had NO CLUE what was going on or how to deal all the way to now where we are(most days ;-) ) better and Truddi was an ENORMOUS Influence in that. I think of Truddi often and pray for her and the Troops every day.Although we ALL KNOW Truddi and the Troops shot right into heaven like a rainbow burst ;-) My gang and I will be forever grateful for the Extraordinary Gift that Truddi and the Troops gave to the world. XOXO
Kellyann A.Adams
September 29, 2014
Went in search for the segual of Truddi Chase & the Troops this is where I landed. My heart!is saddened,also full of joy to know you all are resting in eternal love.
September 24, 2014
totally amazing woman who lived through a living hell. No one can ever imagine what you went through and your struggle to survive it is a great strength to others going throught the same thing.
You have helped me enormously gain strength. God bless you and hold you in the palm of his hand forever and keep you safe
Colleen
August 10, 2014
It strikes me in an odd but touching way that maybe we all are her personalities now, still living, breathing and spreading the word! She touched so many, so deeply, from so many backgrounds - she definitely is still very much alive to me!
Lara Dale
August 9, 2014
Sad to hear that she passed away in 2010. I will remember her as if I knew her, just from reading her book. Her courage and power of the human spirit will live on in every one that has or will read her autobiography. RIP, Truddi and the Troops. Never forgotten.
becca
August 4, 2014
It is clear from all these remembrances that your courage and inner beauty has touched lives all around the world to the core. You still live on forever in our hearts.
Lara Dale
August 3, 2014
Knowing that you all have found Peace makes losing you easier.
Respectfully,
Carol Anne
Carol Anne Barker
May 21, 2014
Truddi, You and The Troops have touched and helped not only Me but a countless number of lives and will continue to do so through the end of time. Thank You, bless your family, your teachings and REST IN PEACE my Dear!!!LOVE YOU!!!
Kourtni Richardson
March 28, 2014
I love and respect this lady so much. I was saddened to hear of her passing. RIP beautiful lady!!! <3
March 27, 2014
Thank you, Truddi
for helping us to find our voices
Love to you and the troops
K B
March 25, 2014
Truddi Chase had immense impact on me, and her book is a testament to the power of the human spirit. Her courage is still here with us. Thank you, Truddi and the Troops, for your brilliant life and lives.
Regina Clarke
March 20, 2014
What always strikes me about the kind posts by everyone here is that many of us still speak about her as if she is still here. She and the Troops were so powerful and inspiring that I feel she did not, cannot die really. She has just moved to a world where she can live in peace and watch the work she did continue to grow and influence and inspire. I love you Truddi and I love the Troops.
Lara
March 19, 2014
GOD BLESS YOU , TRUDDI..ALL OF YOU GUYS..MAY YOU ALL BE AT PEACE..
January 31, 2014
I am a fan of the Oprah show "Where Are They Now" and was going to suggest that they do a show on Truddi, but unfortunately I have discovered her passing almost 4 years ago. I remember her from the original interview, when I was only a teenager. I have remembered her story all of these years and was so interested in where her life took her. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. Like many have already said, she and the troops are at peace now.
November 12, 2013
To the family and friends of Truddi...Know that she is now finally at peace. All of the pain and torment are gone.
Truddi was am amazing, brave, and inspirational person who used her heartbreaking pain to help and educate others. My heartfelt wishes are that she is now in a beautiful, tranquil place filled with love and happiness and free of any pain or sorrow.
Martha
November 3, 2013
A "support system" is the key. without it we cannot survive.
Truddi is amazing!!
K B
November 2, 2013
To Truddi Chase, The Troops, her children, her support network and to the many of us who were encouraged by Your bravery. I bought and read one copy of "When Rabbit Howls," until it fell apart. Thankfully, you helped me find "Us" in those pages. The second copy purchased will reside as reference on the bookshelf. May God bless your legacy, your family and all those you taught through first hand example.
Theresa Cotton
September 26, 2013
Truddi, Sending you Love, Light and Thanks for being such a brave soul, sharing your life and making a difference! May we all find the courage to look within and speak the truth that needs to be spoken.
Honour
September 13, 2013
I read the book how strong are you and the troops to survive. May you finally have peace and eternal rest. MMay God bless Truddi and bring peace to her family.
Melissa
September 4, 2013
To all who knew truddi chase find comfort that now she has found peace. For her strength opened the minds of us all and she brought to us a chance to heal we are the group,and Sam jacobs rip dear friend ...
Sam Jacobs
July 9, 2013
A friend of mine who was a Multiple, had D.I.D., after he integrated gave me the book when Rabbit Howls. I wasn't able to read it because I just learned I have D.I.D. and have been terrified of this disease. Yes, I have D.I.D. because of parental abuse and paternal incest and Priest abuse and when I could I opened Truddis book, just to peek at what I have. It scared me intensely, still does. I am glad though that she had a support team. I do not. I wish I did. I am in therapy and having a horrible time of it. I am glad Truddi had support. I wish there was support for all who have D.I.D./ Multiplicity. I actually found this OBIT looking for an on-line chat for those who have D.I.D. My condolenses to Truddies family and my concern and support for those who will be and are affected by her passing. I extend my support and friendship for all who have D.I.D. Gods Blessings on all of you. MK-MKM
MK MKM
April 18, 2013
Kenzie - On behalf of incest victims like myself who got so much from reading that book and not feeling so alone - that book would never have been possible had it not been for the compassion, understanding and bravery of Dr. Phillips and Stanley.

The fact that you are now inspired to continue on their groundbreaking path makes me very very happy, because I know another Truddi will have a chance to find a way out of the darkness because of a big-hearted therapist like you.

Blessings and thanks from myself (and I'm sure Truddi and the Troops)

Lara
Lara
April 17, 2013
I am sad to hear of this woman's passing. I read the book many times after it came out, and I still think of it to this day. People don't realize how much their actions affects the victims, and for how long. The fact that Truddi had so many personalities, is the exact reason she survived. I hope she was able to have some happiness in her life. God bless her beautiful soul, and the ones residing inside her mind.
Patricia Tiffany
April 16, 2013
To the Troops and the cores,
I recently read your book for a class in Psychological Trauma and it has greatly influenced me. I am now seriously considering a path much like Dr. Phillips' or Stanley's because of how deeply your accounts touched and interest me. I want to be able to help other individuals with dissociative identity disorder and to prevent further abuse from happening in the future.
Thank you for changing my life and for changing how I look at the mind. I have unbelievable admiration for you and for your Troops.
Kenzie Franz
April 16, 2013
To the Troops and the cores,
I recently read your book for a class in Psychological Trauma and it has greatly influenced me. I am now seriously considering a path much like Dr. Phillips' or Stanley's because of how deeply your accounts touched and interest me. I want to be able to help other individuals with dissociative identity disorder and to prevent further abuse from happening in the future.
Thank you for changing my life and for changing how I look at the mind. I have unbelievable admiration for you and for your Troops.

MF
Kenzie Franz
April 12, 2013
may GOD take all of you under his wing and give you the love and the affection you deserve.
April 12, 2013
My GOD take all of you under his wing and give you all the love you deserve.
April 12, 2013
To Truddi an the troops, may God take all of you into his loving arms and give you the love and security you so richly deserve.
diane chapmon
April 11, 2013
I pray you and the Troops have eternal rest. May God Bless you.
Lilli
April 4, 2013
I am a nurse, I work in child welfare, I have read your story written by the troops. My heart breaks for what was done to you. Your abiltiy to survive gives me hope for the children who are scarred by the victimization of abuse. Your story offers a reason to not give up and to believe that possibly people like me can make a difference , For that gift I am eturnally grateful. May you and the troops rest in peace.
April 1, 2013
Thank you for sharing your story with us. Thank you for being brave. Wherever it is that you go on, I hope there is love and joy.
Merrimen
March 24, 2013
I admire your strength. Goddess bless you.
March 11, 2013
Thank you(all) for everything even if we never knew you personally. Rest well, it's been earned.
AliasForAFew
December 14, 2012
You broke the silence in your own creative way. You were all very brave and we believe that you are all there in heaven and surrounded in perfect peace where there will be no suffering or pain ever again.
C K
December 12, 2012
You let us know dark =\= bad all the time. That gave us a way to see ourselves differently, and find a certain amount of stability. I'm sorry to see ya's go. Thanks for letting us get to know ya's a lil.
Heather Rose Brown
November 25, 2012
I watched the Oprah repeat of Turddi's story today and grateful for her strength to come forward with her story. RIP brave girl.
DJ Powell
November 25, 2012
Rest in peace, Truddi. Your life was not in vain, and you were a survivor and a shining light to those in need.
November 5, 2012
Truddi, To find you today and to find you gone,WOW. Thank you for your gift.
apple cart
November 4, 2012
Lara
Your message is moving, and some of us needed to hear it today. Thank you!
K. Borrelli
November 2, 2012
Truddi Chase and her brave battle to own the brutal consequences of her abuse was the reason I began to understand and heal from my own incest scars. Her willingness to keep going even when the demons seemed hell bent on destroying her soul, and the brilliant coping mechanisms her brain utilized to survive made me understand that I was brave, not cowardly, strong, not weak, and good, not evil. Your incredible story lives on with me to this day, and your life will live on through all of us who became whole in our brokenness by your courage and the gift you spent the rest of your life giving to others - understanding and forgiveness of ourselves.

Blessings and love to Truddi and the Troops - may you finally reside in the light you learned to see in the darkness. And blessings Kari and Paul for seeing your mother and her warriors as a gift, not as a burden, and letting us share our love for all of her.
Lara Dale
October 11, 2012
Thank you, Heather! Your message is moving.
K. Borrelli
October 9, 2012
as a world we should honor Truddi and The Troops for the pain should not theirs alone. They as a whole brought the true horror of their own experiences to public light and in doing so gave a voice to an attrocity that had been only wispered about befor. With their bravery and dedication to see that no child or adult suffer as they had they bared their souls and relived things most of us never want or wanted to awknowledge could or did happen. With the death of Truddi and The Troops humanity has lost a light of amazing beauty and an unparralled example of not only thr human mind and its potential but of the human spirit and soul. Though i never knew any of the Troops or Truddi except through their book zwhen Rabbit Howls I sit here now weeping as if i had lost my sister or mother. They touched my life in such a way that even today i will willingly put my own life at risk to protect a child. This effect has been present since i read their book at the age of 12. They helped me and hopefully an entire world face not only the depravity we as humans are capable of but to see the strenghth and compassion. i hope and pray the world takes the suffering and triumph of Truddi and The Troops to heart and like the Nazi consentration camps that still stand today as an eternal reminder to never let it happen again. Truddi and The Troops you will be missed you will be mourned but god willing you will NEVER be forgotten. rest easy and in peace now knowing through your sacrifice and triumph an untold number of children can and will now be saved from a similar and same pain. Thank you and i honor you.
heather callan
September 30, 2012
Thank you Truddie.
Sincerely, Kim
September 25, 2012
Rebecca Allmon
September 18, 2012
God bless you, and may you finally have peace.
Sarah Bell
September 13, 2012
I saw the episode of you in the 90s. I never forgot that episode and went on to pursue a degree in counseling psychology. It amazes me how the mind can protect us. May you and the troops rest in peace. Pam
September 9, 2012
With much love to "the troops." They deserve to finally have peace from the nightmares of this world. At last, Rabbit is free from the pain that made him howl. RIP.
tenneill white
September 4, 2012
I know this is inexcusably late, but I just learned of Truddi's death. Her book changed my life and I pursued a career helping children because of her. She was the very definition of the word 'survivor' and I am just do saddened to hear of her passing.
Julie Bealuk
September 4, 2012
Her story helped me heal. And saved our life.EM
August 29, 2012
I had read your book years ago and never got you out of my heart for what you went through and survived. You are such an inspiration and I truly love you. I just read 22 Faces, another book about multiples which was also filled with things I can't imagine going through. I am overjoyed that you are free from your earthly restraints and now can have God's loving peace, for you certainly deseverve it Truddi, you are an angel
Peggy James
August 7, 2012
light
Few people know the true daily battles she went through. I am not speaking of her childhood experiences. I am speaking of her inner battles. That is what truly makes her a survivor. we wish others understood, at the same time we would not wish this on anyone!! Truddi is beautiful! She brought light to the beauty within others like her.
M Borrelli
August 6, 2012
A truly brave woman, a survivor ....
sylvie mccaughren
Could not load more entries
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences