Trudy was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Howard and Doris Estep. A beautiful girl with red hair, blue eyes and freckles she did not appreciate. She died May 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Trudy married Thomas Wray in 1964 and began her life’s calling becoming a mother and grandmother.
She had an expansive imagination and loved having fun. She made sure our childhood was full of dress-up clothes, puppet shows, plays, games and playing outdoors all year round.
Second to family she loved her friends and if a neighbor wasn’t there at the kitchen table chatting she was on the phone-sometimes she was doing both at the same time. Her love of card games was passed down by her card shark mom Doris.
For many years she babysat children from the neighborhood and absolutely loved them and all the activity in the house. She had many hobbies she did tole painting and painted the carvings and woodworks Tom made. She loved decorating, buying antiques and refinishing them, and was a house aficionado who read books and magazines but also drove to see specific examples of house styles. She was an avid reader of books, writer of poems and in later years coloring books.
Trudy is predeceased by her parents, husband, brother Charles, nephew David and in-laws Clarence and Katurah Wray. She is survived by daughters Tara Thomas(Raymond Bullock), Susan Hardy(David Hardy), grandchildren Colin, Caraline and Cole Hardy and bonus granddaughter Phoebe Meischen. Her Indiana family includes sister-in-law Mary Lou Estep, nephews Howard and Michael Estep, niece Lynn Till and their children and grandchildren and many extended family members around the country.
There will be a private family service to celebrate Trudy-the best mother and grandmother. We would appreciate any memories you would like to share on the share a memory tab.
Her own writings from a Book about Myself given to her by her dear friend Nancy Hale in which she wrote wonderfully in explaining childhood to adulthood through stories and events and feelings will close this out. Under the heading- What I hope people remember about me-“How I was fun, loved to play and try new things. My extended family and friends meant the world to me. My love for my children and grandchildren is first in my life. They are the loves of my life and the reason I was on this earth.”
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