Gertrude “Trudy” Wetherell

Gertrude “Trudy” Wetherell, 92, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014, at Apple Creek Adult Family Home. She was born November 14, 1921, in Crivitz, Wis., to John and Margaret Fox. The family moved to Washington state when Trudy was an infant.

Their home was in Buckley, Wash., for many years and Trudy worked for her father in the Fox Bakery. Her father also owned and operated a bakery in Montesano for a number of years.

After high school graduation Trudy married Clarence A. Wetherell May 25, 1941.

Trudy and Clare were longtime residents of Spokane, where they raised their three children. She loved working for Joe Albertson as the manager of the bakery retail sales.

Clare and Trudy retired early and traveled for many years around the United States. They knew no strangers.

Yakima became their home for 13 years and then they moved on to Yuma, Ariz., where she collected and sold antiques and enjoyed a library of 5,000 old books.

Following Clarence’s death in 1992, Trudy came back to Washington State to be near her daughter. She followed Peggy and Gene to Yakima in 2004.

Trudy is survived by her daughter, Peggy Smith (Gene) of Yakima; and sons, Patrick Wetherell (Tami) of Montesano and Michael Wetherell (Suzanne) of Spokane; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six brothers and sisters, Margaret Casey (Carl) of Washington, Clara Jo Bolin of Oregon, Carol Clevenger of Washington, Louise Buckholz of California, Francis Fox (Georgeanne) of Washington, and John Fox (PJ) of Washington. Included are many nieces, nephews and many, many church friends.

Preceded in death by husband of 51 years Clarence; her parents; and several siblings.

Services will be held at 11 am, on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at Rainier Memorial Center, under the direction of Keith & Keith Funeral Home. Concluding services will be at Tahoma National Cemetery, Covington, WA, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 11:15 a.m., near Kent.

The family wishes to express grateful appreciation for the personal and loving care of our mother to James Allen and Apple Creek Adult Family Home. Also, thanks to Bob Eaton and staff at Keith & Keith Funeral Home, Tana Church and the Hospice team. To share a memory of Trudy go to


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