Gertrude Myrtle Root (Trudy) was born January 5, 1937 to Lillian Patzke Savage and George Savage in Chicago, Ill. She entered the Lord's rest Friday, March 22, and was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Billie Root, Sr., mother Lilian Cooley and sister Ona Tang.
Trudy and her family lived in the Wickenburg area more than 75 years. She and Billie were married in 1955 and they raised their family here. She is survived by her daughter Judy (David) Newton, son Billie, Jr. (Patsy), grandchildren Andrea (Shawn) Haga, Cody Newton, Rebekah (Kenny) Amaral, Ben (Kaleen) Root, Tim Root, Jesse Root, and Mariah (Bryant) Brock. She is also survived by her brother Dennis (Bonnie) Wincentsen, brother-in-law Jim Tang, brother-in-law Frank (Vickie) Root and numerous nieces and nephews. She leaves behind 16 great-grandchildren, and many friends from the Wickenburg community.
Trudy loved to give handmade creations through sewing, cross-stitch, knitting, crocheting, painting and ceramics. She was an avid golfer and bowler in her younger years, taught sewing and cooking in 4-H and was lovingly devoted to her large family. She was a skilled floral designer for Siekmann's Flower Shop for many years. Both Trudy and Bill were huge supporters of Wickenburg High School's Wrangler sports teams.
Trudy enjoyed gambling at the casinos with her sister and her mother on occasion.
She will be missed greatly for her strong spirit, stubborn streak, good cooking and her famous "raised eye-brow."
Services will be held Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. at First Southern Baptist Church, 360 W. Yavapai Street in Wickenburg, with a viewing from 9-10 a.m.