Gertrude Alexander Rierson
May 26, 1918 - October 22, 2018
Gertrude Alexander Rierson, age 100, passed away in Salem on October 22, 2018. She was born in Monterey Park, California near Los Angeles to Vera (Stevens) and Grover Williams on May 26, 1918.
In high school Gertrude participated in school plays and musicals with her beautiful soprano voice. After graduation she attended a two-year business school and then secured a secretarial job. Gertrude met Robert Alexander, also of Los Angeles, when she attended the World’s Fair of 1939/40 in New York. It was love at first sight and they were married three months later.
During Bob’s military service they traveled up and down the Pacific Coast. After the war they settled in Portland, Oregon where they raised their four children. During this time period Gertrude asked people to call her Trudy. She enjoyed canning fruit during the summer and growing vegetables and flowers. She was a talented seamstress, routinely making clothing for herself and children. Trudy developed a love for early American furniture and spent many happy hours with a friend searching for and purchasing these “finds.”She learned to make braided rugs and made several for their home. She first learned to tole paint and then took lessons with oil and water colors. After filling up her own home with art work, Trudy happily created them as gifts for her family. Membership in The First Church of Christ, Scientist was very important to her. She first attended Eighth Church in Portland, then the church in Kent, Washington, and finally Salem, Oregon. She served terms as First Reader in Kent as well as Salem and was active on committees over the years. Bob passed away in 1986 and two years later Trudy married Billie G. Rierson. Together they enjoyed taking care of their home on 2 ½ acres, traveling, square dancing, and spending time with family.
She lived most recently at Lancaster Assisted Living. The family is grateful for the loving care she received while there. She is predeceased by both husbands and daughter Catherine Johnson. Surviving are sister Doris Snowden of Grass Valley, California; children Julie (Robert) Johnson of Canby, Oregon; Robert C (Barbara) Alexander, Wenatchee, Washington; Scott E. (Janis) Alexander, Scottsdale, Arizona; 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 2 nephews. No service is planned. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
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