IN APPRECIATION OF TRUDY RIDDLE, GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT
MCHS expresses our condolences to Trudy Riddle’s family and our gratitude for her longtime work with the Genealogical Society. She freely shared her research expertise and time, responding to countless public inquiries for family history information over the years. Trudy, aged 72, passed away on January 25, 2021.
Trudy was born to George and Doris Mae (Phillippe) Eldon in Fulton, MO. She had one son. A graduate of the University of Missouri/Columbia, she taught for 33 years for the Montgomery County R-2 school district, retiring in 2003. She substitute taught for another 17 years, completing 50 years of educational service. After retirement, Trudy worked at the Montgomery City Library. She enjoyed traveling and not only visited 48 states but also Mexico, Canada and Europe.
A friendly face, both as an educator and as a volunteer with a “can do” attitude, is how Trudy is remembered. Even though she did not grow up in Montgomery County, she spent most of her life here and used her knowledge of family connections to help everyone she could. She was also a tireless volunteer at the local State Retired Teacher group and GFWC Women’s Club. She spent many hours helping in whatever way she could to benefit the local community. Her dedication and helpfulness will truly be missed by many now and many years in the future.
(Information used in this article was partially gathered from her obituary in the Montgomery Standard)
The Society was formed in 1995 with the mission to collect and preserve family records, histories and other documents pertinent to the study and preservation of genealogical information.
*** THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID AND THE DEATH OF THE SOCIETY'S PRESIDENT ***
Volunteers staff the MCHS building on Tuesday mornings (March thru mid-December, weather permitting) from 9:00 am until Noon. They are available to assist visitors with research. There is a charge for copies and/or a donation is requested.
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm, March through December.
Inquiries regarding library holdings may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
or mailed to 112 W. Second Street.
Volunteers will respond to your queries, the most common of which involves looking up obituaries in the extensive collection of newspaper clippings. Other resources include family books, school yearbooks, church records, community files, local history books and personal scrapbooks.
Efforts to inventory, index and digitize the records are on-going and volunteers are welcome!
President - Open
Vice-President - Ginny Cummings
Secretary - Shirley Swearingen
Treasurer - Harriet Worrell