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Friday, August 15, 2014

Trudy (Gertrude) Carmichael

Trudy (Gertrude) Carmichael, 98, of Nashua, died peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, after a short illness. She was born April 27, 1916, in Contoocook, the eldest of two children of Roy and Florence (Currier) Emerson. Her sister, Jeanne Emerson, of Seattle, predeceased her in 2008.

Trudy attended Concord High School and graduated in 1936 from Keene Normal School. Her first teaching position was of four grades in a one-room school before teaching mathematics in Henniker where she met her husband, John D. Carmichael. They were married in 1942 and moved to Hartford, CT, where she worked in the actuarial department of a local insurance company. ...

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Trudy (Gertrude) Carmichael, 98, of Nashua, died peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, after a short illness. She was born April 27, 1916, in Contoocook, the eldest of two children of Roy and Florence (Currier) Emerson. Her sister, Jeanne Emerson, of Seattle, predeceased her in 2008.

Trudy attended Concord High School and graduated in 1936 from Keene Normal School. Her first teaching position was of four grades in a one-room school before teaching mathematics in Henniker where she met her husband, John D. Carmichael. They were married in 1942 and moved to Hartford, CT, where she worked in the actuarial department of a local insurance company.

When Johnny joined the service, she returned to Concord, teaching at a local school, until she joined her husband who was stationed in Spokane, WA. While living at Geiger Field, they lived in hastily constructed barracks, cooking on a wood stove. Upon orders which sent Johnny to the Pacific Theatre, Trudy returned to Concord to teach at the high school. Many of her fellow teachers were ones who had taught Trudy.

After World War II ended, she assisted her husband’s climb up the corporate ladder of John Hancock Insurance Company, relocating every few years to numerous locations in New England and New York, while raising a family of three children. When Johnny suffered a disabling stroke, she moved the family to Nashua where she has lived since 1970.

Trudy, known as “Mrs. C,” was a teacher’s assistant at White Wing School in Nashua for twenty years from 1972 to 1992. She retired at age 76 to care for her husband, who died two years later in 1994. She also volunteered at the Nashua Y’s kindergarten school, where she was known as “Grandma Trudy,” and at the Y’s Camp Sargent facility where she led a music program.

She was an avid sports fan, rooting for both the Red Sox and Celtics, no matter what their standing was in their leagues. She began bowling weekly in 1962 and continued until she was in her late 80s.

Trudy was a member of the First Baptist Church where she established and led the Sunday Youth Service Program, being named “Woman of the Year” for 1975 and served as treasurer of the Women’s Fellowship from 1971 to 1993.

She is survived by her children, Sue Coy, of Milford, and her husband, Greg, and their sons, Kevin of Austin, TX, Brian and his wife Becky of VT, and Michael and his wife Ann of Manila, The Philippines, Peter Carmichael and his wife Betsy, and their son David of Kennesaw, GA, and Tom Carmichael of Nashua; along with many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate her long life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 23, at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua. A committal service will be held privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice House, Attn. Development, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. (603) 882-0591. www.farwellfuneral.com.