Laura Grace Truitt
August 21, 1924 – June 12, 2018
Greensboro - Laura Little Truitt, 93, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Friends Homes West.
Laura was born in Greensboro, NC to the late William Brown Little and Grace Darling Dry Little. She graduated from Greensboro Senior High School, Class of 1940. She graduated from Greensboro College with a BM in Music Education in 1944. She attended Interlochen Music Camp in 1944, where her love of music led her to Rochester, NY and study further at The Eastman School of Music from 1945-1946.
Laura served on the faculty at Tift College in Forsyth, GA from September, 1946 until May, 1947 and then on the faculty of Vassar Studios in Greensboro in the fall of 1947. She opened a private piano studio in her home and taught privately for over fifty years. She gave recitals in Rochester, NY, Forsyth, GA and Greensboro, NC.
Laura also played on bimonthly programs on early TV in Greensboro. She was a member of the Euterpe Women’s Chorus and she accompanied them for several years. She served as a judge for music festivals. Laura was a member Of Greensboro Piano Quartet. She played duet and two piano programs with Pat Copley and Caroline Lee.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she served as a choir member, Circle leader, played hymns for various Sunday school classes from the age of eleven.
She was a member of several Bridge Clubs, including the competitive duplicate Bridge Club. She was most proud of her ability to do well at Bridge.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John R. Truitt, and daughter, Laura Truitt Blair. Those left to cherish her memory include her son, John E. Truitt of Greensboro; daughter, Teresa Truitt Brown of Chapel Hill; grandchildren, Mark Andrew Brown, Amanda Gail Brown, Benjamin Paul Brown, and Wesley Grace Brown.
The memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401 on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. David Partington officiating. The family will receive friends at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel on Sunday, July 1, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of the Healthcare Unit of Friends Home West for the professional and compassionate care they gave our mother.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the Music Fund of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, North Carolina or the charity of their choice in memory of Laura G. Truitt.
Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com
- Visitation Sunday, July 1, 2018
- Memorial Service Monday, July 2, 2018
- Visitation following the Service Monday, July 2, 2018
Laura Grace Truitt
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June 26, 2018
My grandmother “grandmommy” formed and shaped my most remarkable mother. I spoke with my mom today, expressing this to her and she asked about some special memories. Here they are,
She colored polka dots when there were no lines for them.
She said granddaddy snored so she made him eat a blueberry yogurt every day to cure him.
I also asked her to keep some of the crayons out of that firework cookie tin because Ben pushed too hard on them...and she did that.
She put maybe 4 purples and a blue or red in a sliding card box with two flower patterns and velour around the sides.
And no one else knew except me.
And I wouldn’t dare let anyone in on it because I’ve always been extremely particular about people that press too hard on crayons. That was special to me.
At one of our visits she had those chocolate covered cherries in the fridge. They were not good because mixing textures like that is just kind of terrible. I ate one then just ate the chocolate off two more and she didn’t tell you (my mom) about it.
Not sure if these are things that really are big to anyone but they were small things that made me feel like “yeah, I’m on your team.”
Basically she had a way of knowing some lines you never cross and some are okay to dip your toes over and laugh about.
June 24, 2018
Laura was my first formal piano teacher. My Aunt was a Greensboro College classmate, but lived in Reidsville which was not as simple as walking across the street from Beverly Place. Theresa was my classmate beginning at Sternberger along with tons of other great playmates in Starmount Forest. ( She survived one of my go-cart birthday parties after a spectacular crash into a tree). I will always remember Mrs. Truitt as a total NO nonsense instructor that wasn't happy when I wanted to play sheet music instead of formal scales (that RED Thompson book I used to throw in her front bushes and claim I forgot to bring it). Once I brought a "Beatles" arrangement that I had been working on with Robbie Lloyd for a school talent show on my Fender guitar, and she was unimpressed to say the least...saying that "noise" was meant for electric string instruments and I needed to wisely spend my time on my "Fundamentals of Piano Theory " lesson book to play Haydn "Sonate" for my rapidly approaching recital piece at be held at her house. Classic. Years later at Wake Forest University, I thought of her often during my "mini"-semester with the Dept. of Music /Pipe Organ Studies playing in Wait Chapel. Thanks for your inspiration, Laura...we'll never forget you.