Trudy Hennings

March 9, 1950July 10, 2019

Trudy Coffey Hennings of Greensboro, NC, left this earthly plane Wednesday, June 10, 2019, to meet her Heavenly Father. Trudy is survived by her only daughter, Laura Hennings O’Byrne, her son-in-law, Michael O’Byrne, and her three grandsons, Logan Rose, Justin O’Byrne, and Alan O’Byrne. At the time of passing, Trudy was in the care of Hospice and Palliative Care at Beacon Place in Greensboro, NC, holding Laura’s hand.

Trudy was a fierce and loving woman who worked hard her whole life. She valued a solid work ethic, honesty, integrity, and loyalty. She worked at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and retired from the Human Resources department in 2008. Trudy was known as one to go to when you needed something done correctly and quickly. She thoroughly enjoyed her work, but just as much enjoyed getting home to her beloved pets for an evening of television or with her friends to play Canasta or enjoy a celebratory dinner. She was grateful for every moment with each of her friends.

She walked in her faith knowing God was always with her, even in the face of illness over the past years. Trudy embraced every soul she encountered. She was loving and kind. She entered Hospice care in the Spring of 2017 only to be called what she thought was hilarious-a “live exit” in the spring of 2018. The gift of time was given to all as her indomitable will allowed all surrounding her to live and love and laugh with her until God called her home.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 14th, 3:30 pm at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel with burial to follow at Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish to memorialize Trudy, please donate to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro or the NC Children’s Home Society. Trudy loved a beautiful flower, but she gained the magnificent gift of time through Hospice, and the gift of the most beautiful mother-daughter relationship one could ever have through adoption. We cannot think of a better way to give thanks for her friendship than through supporting those who supported her.



  • Visitation at Hanes-Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 14, 2019


  • Burial at Guilford Memorial Park


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Janet Pugh

July 14, 2019

I worked with Trudy in Human Resources at UNCG for several years. We had a good time working together and sharing some interesting stories. So very sorry to learn of her passing. She certainly will be missed.

Melvin Ward

July 14, 2019

I have known Trudy for over 35 years. We first met in the Single’s Class at 16th Street Baptist Church. After Trudy, Mildred, and I drove to the beach for a fun weekend with the Class, we became the best of friends. Our friendship continued at UNCG as colleagues working together in Human Resources. My favorite memory was when Trudy, Becky, Bruce and I flew to New York City for a fun weekend. We went to the top of the Statue of Liberty (and by the time we got to the top Trudy wanted to kill me) and we also went to the top of the World Trade Center. We also attended the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall and a couple of shows on Broadway. We discussed that weekend while visiting Trudy shortly before her last illness. She was a true friend, excellent listener, trusted HR professional and we will never forget her.

Melvin Ward and Bruce Michaels

Don Shore

July 13, 2019

I was very blessed to know Trudy from our days at UNCG. She was a dedicated and conscientious co-worker. If you needed help she was always willing and was a wonderful resource,especially when you needed to know who to contact in another department. She was honest, hardworking and enjoyable to be around. After her retirement she hosted several of us co-workers at her home and was a warm and inviting host. It was a privilege knowing her and working with her.
Don Shore

Marsha Ramsey

July 12, 2019

Although I have only known Trudy for a short time it was like we had known each other for life. She was a true friend and a joy to spend time with. I told her many times she was the older sister I never had. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
Your sister, friend, & caregiver

Todd Mitchell

July 12, 2019

I am sorry to hear of Trudy's passing. I worked with her for many years and can recall a lot of laughter and good conversations. She was a fighter for what she believed in but also always remained
a very sweet and caring person. She will be missed.

Tom & Fran Hardy

July 12, 2019

We are going to miss our Dear Friend of 50yrs! We have been through thick & thin & she was always there for us! We will dearly miss our times together. Trudy was considered a part of our Family. She courageously struggled with her sickness & now no more suffering & at Peace. Love & God Bless her Soul!

Ralice Gertz

July 12, 2019

Met Trudy in 1979 at UNCG. Played in a Canasta Club, belonged to a dinner group, in our Sunday Brunch group and belonged to the Pilot Club with her. Her joyful spirit will be greatly missed by her many friends. It was so fortuitous that I had the pleasure of having her in my life.!

Kim Newnam

July 12, 2019

I have known Trudy for many years through UNCG, and she was always so helpful, compassionate and very pleasant to work with. She is a true friend and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.