Gertrude "Trudy" Childers

April 27, 1927June 5, 2019

Gertrude "Trudy" Childers,

92, retired Andover School reading teacher and WWII US Navy veteran, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Wichita at Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 3 pm with a reception preceding the service at 2 pm.

Trudy is preceded in death by her father Fred Edgar Norton, mother Bessie Maud Norton, brothers Herbert and Charles W. Norton, and nephew Charles David Norton (Shirley) with whom she grew up. She is survived by husband James H. “Harvey” Childers, daughter Vicki (Brenda Ekwurzel) and son Brian (Gail), grandson James (Megan Holub), great-grandson Liam, nephew’s wife Shirley Norton, and sisters-in-laws, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, and their children.

Trudy was employed for 27 years in the Andover Elementary school system, first as a second grade teacher, and then as a reading teacher in the reading program that she launched. She devoted the remainder of her career to teaching reading in support of this program. She typically had 125 students daily from all grade levels in her reading lab.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Education (University of Oklahoma, Wichita State University), and three master’s degrees from Wichita State University in Education, Student Personnel and Guidance, and School Administration.

Trudy’s parents were depot agents for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad working from Idaho to Arkansas. Her father died when she was a child but her mother continued as an agent. She learned telegraphy from working with her mother which helped her obtain a position in ship-to-shore communications with the U.S. Navy during WWII.

At FUMC, she taught Sunday School at FUMC for Dessa Laughlin and Pansy Brown, prominent leaders of the children’s program, for many years. She was a lifelong Christian who proclaimed her faith to everyone at every opportunity. Trudy was a Girl Scout troop leader for many years and brought a lot of joy to the children involved. Her efforts earned her the Girl Scout “Thanks” Badge.

Trudy dearly loved animals and devoted a lot of time, effort, and countless resources to saving homeless animals. She never met an animal she didn’t like and who didn’t like her back.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the FUMC Children’s Ministry and the Kansas Humane Society. Our heartfelt thanks go to Interim Hospice for their excellent care.


  • First United Methodist Church Children's Ministry
  • Kansas Humane Society


  • Reception Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, June 8, 2019


Gertrude "Trudy" Childers

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Mark & Cathy Romboli

June 15, 2019

Harvey, Sorry for your loss, you nave our deepest sympathy.

Mark Romboli
SCMS President 2011-2012

Bud & Kathy Kulesza

June 15, 2019

Harvey and Family,
It’s with heavy heart that we learned of Trudy's passing. It was truly our pleasure to have gotten to know you two through the Institute of Management Accountants and particularly at the Stuart Cameron McLeod events where Harvey was President. Trudy was a great friend with a big heart. We think fondly of the times we met for lunch, enjoying your company whenever we were in Wichita, especially, Trudy's quick wit and great sense of humor. Trudy will be greatly missed by many . Please accept our condolences and may knowing that others share in your loss bring comfort. With heartfelt sympathy, Bud & Kathy

Stephanie Harm's Barton

June 7, 2019

I had her as a teacher in grade school. My love of reading is because of her. She made it so much fun! I can recall she had this machine that would show only a few words at a time, it would speed up, making you challenge your reading abilities. She had fun blow up letter people that I still remember to this day. Blessed to have her as a teacher

Harry Simpson

June 7, 2019

Fair winds and following seas sailor.
"Boatswain... Standby to pipe the side... Shipmate's going Ashore..."

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Diane Dye Singleton

June 7, 2019

I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother and wish I could attend the service.
I have fond memories of your mom during our time as Girl Scouts. Your mom obviously loved working with children as I can only remember all of the fun we had during our meetings in your basement and especially at Camp Wiedemann. She threw great Halloween parties too, complete with peeled grapes for eye balls and spaghetti brains. And I can’t forget all of those guinea pigs!
Please extend my sympathy to your dad and Brian, too.

Kim Baughman

June 7, 2019

Truly one of a kind, the best kind. Her love for animals and people in need never went unnoticed. Such a big caring heart. I will miss you my friend, love you very much.