SHIPP, Trudy Louise (nee Harwood)
October 30, 1937 – September 15, 2009
Trudy’s lifelong adventure on earth ended on September 15. She was born in Namaka, Alberta into the proud Harwood family of Strathmore. Together with Len Rosdal she had four children – Martin Rosdal (Sandy), Lori’ Rosdal (Phil), Brenda Williams (Jim), Deane Pickering (Lorne). Trudy was a hairdresser in the ‘50s, a farmer in the ‘60s, ran a logging business in Morley, managed the Smokeshop and Jewelry at Woolco in the ‘70s, then ran the CPR bunkhouse in Field, BC into the ‘80s, before retiring at the age of 50 to travel with the love of her life, Skip Shipp. They spent the next 20 years living a life of adventure, wintering in Mazatlan and Yuma, then spending their summers between Golden and Downie Creek, BC.
Trudy was the proud grandma of nine grandchildren – Jessie, Nick, Adam, Shelby, Kelsey, Jay, Levi, Brooklynn, Savannah – and two great-grandchildren – Victoria and Blake. She was everyone’s mom and best friend to many, many friends, as well as her children and her two wonderful sisters, Doris McQuarrie and Leona Sander. These three Harwood sisters were incredible role models for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to follow. She leaves behind two very special, lifelong friends, Vi and Ron McDonald, who meant the world to her and supported her to the very end.
Trudy was a strong, committed, loving, adventurous woman who believed nothing was impossible. If a man could do it, so could she – and she did! She was more comfortable preparing a feast for 50 than for two. She was a rebel and part gypsy, never afraid to tackle a new challenge, but also had a heart of pure gold and always ensured that everyone was well taken care of, including the pets – especially her ‘little black dog’ Shade.
No one was ready to let her go, but Trudy taught us all to be strong. Such an incredible woman.