FROM THE LINCOLN JOURNAL
May 22, 2013
Trudy B. Robinson of West Hamlin, WV, died on May 22, 2013 at her home.
Born in Maxeys, Georgia on January 1st, 1925, daughter of Fred P. and Nela Wray Bell of Watkinsville, GA.
She graduated from Oconee County High School and attended Walker Park College. In 1945, she served in the Womens Army Corp. at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. Upon discharge, she came to live in West Virginia, settling in Hurricane, where she was a resident for over 50 years. While in Hurricane, she was very active in civic affairs - belonging to the Hurricane Womans Club, the Downtown Association, and was very active in the First Baptist Church of Hurricane, of which she was a member.
After her family, her first love was books and libraries. As president of the Hurricane Womans Club, with the help of its members a library service for Putnam County was first obtained with a bookmobile. Then helped established as a permanent library in Hurricane, Teays Valley, and later a branch library in Eleanor. Trudy served on the first Library Board in Putnam County.
In 1957 she originated the now out-of-print Putnam Post, working with Denver Hodges of the A to Z Supermarket, Doris Clark of the Hurricane Five and Dime, and Jane Cox of the Ladies Style Center. The Putnam Post was the first Total Market Coverage paper to be printed in the state of West Virginia.
Ms. Robinson was also a 23 year employee of the WV Department of Highways in Charleston. She had many hobbies and interests, among them: gardening -both flowers and vegetables, growing roses and orchids, bird-watching, and all of nature. Most of all, she loved gourmet cooking and entertaining friends and relatives. Trudy authored the popular weekly column: "Cooking Plain & Fancy first through The Valley Press and then The Lincoln Journal.
Trudy was preceded in death by her parents, a son: Fred Brian Robinson of Hawaii and Los Angeles, CA; a sister: Winifred Hancock of Hull, GA; and a brother: Frederick Bell of Athens, GA. She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Nelson of Ironton, OH; son, Thomas A. Robinson and daughter-in-law, Patty Pritchard of West Hamlin, WV; son David Robinson and wife, Meta, of Sarasota, FL; and son, Richard Robinson and wife, Kim, of Land OLakes, FL. She has a number of beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
At her request, her body will be cremated.
Visitation will be on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1 p.m., with funeral beginning at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Hurricane, WV. Allen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.