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Mary Louise (Rudy) Trombley

December 4, 1912 ~ May 31, 2018 (age 105)

Mary Louise Rudy Trombley, age 105, of Morristown, born December 4, 1912, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Mary was born at the family farm known as “The Nation” in Wythe County, Virginia. She was the second child of Mahlon Rudy and Elizabeth Jackson Rudy. She attended Martha Washington College in Abingdon, Virginia, after which she assisted in the care of multiple individuals during times of sickness and death. Later, she assisted a physician in his office in Tennessee. She met and married Arch F. Trombley in 1938 in Morristown where she started the first radio store in 1935 and she was a bookkeeper for the business until 2015. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church where she held the office of Superintendent for children’s division Sunday School. She was a long-time member of Soma Sala. In addition, she volunteered as a pink lady at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital for many years. Her interests included cooking for her family, playing the piano, riding horses, growing flowers, and traveling by large ships on the Great lakes. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mahlon Rudy (August 8, 1929) and Elizabeth Jackson Rudy (March 29, 1930), who died seven months apart. Also preceding her in death were her brother, Ralph Rudy (March 22, 1995); sisters, Sarah Rudy (June 7, 1926), Eva Lee Rudy King (December 27, 1995), and Kathleen Rudy (August 8, 1923); and husband, Arch F. Trombley, who passed away in 1971. She is survived by her son, Dan Trombley of Morristown, who for forty-seven years, owned and operated Trombley Electronics. She is also survived by four generations of nieces and nephews. She rode her horse, “Prince” to school, later rode a buggy to middle school, and drove a 1912 Ford convertible to high school in Hillsville, Virginia. Her favorite saying was, “Hard work never hurt anyone.” She experienced the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, women earning the right to vote, and advances in transportation, medicine, and technology. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at Westside Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. Asa Majors officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, June 4 at Hamblen Memory Gardens for graveside services. Arrangements by Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown.

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