Gertrude “Trudy” (Cross) Rowe, 98, of Lawrence passed away peacefully on May 12, 2020, at home, surrounded by her family.

Trudy was a lifelong resident of Lawrence and she was loved by all who knew her. Graduating as the Lawrence High School class of 1940 valedictorian, she went on to attend County Normal (Now Western Michigan University) and fulfilled her dream of becoming a teacher. In 1946, she married Paul U. Rowe, and together they become a staple in the farming community.