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Gertrude Entwistle

May 30, 1936 — November 8, 2023

Gertrude Entwistle


Gertrude Betts Entwistle born May 30, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2023, in Morristown, Tennessee at the age of 87. Affectionately known to all as Trudy, she spent her life touching the hearts of those in and around her home town of Medford, New Jersey.

Trudy was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Winfield Betts and Helen Cleaver Betts, her brother Richard Van Betts, and sister Jane Strasdas. She is survived by her dedicated husband, Douglas Entwistle, and their children: daughter Kathi and David Jensen, son Brian and Mari Entwistle, and son Keith and Annette Entwistle. Trudy's son Bruce Entwistle also preceded her in death. Trudy leaves a lasting legacy through her grandchildren: Drew Jensen, Kendall Jensen, and Hannah Entwistle.

At 16 years old, Trudy became a volunteer candy striper, igniting a lifelong dedication to selfless service as a Registered Nurse. Her extensive career as a healthcare professional, spanning over 40 years, reflects a remarkable commitment to healthcare and public well-being. She was employed at Burlington County Memorial Hospital Mount Holly, New Jersey where she served as Floor Nurse, Critical Care Nurse, and Nursing Care Coordinator. Trudy’s commitment to public service included serving in the Women’s Army Corp., The Salvation Army and other humanitarian causes in addition to her professional duties. 

In her spare time Trudy volunteered as a First Responder and was a lifetime Member of the Medford Emergency Squad and a member of the Medford Lakes Emergency Squad. Trudy was a founding participant in the Paramedic Unit at Burlington County Memorial Hospital. She was a teacher at the Burlington County First Aid Academy conducting CPR training classes for the community.

In her retirement, Trudy and Doug settled in Dandridge, Tennessee, where she continued to enjoy life's simple pleasures. Trudy was an avid reader, she also found joy in collecting miniature dollhouses, which served as a creative outlet and a source of delight for her. Her interests reflected her appreciation for the small details in life, much like her dedication to nursing and helping others.

Trudy often imparted valuable life's lessons to her grandchildren, emphasizing the importance of compromise and understanding to Hannah, or playing “Mother May I” on the back deck when Kendall was a little girl.

Known for her dry sense of humor, Trudy's signature greeting was "Greetings and Salutations," and her response to inquiries about her well-being was often, "I'm upright", when frustrated, simply, “Fiddlesticks." Her ability to unapologetically always be herself let you know exactly what she was thinking, suggesting a level of self-awareness, confidence, and authenticity that can be both inspiring and admirable, allowing those around her to understand and appreciate her for who she truly was.

Trudy's enduring legacy as a genuine hero is evident in the multitude of lives she has impacted through her nursing career, military service, volunteer work, and community outreach programs. Her narrative stands as a beacon of inspiration to future healthcare professionals and alike, showcasing the profound influence one person can wield on a community through unwavering dedication, boundless compassion, and selfless service.

Her expertise and adaptability in the nursing field shone as a testament to her commitment to excellence. Additionally, her dedication to education and advocacy for life-saving skills underscores her profound sense of responsibility. Trudy's promotion for child car seat safety and active involvement in diverse community initiatives underscores her holistic approach to healthcare. Her sincere concern for the well-being of individuals at every stage of life never wavered, emphasizing her warm intentions and steadfast ability to care for others.

In keeping with her Religious Society of Friends beliefs, we would ask that you celebrate her “inner light” in memoriam with the Quaker funeral tradition, focusing on quiet reflection and giving thanks for a life well-lived. Trudy will be remembered not only for her simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, service, and stewardship but also for the warmth, kindness, and laughter she brought to all who were fortunate enough to have known her.

We want to express our heartfelt thanks to each member of Life Care of Morristown, Tennessee staff, from the nurses and caregivers to the administrative and support teams. Their collective efforts created an environment that allowed Trudy to experience a sense of peace and tranquility in her final moments.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Trudy's memory to a charity of your choice. The family extends their gratitude to all who have been part of Trudy's life and invites friends and loved ones to celebrate her remarkable journey.

May Trudy's soul rest in eternal peace.

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