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BARTH, Gertrude Lillian
BARTH, Gertrude Lillian A resident of Antelope Valley for 73 years, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2014 after a brief illness. She was born June 18, 1916 in Salt Lake City, Utah while her parents were traveling between their home in Los Angeles and the home of her mother's family near Durango, Colorado. As a little girl, she and her sister Louise loved to ride their bikes around the neighborhood where they lived, play in the large fort they dug in the ground in their back yard, and ride the red-car trolley to far away places like Los Alamitos beach. Her father, a butcher by training, had a meat market on Central Avenue not far from their home. Trudy, as she liked to be called by her friends, graduated from Los Angeles' John C. Fremont High School in 1933 at the height of the Great Depression. She went on to learn to operate the comptometer which enabled her to get a job in the accounting department at Standard Oil Company. While at Standard Oil, she met her future husband Arthur Barth. Art and Trudy were married in 1939 and moved to Antelope Valley in January 1941 to begin their life working together on their ranch on the west side of Lancaster. While on the ranch, she became a great cook, able to make a fine meal three times a day not only for her family, but also for the workers if they were hungry. She learned to drive the tractor, tend the garden, and make clothes for her kids out of colorfully patterned feed sacks. After 22 years of hard work on the ranch raising alfalfa, cattle and four children, the couple moved into the town of Lancaster. Trudy became involved in various charitable activities, with Children's Hospital Guild being one of her favorites. She helped collect donor's gifts over the years for the Guild's rummage sales, and enjoyed every minute of it. The Guild was one of the ways that enabled her to pitch-in and help. That was one of her strongest qualities - to the very end, she was always one to pitch-in and help get the work done. Trudy loved people and always kept track of the day-to-day activities of all of her friends and relatives. She knew everybody's birthday, the names of all of their kids, grandkids, and great grandkids, whether they were sick or well, happy or unhappy, and the interesting things they were doing. When friends or relatives would mention they were traveling, she would usually suggest that they make it a point to stop and visit with someone we all knew (or should know) who lived near their destination. And, there were lots of people in far away places that she considered her friends because Art and Trudy loved to travel. There is a map hanging on their dining room wall pinpointing about 50 destinations around the world where they have visited, and made friends. Anyone who knew Trudy will tell you that she was the best of friends, generous, humble, compassionate, honest, hard-working, God-loving, and devoted to her family. We are so fortunate to have had her on this earth for 98 years, and can easily envision the joyous reunion she is now having with her beloved husband, sister, parents, and numerous friends who passed before her. Trudy is predeceased by her husband Art, her sister Louise, and her parents Lily Mathilda (Patsheck) and Frederick Carl Herminghaus. She is survived by her younger sister Margaret (Mikey), and four children, Ed, Jim, Ginger and Larry. GG, as she is known to her grandchildren, is also survived by eleven grandchildren Ð Holly, Brian, Heather and Eric; Steve, Jason and Jeremy; Travis and Ross; and Anna and James.And, GG is further survived by nine great-grandchildren Rosie, Nathan and Andrew, Elia and Analise; Emmie, Colby, and Tobin; and Ross Jr.". A memorial service will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Joshua Memorial Park in Lancaster. Visitation will commence at noon and a reception for all will follow the memorial. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending a donation to the Antelope Valley Guild of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, in care of Mrs. John Currado, 1119 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93534.

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