GERTRUDE WALTON TRUDY ATKINS GREENSBORO Gertrude Walton Atkins (Trudy) passed away on March 15, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at West Market Street United Methodist Church, 302 West Market Street. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the Gathering Space at the church. Born August 1, 1925, Trudy was predeceased by Emmet Day Atkins Jr., her husband of 43 years. She is survived by daughter and son, Trudi Walton Atkins and Emmet Day Atkins III; daughter in law Annette Godwin Atkins; and three treasured granddaughters Hayley, Ashley and Kayla Atkins. She is also survived by her sister, Jane Walton D'Auvray and nephews Wayne Bradford Duttera (Donna), Val Flor D'Auvray (Elsie) and William Raoul D'Auvray (Melissa), a great-niece, and many great-nephews. Trudy had a passion for exploring life. With the typewriter her daddy gave her on her 13th birthday Trudy got her first reporting job working for the Salisbury Post while still in High School with her first big scoop traveling by train to interview Dorothy Thompson. She continued to work for the Post while attending Catawba College then for the Southern Pines Pilot while attending UNC-CH. After graduating from Carolina, she worked for Associated Press and the US Information Service in London and Munich and Stuttgart followed by a stint in Casablanca. In the fall of '52 she traveled as part of the national press corps riding the campaign train throughout New England with Adlai Stevenson as he ran for president. Later she had an opportunity to serve in the White House for Mamie Eisenhower but turned down the offer in favor of a proposal of marriage from Emmet with whom she created a lifetime of happy memories. She returned to school to earn her MFA from UNC-G and remained at UNC-G for the next 18 years editing the Alumni News. She left UNC-G to work for Dr. William Friday, president of the UNC System as his "Girl Friday" until his retirement in 1986. She then "settled down" to work for the family business, Southern Trade Publications, publishing trade journals and the Retirement Resource Guide. She kept a full work and social schedule until May of last year when her health forced her to reign in her activity. She was passionate for causes to help others serving on numerous boards, including Shepherd's Center, the Library Board and Council on Aging and as a Legislative Representative for AARP North Carolina. She was involved in and chaired numerous projects including with Sister Cities International and the Guilford County School System launching the first International Arts Festival. As an Oxfordian, she is no doubt already appealing to a higher authority to reveal the true identity of the authorship of the works of William Shakespeare. She loved her association with her "Open Door" Sunday School Class and the English Speaking Union and was an avid and graceful ballroom dancer. Ballroom dancing was a passion she shared with Emmet for most of their married life and through which she and he developed some of their deepest friendships over the years. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to The Legacy Journey Endowment Fund at West Market Street United Methodist Church or to a favorite charity.