MADISON -- Gertrude M. "Trudy" Luce, 89, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison. She was the youngest of 15 children, born Feb. 10, 1924, in Madison, to Alton H. and Minerva (Sawyer) McKenney.
Gertrude graduated from Madison High School with the class of 1941. In her younger years, Gertrude worked with her brothers and a sister painting homes and wallpapering. She was married May 6, 1951, in Madison, to Robert F. Luce. From 1951 to 1965, she and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Norridgewock. In 1965, they sold the farm and moved to Madison with their family including their Shetland pony "Trigger" and dog "Tippy." Gertrude was a member of the United Baptist Church of Madison. She was a talented seamstress. She and her husband enjoyed the simple pleasures like going for a ride and bringing along a picnic lunch. Her greatest pleasure in life however, was her family.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert F. Luce, on Dec. 6, 2003; and 14 siblings, Ivan Sawyer, Grace Evelyn, Harold Arlo, Margaret Elvina, Erva Ruth, Alice May, Doris Belle, Ernest Victor, Donald Alva, Newell Alton, Joseph Clayton, Florence Ellen, Elsie Agnes and Virginia Frances.
She is survived by her children, Mark O. Luce, and his wife, Joanne, of Newport, Marilyn R. Goodine, of Madison, Gary R. Luce and his wife, Mary, of Anson, and Susan L. Allmendinger and her husband, Mike, of Skowhegan; grandchildren Garrett Pomelow and his wife, Norliza, and their son Affan, Glen Goodine and his wife, Wendy, and their children, Andrew, Mathew and Blake, Gabriel Goodine and his wife, Diana, and their children, Will, Luke, Mia and Ben, Benjamin Luce and his wife, Jess, Skye Austin and her husband, Matt, and their children Caleb and Brooke, and Elizabeth Luce and her fiance, Adam; and many cherished nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. with a funeral service at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the United Baptist Church, 43 Maple St., in Madison. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial contribution to Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center, attention Betsy Wacome, activities/hospitality director, 170 Main St., Madison, ME 04950.
Cremation and service arrangements are by Giberson Funeral Home, 40 Maple St., Madison.