Louise Thrall Trussell, 87


Louise Thrall Trussell, 87, of Milton, Del., passed peacefully at her daughter’s home, surrounded by family members and her card buddies, on Thursday, May 21, 2009. Married to her husband in 1941, World War II kept them apart for most of four years. She was an avid bridge player and a homemaker extraordinaire, actively participating in the lives of her family. She was active in Girl and Boy Scouts.

At the age of 50, when her husband became the civilian chief of logistics for the Department of Defense in Okinawa, she took her first plane ride to get there and from then on until the year before her death, she traveled the world. She was involved for years with the Embroiderer’s Guild of America and studied silk embroidery with master craftsmen from Japan and China, exhibiting her work many times and was recognized as an outstanding craftswoman herself. She also mastered Scandinavian-style Hardanger embroidery.

Trussell was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Howard Marshall Trussell. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Babcock and her husband, William, of Renton, Wash.; her daughter, Adrienne Scott of Milton; her son, Howard Trussell Jr. and his wife, Marti, of Fargo, N.D., and her daughter, Pamela Quam of Denver, Colo.; six grandchildren, Gretchen Coulthurst and her husband, Rob, Jessie Babcock, Adam Scott, Diana Trussell, Domineque Scott and Glenn Trussell; and great-grandsons, Ethan and Evan Coulthurst.

A memorial service was scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2009, with interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Edward the Confessor Episcopal Church, 865 Ferndale Road N, Wayzata, MN 55391; or Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.