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Gertrude (Trudy) Eisenhauer Jones

December 25, 1934 - March 2, 2022

Gertrude (Trudy) Eisenhauer Jones, of Forest, has come to rest on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Born in Freudenberg, Germany on December 25, 1934, to Karl and Elise Eisenhauer, she was a strong ambitious woman that forged through the trials of life, always with a smile on her face.

She was a career waitress and was the hostess with the mostest in every aspect of her hard-working life. Her positive attitude and drive to satisfy her accomplishments, set a standard for her children and all who knew her. She was a conscientious and caring mother that always put her family first. She was an expert in plants and landscaping where she was thoroughly at peace when working in the yard and propagating her bushes and trees for additions to her lovely landscaping plans in each home she had lived. She had a love for beautiful cars, always driving one in her younger years, and had a love for all animals large and small. She loved classical music, German opera’s, Pink Floyd and Queen; she was the coolest Mom ever. She played Canasta and Mahjong and always looked forward to her play dates with her friends at the Templeton Senior Center. She was courageous & brave, where, in her 60” s, she packed her bags and traveled cross country alone, to see our beautiful nation.

She loved her homeland of Germany and although living through hard times during World War II, she always had fond memories of being back home with her family. She carried herself with grace and dignity and had more class than anyone known to our family. She had a firm belief in always being well dressed and would never be seen otherwise. In her retirement years, she would still wear her classy blouses, black slacks, and pearls, even while doing yard work, as she was labeled the best dressed landscaper in all Virginia. She was a small woman in stature but large in grit and strength, as she was a true hard-working German that had instilled in her children ethics, responsibility, and dependability.

She leaves behind her Children: Jack Jones and Lisa Carroll (Jeff), 3 Grandchildren: Amelia Jones, Alisha Carroll, and Justin Carroll and 3 Great Grandchildren: Jayden Rice, Easton Carroll, and Julius Carroll. She also leaves behind sisters Hilde Krallinger of North Carolina, Helen Bischop of Hundeim Germany along with a brother Joseph Eisenhauer also of Hundheim Germany and an array of nieces and nephews. Special thank you to Christina Bradley for her support and help to all of us through this sad time.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit

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I don't think I can say anything that was not said in the beautiful posting. I have known Trudy for 27 years and she always remained a woman with great wisdom, amazing stories and can out work any farmer I know while dressed to the nine and always smiling! She was a wonderful grandmother to my daughter Amelia and no words can really describe the gratitude I have for her. I feel blessed to have known her and to be present as she left this life and moving on to bigger and greater things. She will truly be missed by many!

Posted by Christina Bradley on March 15, 2022

Trudy was in our canasta group at Templeton Center. She was truly a gracious lady with so much charm. I never knew she was ill till she stopped coming and I was told of her illness. She always appeared well when with us and was sadly missed. Condolences to the family.

Posted by Carol E Dennis on March 13, 2022

I met Trudy at Templeton Center where I played Canasta with her in our wonderful group of seniors. She was a gracious lady and brightened our group with her presence. When she stopped coming I asked what was wrong and was told of her illness. I never had noticed her being ill just saw a beautiful lady with such charm. She will be sadly and has already been sadly missed Condolences to her family.

Posted by Carol E Dennis on March 13, 2022

Trudy was a true delight! She was always a bright and happy presence at the Templeton Center. I enjoyed hearing her stories, all told with a beautiful smile on her face. She is a true inspiration to me and will be deeply missed. Paula Kepel

Posted by Paula on March 12, 2022

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