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Gertrude Washburn

August 9, 1927 — September 10, 2022


WASHBURN, Gertrude, "Gert, Trudy, BT" (Brooks) age 95, formerly of Cherryville, passed away Saturday, September 10th, 2022. She was born in Hall County, Georgia August 9th, 1927 to Robert Addison Harlan Brooks and Cora Williams Brooks. After attending Cleveland County School Systems she married Robert Eugene Washburn in 1944. She later attended beautician school and started her private beauty salon, a business she owned and operated for over 30 years all while being an attentive wife and mother to three.

She is survived by her youngest child Trudy Smith (Wayne, dec.), Patricia Washburn (John, dec.); five grandchildren Jason Washburn (Petra), Matthew Washburn (Holley), Josh Washburn (Tate), Cori Smith (Benjamin), Logan Smith (Katlyn); seven great grandchildren Shayna, Noah, Nick, Maddox, Lia, Scout, and Thomas.

She is preceded in death by husband Robert Eugene Washburn and sons Robert Edward Washburn and John Datus Washburn. Along with 5 siblings, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

She will be remembered as an avid reader, a shrewd bridge player, and a forever Tar Heel supporter. She loved God, her family, and the town she called home for 63 years, Cherryville.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:30am Monday, September 26, 2022 at First Baptist Church of Cherryville with Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating.

Her family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:30 prior to her service at the church.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 East 1st St, Cherryville, NC 28021.

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Monday, September 26, 2022

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