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Gertrude Rider Barnum
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Birth: Nov. 16, 1918
Michigan, USA
Death: Jul. 14, 2011
Washtenaw County
Michigan, USA

Gertrude Barnum
11/16/1918 - 07/14/2011
Stark Funeral Service

Barnum, Gertrude

Gertrude made her transition Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Arbor Hospice after a period of declining health.

Gertrude Rider was born November 16, 1918 and grew up on a fruit farm near Shelby, one of seven children. One older sister died in infancy. A brother died at age two. Two more sisters, Hazel Rider, formerly of Ann Arbor and Frances Casella of New Hyde Park, NY, died in 2006. It was during her little brother's fatal bout with scarlet fever when Gertrude was sixteen - an illness she also battled - that she decided to become a nurse. She was so inspired by the young nurse who was quarantined in the family home that she decided to enter the profession. She moved to Ann Arbor after high school and entered the U of M School of Nursing. After a few weeks of training, the student nurses were placed in the wards, serving as nurses' aides. They did not pay any tuition. She attended classes and worked year-round for three years, with only two weeks off in the summer and two weeks at Christmas. She received her R.N. degree in 1940. While at the U of M, she met Fred Barnum, an engineering student from New York State. After a brief courtship, they were married April 5, 1941. After raising their children, she took a refresher course at U of M Hospital and went back to work there; then at Beyer Memorial Hospital. She also volunteered at Red Cross blood drives in Ypsilanti. She was a longtime resident of Ypsilanti, where she and Fred were devoted and active members of the First Baptist Church. They were also devoted to each other. Fred died in 1993. For the past 8-1/2 years, Gertrude made her home at University Living in Ann Arbor. The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated, loving staff there. Gertrude will be missed for her many hugs, sense of humor, generosity and selfless deeds of kindness. Surviving are: her brother, Lewis Rider of Shelby; her sister, Ann Woods of Spring, TX; daughters, Nancy (Bob) Langeneckert of Canton and Sally Adams of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Sandra (Brad Upham) Langeneckert of Chicago and Sharon (Alan Mafara) Langeneckert of Chandler, AZ; and three great grandchildren. A celebration of Gertrude's life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti at a date to be announced.
Family links: 
  Frederick Robb Barnum (1911 - 1993)
Created by: Janice McCoy
Record added: Jul 18, 2011
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