|Birth: ||Jan. 18, 1902|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 7, 1995|
Born the daughter of Grace Noland and Robert Trussell, my maternal grandmother, Mildred, was born in Charles Town, WV and grew up in Washington D.C. Unable to afford college, Mildred went to work after high school for the U.S. government under Mr. Beckham, starting in the secretarial pool. After being promoted to the tax department, she worked on the case against Al Capone.
She met Bernard Campbell Frye at a local baseball game and was immediately smitten. They were married on June 30, 1925. They moved to Akron, Ohio in 1931 and had three children- Nancy Ellen, Barbara Dabney and Bernard Campbell Jr.
The sun rose and set on my grandfather, as far as my grandmother, who we all called Gran, was concerned. She often talked about how handsome he was and I never heard her say a negative remark about him. He died when Gran was only 57 and she had no interest in another man. She devoted the last 36 years of her life to her family and tracing our family ancestry.
Mildred was active in many genealogical organizations. She was Honorary President General and Recording Secretary General of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She served as an officer in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Dames of the Court of Honor, Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century and Daughter of Colonial Wars. She was a charter member of the Akron Bar Assoc. Auxilliary.
There are not enough hours or pages to tell all of the reasons that I loved, respected and continue to be inspired by Gran. She was smart, witty and totally selfless. I learned to love cooking standing by her side in the kitchen on holidays. Gran was also an amazing seamstress and passed a small piece of that talent to me as well. I will never forget the week in 1968 when I was her page at the general convention of the UDC in Richmond when she was the Recording Secretary General. I vividly recall racing down the grand staircase at the Jefferson Hotel to greet her each day. I would not be on this site, were it not for the volumes of genealogy papers that Gran left to me. I have no idea why, but she thought I would be the one out of eleven grandchildren who would carry on her research. Perhaps it is because I could sit and listen for hours, fascinated by her stories of our family history. Whatever the reason, I hope she is smiling down from heaven knowing her gamble on me finally paid off. She passed at age 93, after a wonderful and full life; cherished by family and friends.
Robert Lee Trussell (1867 - 1940)
Grace Burnett Noland Trussell (1867 - 1951)
Bernard Campbell Frye (1900 - 1959)
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 38, Site 1384
Created by: Dabparis
Record added: Apr 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51490796
Added: Apr. 25, 2010
You are my inspiration to carry on tracing the family history and in so many other ways. I love you and miss you, Gran.|
Added: Apr. 22, 2010