Northwest NEWS

April 1, 2002



Obituary: Gertrude Rose (Jenne) Northup

Born in Dent, Minn., Gertrude was the third child of William and Cecil 'Grace' Jenne and graduated from Fergus Falls High School. She and her husband, Wesley, came west in 1942 with two children. Their third child was born in Seattle.
   Loving mother and homemaker, she often worked alongside her husband, who was a homebuilder for many years in North King County. On their 10-acre Woodinville ranch, they had cattle, horses and she tended 100 egg-laying chickens. For a short time she operated a cafe at Cottage Lake Service. Her specialty was "great" soup. She was also employed by Hillcrest Bakery in Bothell as their counter help; she loved greeting people. She was active in Cottage Lake Presbyterian, where she taught Sunday school and as its superintendent began a "live animal" nativity in the 1950s. She also was a deaconess and served her women's group as president and loved mission work. She was a wedding coordinator and held an after school Good News Club for children for many years.
   After retirement, she and Wesley fled to drier areas: Arizona, California and Ellensburg.
   Following Wesley's death in 1983, she returned to Washington and joined the Kenmore Baptist Church where she was an active volunteer until her health deteriorated. She was instrumental in the addition of a flagpole at her Northwood Apartments building and was active in advocating Kenmore's cityhood.
   She enjoyed baking/cooking, gardening, traveling, helping others and family gatherings.
   In 2000, she entered Lake Vue Gardens Nursing Home in Juanita. The family wishes to thank the loving staff at Lake Vue and Evergreen Hospice.
   Surviving Gertrude are: her three children: Gary Northup of Seattle, Joyce Matson of Bothell, Phyllis Hopkins of Woodinville; eight wonderful grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren; her sistersn Myrtle Brown of Vergas, Minn., Alice Green of Greer, S.C., Lorraine Stai of Conrad, Mont., DonnaLou Kegley of Hales Corner, Wis., and numerous nieces and nephews.
   She will be missed by all who knew her.
   A celebration of Gertrude's life was held March 26 with burial at Cedar Lawns Memorial Gardens in Redmond beside Wesley.
   Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be arranged by calling (425) 489-4039 or made to Evergreen Hospice in her name.