Trudi Irene Larrison was born Trudi Irene Brown to Paul and Iolene Brown on Feb. 28, 1947, in Los Angeles, Calif., and was the youngest of three daughters. She was blessed with very creative artistic and musical talents, able to play the flute by ear beautifully. She graduated from Morningside High School in Inglewood, Calif., in 1964.
Trudi later became trained and certified as an EKG tech where she met a co-worker who testified of Jesus Christ to her and gave Trudi a Bible which she obviously took to heart! She understood the gospel message readily and acknowledged her personal sins as put on Christ Jesus, thus allowing Jesus’ death to pay the penalty FOR HER and secured her eternal abode with her LORD and Savior! She would have us all to know and do the same!
As a single mom in 1980, Trudi attended a Singles Retreat hosted by Hope Chapel in Palm Springs where she met Don Larrison. They courted and married in 1982. Thinking ahead to this up and coming union Don recalls Trudi commenting, ”Well, this ought to be interesting!” Now, a mother of four boys, (her three and Don’s one) with her daughter living with her father, and newly married to Don, Trudi Larrison embarked on the adventure of a lifetime.
The family of five “honeymooned” in Carson Valley, Nev., and continued doing so for over a year until Trudi lovingly approached her husband and asked, “Don, are you ever gonna get a job? I’ve never seen you work. Rent is due and we only have $600 to our name.” Trudi’s tender inquiry resulted in a husband willing to work long, hard hours to support his new bride and family until he reached retirement.
In 1986, while a busy stay-at-home mom of four rambunctious boys, both Trudi and Don began a four-year journey at Bethany Bible College, obtaining their C-PAC certification while simultaneously working on their apprenticeship with New Life Recovery Center Santa Cruz. Trudi also became a certified counselor. Though tender-hearted and meek and mild, Trudi was never one to shy away from hard work and responsibility.
Refreshing her soul in the great outdoors since childhood, Trudi continued by taking up most anything to do with water. She took to Don’s love of sailing on his 20 foot catamaran (in dare-devilish ways) as well as equally thrilling feats as jumping off bridges high above the water. She would also embark on the slower pace of floating down rivers with her family and friends and thoroughly enjoyed camping as well.
Trudi also found solace in creating beautiful handmade cards using her craft of stamping. Her labor of love produced stunning and intricate notecards she so generously bestowed upon others with her encouraging words, birthday and holiday greetings, and never missed an opportunity to express her appreciation and gratitude to others.
Trudi absolutely LOVED people and it was never kept secret! This immense love gave way to decades of jail and prison ministries at numerous locations in California, Washington state, and Idaho, where she served side by side with her husband. She also put feet on her pro-life convictions by volunteering at Open Arms Pregnancy Center for a number of years. Many women hold a deep debt of gratitude in their hearts for Trudi Larrison.
Plants and animals were also the recipients of her love and devotion as she was an avid gardener and doted on all her pets throughout her lifetime. She loved surrounding herself with beautiful things. Her own unique inner and outward beauty will be treasured by many for years to come.
Trudi is survived by her husband, Don, of 39 years; her sisters Vicki Brown Blankenship and Bonnie Brown Prickett; her children Robert and Debbie Wells-Flanders, Charlie Withnell, Jesse and Ammie Withnell, Jed and Julie Larrison, and Donnie and Kathleen Larrison; her grandchildren Karleigh, Kaitlin, Courtney, Kenna, Caressa, Jesse, Rylee, Kylah, Austin, Kevin, Bryson, and Brookanna as well as dozens of great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Trudi was loved by all who knew her. Kind and loving, she demonstrated Christ’s love to all she met. She was instant in prayer for the needs of others and so much fun to be with. In beautiful bold type across her bedroom mirror were the words, “Worry about nothing, Pray about everything.”
God’s work on Earth through Trudi Larrison was finished on Aug. 5, 2021, at the age of 74. Those who knew her and her Lord can surely imagine Him greeting Trudi with those amazing words, “Well done thou good and faithful servant ... enter thou into the joy of thy Lord”.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, at the Altar Church, 901 E. Best Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Streaming will be available through The Altar Church website.