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In Memory of

Gertrude Rice

February 26, 1941 - January 16, 2018

Obituary


Gertrude Woods Rice, or as some of you may have known her as "Trudy" but my favorite Wildrice1@myway.com was born in Saline Louisiana to Themous Woods and Pereace Woods. At the age of four, she moved to Oregon. Gertrude attended Boise Elementary, was a proud Demo at Thomas Jefferson High School and went on to graduate from Portland Community College in 1968 as one of the first black women to earn an Associate's Degree in nursing. 
   
Gertrude started her career at Holladay Park as an RN where she was the lead nurse in the Psych and Medical...

Gertrude Woods Rice, or as some of you may have known her as "Trudy" but my favorite Wildrice1@myway.com was born in Saline Louisiana to Themous Woods and Pereace Woods. At the age of four, she moved to Oregon. Gertrude attended Boise Elementary, was a proud Demo at Thomas Jefferson High School and went on to graduate from Portland Community College in 1968 as one of the first black women to earn an Associate's Degree in nursing. 
   
Gertrude started her career at Holladay Park as an RN where she was the lead nurse in the Psych and Medical Surgery Unit. While working at Holladay Park, Gertrude was also a part of the Portland School District serving as the Health Coordinator for Early Childhood Education. Gertrude then worked for the Oregon State Health Division in the office of Health and Facility Services all while raising her five children; Katheryn, Kenny, Kimberly, Keith, and Kelvin, who she loved dearly. In 1984, Gertrude carried on her title as advice nurse and team lead; also, a member of the Cultural Diversity Council at Kaiser Permanente NW. Gertrude received a National Diversity Champion Award from the Kaiser Foundation and was the "who's who" in nursing leading up to her retirement in 2004.
   
Gertrude was no stranger to spreading her passion for giving by doing volunteer work at the Pediatric Clinic, Cancer Society, the Oregon Partnership for Cancer Control and the African American Health Coalition. Outside of her profession, Gertrude enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading/writing as well as music. 
  
Gertrude was the eldest of seven siblings. She is survived by Gertie Woods, Elnetta Williams and Albert Woods, and was preceded in death by Themous Jr. Woods, Thelma Woods, Larry Woods, Ruben Woods.

Gertrude had 13 grandchildren, several great grandchildren amongst a host of nieces/nephews and cousins that she loved unconditionally. Gertrude extended her motherly love to Sean Rice, son of Mr. Harvey Rice in which she was married to for twenty-two joyous years both being proud members of Sharon Seventh Day Adventist Church.
  
In all of Gertrude's success and struggles as a young lady and leading up to her passing, she would say, "I've come this far by faith!".