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November 2, 1939 ~ December 2, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Well done thy good and faithful servant Sister Gertrude Fowler (Aunt Trudy) was called to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 2, 2023. Gertrude was born November 2, 1939, the fifth child born to Clarence and Minnie Lee Fowler. Gertrude grew up in the Webberville community, then moved with her family to Utley for a brief period of time before making Bastrop her permanent residency.
From an early age, Gertrude was a member of Paul Quinn A.M.E. Church remaining faithful until her health failed. During her tenure at Paul Quinn, she held many positions, including Sunday School teacher, Church Secretary, Lay President, Usher, Pastor’s Aide, Choir member, and Stewardess.
After graduating from Emile High School Gertrude attended and graduated from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. Gertrude began her teaching career in Liberty and Smithville School Systems before moving to the Bastrop School systems where she was employed for 20 years.
On the SWTexas Lay Organization Sister Fowler served as a past Director of Public Relations producing a quarterly newsletter and as the Treasurer for the Austin Capital District Lay Organization. She chaired the SWTexas Conference lay Organization’s Outstanding Lay Person Committee 2013-2019. She was a recipient of the Conference Outstanding Lay Person Award in 2021.
Gertrude also participated on the Connectional (International) level as a delegate to most of the Biennial (Lay Organization) and General Conference of the A.M.E. Churches 2005-2019.
Sister Fowler is a member of the Bastrop Chapter Grand Court Order of the Calanthe TX, Inc. No. 87. She was also a member of the Bastrop Lioness Club of America.
Sister Fowler loved to travel and would travel with fellow educators or family members in addition she traveled to numerous church conventions that she attended over the years.
Sister Fowler was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Ida Mae Fowler, Otha Lee Fowler DeShay, Baby Rae Fowler, and Clarice Fowler Conner. She leaves to cherish her memories her nephews Charles JaVan Conner and Rodney Ron Conner, other relatives and friends.
Sister Gertrude Fowler made an impact on many lives and will be missed.