Trudy Lyn (Perkes) Roos (75) passed away peacefully with her family at her side on October 12, 2023, after a year’s long battle with dementia.
Trudy was born on May 8, 1948, to Eldon Cleon & Erma Lucille (Walton) Perkes in Blackfoot, Idaho. She spent her younger years helping on the family farm in Moreland, Idaho as the fourth of seven daughters. Trudy was a quiet thoughtful child who climbed trees to read, danced in the barn and loved playing card games with “Mother”.
Trudy graduated from Snake River High School in 1966 where she got straight A’s in Math but hated Gym class. She went on to study Mathematics and Business at Ricks College, graduating with an associate degree on May 10, 1968. Three weeks before graduation, Trudy married Charles Vinn Roos in the Idaho Falls Temple on April 19, 1968. They moved to Salt Lake City while Vinn attended the University of Utah and later moved to West Valley City where they lived for over 40 years.
Trudy was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many callings including Young Women’s President, Scouts, and Primary President. Her favorite callings were in Primary, and she loved the primary song “I am a Child of God”. In later years, she spent many hours indexing for the Family Search Center. She was grateful for her testimony experiences, and the friends she gained through church service. Her faith gave her great strength and comfort through many trying times caused by her daughters, according to her sons.
Trudy worked for the Granite School District as an Elementary School lunch and recess attendant and a truant bounty hunter for Kennedy Junior High. She also helped her husband with his newspaper route every morning. She could roll a newspaper faster than anybody else.
After retirement, Trudy and Vinn traveled extensively, visiting 31 states and numerous National Parks. Trudy also loved the trips with her children and grandchildren to Disneyland, Hawaii, and San Francisco. Her favorite adventures were long road trips where she navigated with a paper map, an entire loaf of toasted bread for snacks and was master of distributing the mini chocolate donuts. She preferred traveling off the beaten path, exploring back roads and small towns. She collected wooden boxes, tokens, smashed pennies, stuffed animals, and rocks to remember her adventures.
She loved to read and acquired a personal library of hundreds of books. In her youth, her favorite book series were the Trixie Belden girl detective mysteries. As an adult, she liked romance murder mystery novels with sexy men on the cover. She loved playing card games, Sudoku and watching M*A*S*H. Trudy was very competitive and learned “there is no crying in card games” from her Mother, a passion she passed along to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed watching and playing sports, rarely missing a Hunter High School Football game.
While the dementia was creeping in, she loved two dogs. Trudy enjoyed taking them on walks, one at a time, and taking them for car rides around the neighborhood, long after she probably should have stopped driving. The dogs did not ask her questions, or what she could remember, and they always knew the way home. Trudy especially loved her cats; Squeaky, Tiny Winy, and Squatty all of whom had a place on the family birthday calendar and are buried in the backyard.
Trudy is survived by her husband of 55 years Charles Vinn Roos, and their 6 children Kylie Charles (Clara) Roos, Michelle Lyn Roos, Kimberly Kay (David) Buck, Rick Eldon (Jennie) Roos, Rebecca Ann Morgan, Natalie Lyn (Jacob) MuTchLer; 19 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; as well as five sisters; Tera Lee Crumley, Saundra Hamm, Debra Jo Goodwin, Pamela Anderson & Mona Sue Schmidt. She was predeceased by her parents, Eldon & Erma Perkes, and her sister Sharon Rae Loveland.
The Family would like to thank the amazing people of Chancellor Gardens Memory Care as well as Applegate Hospice for taking such great care of our mom for the last 9 months. Trudy was treated like family and enjoyed many unforgettable moments with the other “inmates” that we will always cherish. We will be forever grateful.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday October 17, 2023, at 11:00 am at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary 1867 N Fairfield Rd, Layton Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the service Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment will immediately follow at Salt Lake City Cemetery.