Gertrude Elizabeth Duffie
Jan. 30, 1928-Sept. 19, 2017
Palo Alto, CA
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Gertrude was the ninth of 15 children of Cornelius Kingston and Katherine O’Shea. She was born in Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada, and raised near the village of Trout Brook on the Northwest Miramichi River.
After Teacher’s College, she taught school in Black’s Harbour and later married Darrell Duffie in 1951. They settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where they raised four children.
Gertrude was a respected member of the local art community and studied painting under Molly Lamb Boback and Fred Ross. Her oil paintings and tapestries are part of numerous public and private collections throughout Canada. She received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the City of Fredericton in 1986, and an honorary degree from St. Thomas University in 2004.
Starting in the 1990s, she and Darrell wintered in California to spend time with family. After Darrell’s death in 2000, she moved permanently to Palo Alto, where she continued painting occasionally and became an active member of the local duplicate bridge community.
She is survived by four siblings: Cornelius, Kitty, Terry, and Suzanne; by her four children: Frances, Darrell, Jr., Malcolm, and Kingston; daughters-in-law Denise and Elizabeth, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as cousins, in-laws, and friends too numerous to count. She died peacefully surrounded by family.