In Memory of

Trudy L. Denery

July 18, 1982 - August 17, 2016
Trudy Lynn Denery, the daughter of Jeff and Judy (Smith)Miller and Jeff Carlson was born July 18, 1982 in Sioux City, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in Cherokee where she attended Washington High School. After school, Trudy became a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked many years at the Countryside Estates and Careage Hills Nursing Homes in Cherokee. Trudy was blessed, along with Josh Waterman, to have a beautiful daughter Alexis, who was the light of her life. "Tru Dawg" or "Big Momma", as Trudy was often called, was a very outgoing and fun-loving person who loved everyone. She thoroughly enjoyed caring for the residents at the care center. She enjoyed tubing down the river, rapping music to her friends and family, and attending her nephews sporting events. She was a huge role model to her nieces and nephews. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her daughter Alexis. On Tuesday, August 17, 2016, at age 34, Trudy died unexpectedly following complications from surgery. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Hildegard and Manfred Smith, Sr., and Bernadette Carlson, and uncles, Manfred Smith Jr., James Smith, Robert Hansen and Rick Carlson. She is survived by her daughter Alexis Waterman of Cherokee; her parents, Judy (Jeff) Miller of Cherokee, and Jeff Carlson of Sioux City, IA; a sister, Wendy Faist (Cody Young) and a brother, Steven Smith (Katie Harms) all of Cherokee, IA; her nieces Mariela and Jade Smith; her nephews Tyler, Trevor and Zachary Faist,other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016, at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Pastor Jon Riggert
Steven Smith Cody Young Tyler Faist Trevor Faist Zach Faist Brian Avis Mike Schueder
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 3:00 until 5:00 on Sunday, August 21st. The family will be present at that time.
At a later date.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“ So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to all of you.”
- Terri (Urban) Nelson
Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Prayers be with the family.”
- Mary Morris
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Judy and Family - Sending my sympathy. So very sorry for your loss.”
- Donna Hammond
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Trudy was a great person had a great personality. She was a hard worker and a joy to all”
- Lorie Decatur
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“thoughts an prayers to the family. she was a beautiful soul and will be forever missed. god bless.”
- kelly boggs
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I worked with Trudy at Careage Hills. She was always so kind to the residents, making sure they always looked nice, was always so happy and smiling. She was a bright lite to everyone she met. So sorry for your loss.”
- Ruth Vetter
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Jeff and Judy and Wendy im sorry for your loss. She was a loving outgoing young lady. She will be missed. ”
- Amanda Jordan
Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So sad to hear of Trudy passing .My thoughts and prayers are with her daughter and family. God Bless .Trudy will be missed dearly :(”
- Amy Strahmann
Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I'm sorry to hear for your loss.she was a great person and she will be missed by all that knew her.She is out of pain and with Jesus”
- Melissa A Eberly
Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Deepest sorrow for your loss”
- Mary jo cline
Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“ My deepest sympathies. She will always be remembered.”
- Jess Greene
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