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Trudie Prevatt

Oct 27, 2014

Trudie Prevatt died peacefully at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Florida on Thursday, October 23. She was 73 years old. Always active, she was at a painting class at the Arts Alliance when she suffered a stroke on Tuesday, October 14. It was typical of Trudie that she was developing a new love, painting, to complement her many other creative pursuits. She never stopped growing, learning, or embracing new experiences. A Southwest Florida resident since the early 1970s, Trudie was the co-founder and long time owner of Three Crafty Ladies, a quilting and craft supply shop on Sanibel Island, from which she retired in 2009. From her perch on Periwinkle Way, she provided supplies, advice and encouragement to quilters, needleworkers and other crafters throughout the area. Her death leaves a tear in the fabric of the crafts community. Trudie was active in the Sanibel-Captiva chapter of the American Business Women’s Association and was honered as its Woman of the Year in 2002. She had a particular talent for welcoming new members and mentoring younger business women. She was a member of the Sanibel Chamber of Commerce, a supporter of arts and environmental organizations on the Island, and an instigator of “Girls Night Out.” Since her retirement, she has served as a volunteer at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Her love of learning and commitment to doing a good job were reflected in her ongoing research into aspects of the Edison and Ford histories. A former social studies teacher, she never tired of learning more about these two poineers of industry, about the evolution of American technology, and about the history of Southwest Florida. Trudie was born on March 20, 1941, in Springfield New Jersey, to Robert and Trudy Poppendieck. She graduated from Metuchen High School in 1959. She studied at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, graduated from the University of Florida in 1963, and began her teaching career in the Alachua County public schools. She married Banks Prevatt in 1962 and became the mother of Banks Prevatt, Jr in 1970. After a divorce, she lived with her longtime companion, David Thompson until his death in 2008. She is survived by her son, Banks Prevatt, Jr., of Denver Colorado, her sister and brother-in law, Jan Poppendieck and Woody Goldberg, of Brooklyn, NY, her neice, Amanda Goldberg of New York City, and her granddaughter, Juliette Morgan of East Haddam, Connecticut. She was also “GrandmaTru” to David Thompson’s grandchildren, Trent, Jessie, Nick, Kayla, Tafton, Asher and Crispin, and their parents, Jeff and Chris, and Justin and Heidi. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her older sister Carol Poppendieck. Trudie had a great zest for life, a generous spirit, and an extraordinary sence of humor. She was a dedicated friend who will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered. Her family and friends are planning a celebration of her life in early January. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Hope Hospice, or, in Trudie’s inclusive style, your own favorite charity.