JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Trudye Margaret Weaks Blackard, 68, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., passed away peacefully on Friday, May 18, 2012, at St. Vincent's hospital with her daughter at her side.
Born Sept. 15, 1943, in Sikeston, she was the daughter of the late Robert H. "Jake" and Marie Dickerman Weaks.
She is survived by: her daughter, Blair Calhoun Blackard of Seattle; her brother, Gary Weaks, and his wife, Carol, of Atlanta and their daughter, Jessica; and many, many friends.
She attended The University of Mississippi at Oxford where she was the social chairman of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was known as a "Campus Cutie" and was voted as one of the best dressed in the class superlatives for both her sophomore and junior years. Upon leaving Ole Miss where she majored in retailing, Trudye moved to Memphis, Tenn. There she modeled extensively and worked as an advertising copy writer and fashion youth coordinator for Levy's. In 1969, Trudye was named tour manager for the Maid of Cotton and traveled around the world for the National Cotton Council.
Trudye graduated from The University of North Florida. She retired from the Duval County Public School System after teaching fashion marketing and diversified cooperative training for 13 years at Ed White High School, where she was selected "Teacher of the Year" for 1981-82, and 11 years at N.B. Forrest High School, where she was named "Teacher of the Year" for 1997-98. Trudye loved children and teaching. She was also a librarian's assistant at St. Mark's Episcopal Day School, a college guidance counselor at Episcopal High School and a kindergarten assistant. Later in her career, Trudye became a licensed realtor and worked for Watson Realty and Assist2Sell Middlekauff Realty. Her latest joys were caring for others and working at The Cummer Museum and Gardens.
Trudye was a Christian and loved the Lord deeply. She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and a frequent visitor at First Presbyterian Church. She served on the Wolfson Children's Hospital Women's Board, participated in Leadership Jacksonville, and was active in the Junior League of Jacksonville from 1974--2009.
Trudye had a vibrant, generous and loving heart and a beautiful soul. She was gifted in decorating and had a flair for fashion. She was a wonderful mother and an enthusiastic and encouraging friend with a delightful sense of humor. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Services were conducted May 23 at the First Presbyterian Church.
The Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel in Jacksonville was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent at: www.Hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com
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