The Heroines

Trudy Jean Kittelson

is honored with a Brick from Closest Friends '2000

 Trudy Jean Kittelson

As the daughter of Winfield parents and the oldest of six children, Trudy Kittelson has always known what hard work is. Living on a farm and growing up in a one-room schoolhouse taught her discipline and gave her a sense of pride. After graduating from Winfield High School, Trudy became a "beauty operator," as it was called then, and became very successful, eventually owning her own salon in Derby. However, becoming a proprietor and raising two beautiful children were not enough for Trudy.

While rearing two teenagers and a grandson, Trudy received her Bachelor of General Studies/Marketing degree at Wichita State University in 1991. In that same year she joined Sweet Adelines International as a bass and made use of her degree with her appointment as public relations chairwoman. She was also on the board of directors, served as off board chair for Region #7, and represented Sweet Adelines International with the Wichita Chamber of Commerce.

Trudy has been an upstanding member of Soroptimist International, serving as secretary and president. She aggressively promoted their new philanthropic program, domestic violence, to eliminate spousal abuse. Since becoming a resident of Derby, Trudy has not only been an active member of the Derby Chamber of Commerce, but has also joined several chamber committees including Military Affairs, Derby Days, Ways and Means, Annual Vehicle Giveaway, and the Annual Auction. Trudy eventually moved her salon into her newly decorated basement and became an advisor for Joico International Inc., a consultant for BeautiControl Cosmetics, and a marketing representative of hair care and makeup products.

Trudy is out of basement but still enjoys being a "hair stylist," and often visits the homes of her older clients of 20 or so years. "It gives me great satisfaction knowing I can make a difference in someone's life," Trudy often says.

Trudy Kittelson truly follows George Elliott's words -- "It's never too late to become the person you thought you would be." Faith, her family, including a daughter working in Derby who has two beautiful children and a son who also works in Derby, and friends are her sources of life. Working hard, loving many, helping all - Trudy has had not a life of milestones but a journey of marvelous moments shared with all.

Submitted by her "Closest Friends"

October 24, 2000