Cornelia Trotter

September 16, 1920 — September 14, 2019

Cornelia Trotter

Cornelia "Connie" Helen Trotter was born on September 16, 1920 in Passaic, New Jersey and passed peacefully from this life on September 14, 2019 in Bryan, Texas. She grew up during the Great Depression with her older brother William and her mother, an immigrant from The Netherlands, and her father, William, a veteran of World War I. After graduating from high school, she worked as a payroll clerk at a printing company in New Jersey and helped support the family during tough times, particularly important after her father died when she was 21. She married James Trotter, a veteran of World War II and member of the Army Reserves, in 1946. Soon afterward she gave birth to two girls, Nancy and Jane, and assumed her life as homemaker and eternal perfectionist. Connie mastered the art of taking care of her family with dedication and an elegance and flair recognized by all who encountered her. As the girls grew older, Connie took up crafts. Her end products from knitting, tatting, cross stitch, ceramics and needlepoint always looked as if they were professionally produced. She took great joy in creating these things to gift to family and friends. In later years she became a member of Forest Hills Field Club and became an avid golfer. Her proudest moment was winning the Crystal Putter Tournament. After her husband died of cancer in 1981, Connie flourished with a group of lady friends from the golf club. Lunches, golf games, bowling leagues and traveling to Nova Scotia, Italy and the Netherlands, including to Oudorp, where her maternal family originated, filled her days in addition to the time she spent with her grandchildren and enjoying their participation in various activities. She was a dedicated member of Athenia Reformed Church in Clifton, New Jersey. Independent and resourceful, she maintained and lived in the same house she and her husband purchased post war from 1947 until 2015 when, at age 95, she moved to Bryan, Texas to live with her daughter.

Connie is survived by her two daughters, Nancy (husband Charlie) and Jane (widow of Chuck), three grandchildren, Christy (husband Chris), Kimberly (husband Steve), and James (wife Chelsea) and two great grandchildren, Olivia and Christian, and a third great grandchild due in December.

Connie will be remembered for her loving hugs, soft voice, gentle heart and generous soul.

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