Gertrude E. Workman

June 11, 1914 ‒ October 10, 2013

Fredericktown, Ohio

Gertrude E. Workman, 99, of Fredericktown passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013, at the Ohio Eastern Star Health Care Center. The daughter of Leo and Elizabeth (King) McCoy, and sister of Elmore McCoy, she was born June 11, 1914, in Richwood, Ohio.

She graduated from Richwood H.S. in 1931 and Wilmington College in 1935. While at Wilmington she was chosen May Queen in 1935 and served as president of Delta Omega Theta Sorority. She did her master’s degree work at Ohio State University.

Her teaching career included positions at Reesville, New Carlisle, Green Hills, Upper Arlington, and Fredericktown, Ohio. In 1938 she had the opportunity to teach at the Ramallah Friends School, a Quaker educational peace mission, in Ramallah, Palestine. There she spent a year teaching Palestinian children. She then attained a teaching position in Germany, but World War II was looming, so she returned to America to study at OSU.

While at OSU, Gertrude met her future husband, Ralph Workman. They were married on August 1, 1942, and their marriage lasted 57 years, until Ralph’s death in November 1999. She is survived by her children, Nancy (John) Wagner of Mt. Vernon, Howard Workman of Newark, and David (Sandy) Workman of Sunbury, as well as five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Gertrude had a strong interest in the arts and was a member of the Beethoven Club, College Women’s Club, and Thursday Club. For 22 years she was a member of the board of trustees of the Knox County Symphony; she also served on the board of the Kenyon Festival Theater. As a member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, she sang in the choir for 47 years. She enjoyed playing piano, painting, doing needlepoint, knitting, and dancing. She and Ralph were actively involved in the Knox County Historical Society and the initial restoration of Quarry Chapel.

She accompanied Ralph, an avid hiker, over the hills of Knox County. With their family they hiked the Smoky Mountains and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where at 78 she climbed to the 6,228 foot summit of Mt. Washington’s. She and Ralph were also world travelers. Some of their destinations included Europe, Australia, Bali, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Nepal, and Thailand.

Calling hours will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, OH, where services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18. Burial will follow at the Workman Cemetery, Danville, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fredericktown United Methodist Church or the Friends of Quarry Chapel, P.O. Box 849, Gambier, OH 43022.