A. Gertrude Taff

Honored by:Mary T. Watkins
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Alice Gertrude Taff was born in Guthrie County on October 11 1888, daughter of James and Mary Ann Carberry. She attended the schools in Panora Iowa and St. Joseph Academy in Des Moines, Iowa. She married Paul Clifford Taff on June 18, 1913 and moved to Ames where her husband was on the extension staff of Iowa State University.

Gertrude, as she was known, and Paul raised five children, all of whom graduated from Iowa State College. James graduated in 1937, Ann Marie, 1940; Regina, 1941; Mary, 1943; and Marjorie, 1944. She was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Ames and later at St. Thomas Aquinas where she belonged to the Alter and Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters of America.

She was also a member of the Faculty Women's Club, The Tuesday Club and was a member of a number of bridge clubs. She enjoyed golf and the family events at the Ames Golf and Country Club. But most of her time and energy was spent raising and caring for her family since her husband traveled a great deal in his position on the staff. Gertrude died on December 6 1967 at Ames Iowa and is buried at the Ames Municipal Cemetery. She was a beloved wife and mother.

Submitted on 1/24/95