Edith Grace Trueman


Edith Grace Trueman of Warwick, NY passed away peacefully on April 27, 2021. She was 93 years old.


Born in Brooklyn, NY on May 13, 1927, she was the daughter of John Tolar Reiners and Edith Grace Wheeler. She attended public school and graduated from James Madison High School, Brooklyn, NY. She attended Mills College of Education, an affiliate of Aldephi University, from which she received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.


From an early age, she aspired to be a teacher, and she clearly met that goal. Married to Duncan Trueman in 1948, she taught pre-school in Bayside and Flushing, NY until moving to Bethpage, NY where she taught and became the director of the Levittown Nursery Cooperative School.


In 1955, when Duncan entered the Methodist ministry, she re-located again. Appointed to four churches in rural Sullivan County, NY, theirs became a partnership in ministry. During the tenure of his ministry, she taught in Livingston Manor, NY where Steve entered kindergarten.


Moving once again to Goshen, NY, she taught kindergarten there for 25 years. All together, she taught a total of 30 years doing what she loved. Whether it was in the classroom, the church community or the family, every experience was special.


Not only a teacher and a pastor’s wife, Grace was also a leader.  Active in many organizations and groups relating to children, she was the Vice-President of the National Organization of Migrant Children; a consultant for Head Start programs throughout the state; and President of the Association for the Education of Young Children.  She conducted many workshops and was a voice for children throughout the area.


In later years, she was Aunt Grace, Grandma Grace, Mother Grace to many nieces and nephews and to a host of young people.


Remembering her legacy are her daughter, Anna Trueman of Marin County, CA; her son,  Steven and his wife Joy of Las Vegas, NV; her brother, Rev. Robert Reiners and his wife Elizabeth; and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband Rev. Duncan Trueman; brother, John Tolar Reiners, Jr.; and sisters-in-law, Margaret Reiners and Harriette Hart.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at New Milford Methodist Church, Jockey Hollow Road, New Milford, NY. Interment will follow the service in Warwick Cemetery. Rev. Robert Reiners officiating. 

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Heaven is richer now that Grace is there with Duncan! We met Grace and Duncan not long after I entered the ministry 31 years ago and came to love, respect and became wonderful friends. We spent so many summer days swimming at their pool with our kids. Listening to the stories and sharing prayer with Grace and Duncan are memories we will always cherish. Prayers for all that are mourning the loss of this powerful woman of God.
Rev. Chris and Elizabeth Yount
I'm afraid I did not really know Grace or her late husband, but I know and love Rob and Betty Reiners from when I served churches in Delaware and Greene Counties, and I know the people of the New Milford-Edenville church, since I superintend the District they are in. These people are the reasons why I wish I had known Grace better. The love I saw in the lives of Betty and Rob, and the admiration and love the New Milford-Edenville people had for Grace testify to her character. Her influence extends even to me. I'm sorry for this loss, and I pray people will take comfort in the witness of those whose lives she changed.
Timothy J Riss
Always in my thoughts and prayers, Grace, you will live in my heart forever. Thank you for being my best friend for many years. May you rest in peace eternally 💕
Barbara Nicodemus
I worked with Grace at Goshen when my son was in kindergarten. She was such a sweet lady and I always admired her. May she Rest In Peace
Maureen Mushlit
Your family is in our Prayers. Grace was a loving nurturing soul with empathy for all and a unique way of connecting with young people. I counted her as a friend, confidant and mentor. She will be sorely missed and always remembered by myself, my family and EVERY member of the New Milford/Edenville United Methodist Church. Her legacy will live on.
Nancy McClelland
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