Obituaries detail

Trudy J. Redfern

On Monday, November 18th, 2019, Trudy Jean (Hays) Redfern, loving wife, mother of two children, and grandmother of 7, passed away at the age of 74.  


Trudy was born January 21, 1945 in Peru, NE. to June and Louise (Adams) Hays. She had a long career at State Farm in the Kansas City area as well as attending college classes/ continuing education throughout her adult life On June 20th 1965, she married James William Redfern. They raised two children Mark and Niki. 


Trudy had a passion for working. She helped so many people throughout her career working in claims and then on to the catastrophe team. She enjoyed golfing and could “outdrive most men from their tee”. She was an amazing mom and was involved in every way in her kids lives as they were growing up and certainly continued into their adulthood. Once her grandkids were brought into the world, everything else came second…she attended every event possible for each grandchild and was each one of their “person”. Trudy was helpful, selfless, and generous all of her family including brothers and sisters, in-laws, nieces and nephews, and to be honest anyone who ever needed anything. Trudy was also an animal lover and had crazy abilities to tame things that were “untamable”. She especially loved pigs :)


Trudy was preceded in death by her parents June and Louise Hays, one brother Floyd Hays, one Sister Mary Bowman, mother-in-law Allie Redfern, and granddaughter Charley Hutsler. 


Those left to mourn her passing include her husband Jim Redfern, son Mark and Tracy Redfern, daughter Niki Goodrich, Granddaughters Emma Goodrich, Rachel Redfern, Ava Goodrich, Grandsons Adam Goodrich, Tyler Redfern, Joey Redfern. As well as her brothers Jimmy Hays, John Hays, Paul Hays, her sisters Winnie Haith, Ilene Harmon, Janet Kester, Paula Calhoun, and Janice Giitter. And many nieces and nephews.


A funeral will be held on December 7th at the Baptist Church in Tarkio, Missouri.


Laurel Smith Nov 20 ,2019

Friend ,Webb City ,Missouri

My best friend at State Farm. I’ll always treasure our friendship of crime and chaos. Rest In Peace dear friend.

Jim Goodrich Nov 23 ,2019

I had the honor of knowing Trudy for nearly 28 years, and being her son-in-law for 17 of them. She was tireless in her efforts to make sure everyone with whom she interacted, whether it be family, personally, or professionally, was taken care of. She was an amazing, strong woman who was an excellent role model for her grandchildren, especially her granddaughters. She’ll be missed by many, but not forgotten.

Mark Runyan Nov 23 ,2019

Trudy was truly a wonderful person. She had an amazing personality and sense of humor. Very few people could match her work ethic. She was a friend to all who knew her.

John Burns Nov 24 ,2019

Former State Farm agent ,Olathe ,Kansas

Trudy was the best. She was all about trusting relationships and accountability and realism. As a former State Farm agent I was always glad when Trudy answered the phone because I knew the policyholder would receive prompt service. How can you forget her smile and humor ? Blessings to all her family. We have lost the rarest of gems.

lloyd (L.G.) Weathermon Nov 26 ,2019

high school friend ,lincoln ,Nebraska

Jim & family==so sorry to read of the passing of your wife Trudy=I had never met her but am she was a wonderful person if she was married to you for all those years. sincerely, lloyd weathermon class of 1960

Bonnie Watkins Novy Dec 06 ,2019

Went to school with Jim ,Grand Island ,Nebraska

So sorry to hear about your wife. I am sure you miss her every day. Verl Flack sent me this information. My thoughts and prayers go to you and family.