TRUMBLE, Lianna Yvonne - I34584
Lianna Yvonne Trumble SpotlightJoseph Smith Jr. was my 3rd great grandfather. (Alexander Hale Smith, Frederick Alexander Smith, Gladys Inez Smith and my father Charles M Trumble Sr.) I have an older brother and sister, Charles, Jr. & Vicki. As I sit here pondering what I should tell you about “me”, I have decided that I would describe myself as someone who is fascinated by the past but always focused on the future.
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but raised in Raytown, Missouri - a suburb of Kansas City and positioned very close to Independence where my father grew up. My parents lived in many different cities, but they apparently were unable to stay away from home for too long.
I attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City graduating with a degree in English Literature and Composition. I then received my advanced degree and certification in Montessori Education. Growing up in a history-rich area as I did gave me a great love of the events and people that shaped our past. I was also raised in a very close family who valued their heritage strongly. I’ve always been very proud of my dynamic ancestors in both of my parents’ families, and growing up in and around Independence meant that we were always running into some member of the extended Smith family. I loved to sit and listen to my Grandmother Gladys Inez Smith talk about all her Aunts, Uncles, and assorted cousins. I love genealogy, and I am constantly searching my family’s past as well as helping others find their ancestors. I’ve served on the boards of the Westport Historical Society and the Jesse James Farm Home Society and have helped preserve and protect many of the historic cemeteries in the area. I am a member of the Daughters of the British Empire in Kansas(a philanthropic organization which raises funds for long-term care facilities and local charities).
For nearly 40 years I’ve been a Montessori teacher of both pre-school and elementary age children. I now direct a Montessori classroom of about 25 children between the ages of 3 and 8. Our school is a bit different from others because we work directly with the long-term care residents at Truman Medical Center-Lakewood (specifically those suffering from Altzheimer’s). My students show me the future every day, and the “Grandmas” and “Grandpas” that we work with remind me of the value of the past.