Trudy Backstrom Obituary

Trudy L. Backstrom
Trudy L. Backstrom

October 27, 1940 - March 1, 2021
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Pleasant Hill, Iowa
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Trudy Lee Backstrom, age 80, died at her home in Pleasant Hill, Iowa on Monday, March 1, 2021 after her long fight with breast cancer and dementia. She was born October 27, 1940 in Des Moines, Iowa to Frank Davenport & Roena Coleman.

She graduated from Tech High School and then went on to work as a postal clerk at the United States Postal Service from which she retired after 27 years.

Trudy’s was an amazing Mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend. She would do anything for anyone especially if she thought they needed it more than she did. She loved to craft and paint. She taught classes from her basement for years on ceramics and made sure all the kids got to enjoy her passion as well. She was the strongest woman who would look all of her challenges straight on and figure out how she was going to conquer them. There wasn’t anything that could stand in her way.

She is survived by her sons, James (Lisa) Smith, Tony (Shelley) Backstrom, and George (Kim) Backstrom, daughters, Heather (Rick) Crabbs, Heidi (Tom) Backstrom, sisters, Lolly (Larry) Beem, and Carmen Davenport, brother, Terry (Kay) Davenport, 16 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death was her husband, David Backstrom, her father Frank Davenport & mother Roena Coleman, son, Curtis Smith, daughter, Colleen Smith, brother, Frank Davenport, and sister, Frances Marshall.

Trudy’s family will greet friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Grandview Park Funeral Home, 3211 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50317. Her funeral will begin at 11:00 am, Friday at the funeral home, with cremation to follow. Interment at Merle Hay Mausoleum will be at a later date.

The funeral service will be live-streamed on Friday, March 5, 2021 just before 11:00 am from Grandview Park Chapel. A link will be shared on her obituary from the Iles Funeral Homes website

** Livestream link can be found here and will go live at 10:50 AM you can also scroll to the bottom of this page and join the service there**






Merle Hay Mausoleum
4400 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Monday, March 1, 2021
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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Thursday, March 4, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Friday, March 5, 2021
11:00 AM
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