Margaret Carlile 'Trudy' Travis 1921 - 2011 Lawrence
A service of remembrance for Margaret Carlile “Trudy” Travis, 90, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, 1263 N. 1100 Road, Lawrence
She died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Lawrence.
She was born June 27, 1921, in Collinsville, Okla., the daughter of Robert O. and Betty Lou McAfee Carlile.
She grew up in Collinsville and in Coffeyville, graduating from Field Kindley High School and Coffeyville Junior College, winning numerous awards for debate and public speaking.
She had lived in Baltimore and in Waynesville, N.C., and worked in defense plants during World War II. She and her husband moved to Lawrence in 1946.
She was employed by Centron Corporation of Lawrence from 1947 to 1985, where she was a motion-picture scriptwriter and director, working on numerous educational and commercial motion pictures. Many of her pictures for Young America Films pioneered the use of classroom educational films in the 1950s and 1960s. She wrote the script for the film “Leo Beuerman,” which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1970. She retired as Centron’s vice president of creative services.
After retirement, she worked as a volunteer for Kansas Audio Reader, the Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship and Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and enjoyed gardening, homemaking, travel, senior aerobics, and time with her family.
She married Kenneth A. Travis, of Coffeyville, in March of 1941. He preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister, and her son Stewart.
Survivors include two sons, Tyson, of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Kevin, of Westwood; one grandson; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Douglas County Senior Services, Coffeyville Community College or Kansas Audio Reader, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com.