Lu Trump had been a registered nurse for decades when she decided to embark on a new career.
She'd always collected antiques, a hobby that began in the 1950s when someone gave her a gift of apothecary jars. From there, her love for collecting grew to include iron doorstops, dolls, figurines and early American furnishings.
"She used to love to go to garage sales and stuff," said her daughter, Virginia "Ginny" Trumpof Decatur. "Between us, we had over 100 doorstops at one time. She got me started."
In 1965, she and her husband, Guy W. Trump, left Atlanta for New York City. Mr. Trump, who had been dean at Emory's School of Business, had accepted a job as vice president of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
It was at that time that Mrs. Trump, well into her 50s, returned to school to earn an appraisal certification in American art and antiques.
"I was in my college years when she decided it was time to go back to school," said Kathy Bell, a daughter who lives in New York. "She had come to know quite a bit about antiques. She was forever a role model to her daughters."
On Tuesday, Virginia Lucile "Lu" Trumpof Decatur died of natural causes at Hospice Atlanta. She was 91. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Mondayat Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur. A.S. Turner & Sons is in charge of arrangements.
An Ohio native, Mrs. Trump graduated in 1939 with a nursing degree from Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. After career stops in Chicago, New Orleans and other cities, she and her husband moved to Atlanta in 1959.
Here, Mrs. Trump became a registered nurse in Emory University's student infirmary. While she enjoyed antique collecting, she coveted her nursing education and the 30-plus-year career it afforded her.
"She was very proud of the fact that she had received a post-high school education," Mrs. Bell said. "Her father had never graduated from high school so she was proud of the fact that she got to do that."
When her husband retired in 1978, the couple returned to Atlanta. Mrs. Trump started to manage garage and estate sales, often to benefit the Emory University Woman's Club. The organization honored her with its 2004 Achievement Award.
In 1985, a year after her husband died, she became a vendor at the Kudzu Antique Market near the DeKalb Farmers Market in Decatur. A number of set decorations and furnishings that appeared in the movie "Driving Miss Daisy" were leased from her expansive collection.
"She could identify and see her pieces in the movie," Mrs. Bell said. "She was proud of that."
Daughters and relatives were proud of Mrs. Trump, too. She was a breast cancer survivor and also endured a risky back surgery. Doctors had advised against the operation. She elected to proceed with it at the Atlanta Spine Center.
"She had to relearn how to walk," Mrs. Bell said. "She had back surgery in January and I have a photo of her standing upright in mid-March. She never looked backward, always forward."
In 1989, Mrs. Trump's eldest daughter, Kristan Von Trump, died of lupus. Mrs. Trump nourished her daughter's son, Matthew Roskoski. She made him learn how to swim and and made sure he went to church.
"I learned as much from her as I did anybody else," wrote Mr. Roskoski of Rockville, Md., in an e-mail. "I'm proud of the way she led her life and conducted herself."
Additional survivors include two grandsons.
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