Gertrude Suppe

SUPPE, Gertrude (née Cross). b. Los Angeles, California; 6 November 1911; d. Escondido, California; 3 August 2007. Gertrude Suppe, a translator, transcriber, cataloguer, and promoter of Spanish-language hymnody, was the daughter of William Gray Cross, who worked in public utilities and enjoyed singing, and Florence Cross (née Stratton), a violinist. In addition, her musical family included her grandmother, Susan Stratton, a piano and organ teacher who had taught at Dwight L. Moody*’s conservatory (now the Moody Center) in Northfield, Massachusetts, and was her first piano teacher at five years of age, and a sister, Evelyn, a violist. Gertrude’s other interest was in Spanish, which she began...

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