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Trina Michelle Duren of Ruskin, Florida passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 1, 2024.  Born on February 11, 1971, and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, she was the cherished daughter of Willie and Judy Gibson.  Trina was primarily a loving stay-at-home mom but this last year and a half she was also a student nutrition team member in the Hillsborough County school system.  Her real passion was for baking and crafting, and you could be sure the greatest pleasure was sharing her creations frequently with her family and friends.  She never saw a Christmas tree she didn’t love or one she didn’t want to decorate. 

Trina and son Matt were frequent visitors of Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where for many years she and Matt have been huge fans of the locomotives run and maintained by the loving train shop staff and engineers who became dear friends.  She was instrumental in nurturing her son’s passion of steam locomotives and loved hearing the sound of the train’s whistle that can be heard far and wide in the Great Smoky Mountains.

On June 24, 2023, she married her high school sweetheart, Matthew Duren.  Everyone, especially her son and family, had never seen her happier or her smile filled with more joy or beauty.  Trina relished her life in Ruskin and could often be found at the beach with her beloved husband basking in the glow of a beautiful sunset.  

In addition to her loving parents and husband, who cherish her memory, are her son, Matthias “Matt” Dotson, sister, Julie Hood and husband Kevin Hood, a host of very loving cousins, and her mother-in-law Deneen Duren, who quickly became a strong and trusting friend as well as giving her a wealth of support.  A celebration of Trina’s life will be held at the family’s home in Ruskin, Florida on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at 3:00 pm.  

The family wishes to acknowledge the heartfelt love and support that we have received during this heavy journey.  For those wishing to express sympathy, please consider donating to your favorite charity in Trina’s name.


  • Lesa Thie
    Posted February 9, 2024 at 3:59 pm

    A beautiful woman . A great friend. You will be missed. ❤️

  • Jill Goddard
    Posted February 9, 2024 at 6:25 pm

    I was so saddened to hear about Trina. I knew Trina in junior high and high school along with her husband Matt. I can still remember camping trips we did all together. I told Matt when they started talking again that they would end up getting married, I was so happy for the two of them. She was a special person to many and the memories of her will be cherished. I am so very sorry for the loss of Trina, she was taken way too soon from us all. I send comforting prayers to Matt, her son, parents, family and friends during this difficult time. Fly high Trina ♥️

    Posted February 14, 2024 at 9:31 am

    February 13, 2024

    Dear Judy, Willie, Julie and Family,
    We can’t imagine the pain you’re felling. Trina was a gift and a special person.
    Please know that we are thinking of you and sending our love.
    Jim , Fran, Angie and Jimmy

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