A Michigan native, Trudy Bell Berry joined the Airforce out of high school. After her enlistment ended, she accompanied her husband to the Philippines where she worked as a Civil Service employee. She worked briefly for a defense department contractor before eventually settling in Lunenburg County. She earned her BS in Sociology from Longwood University in 2001. The mother of five children, she has been active in family and community life, including serving as the treasurer for the Friends of Victoria Public Library and Secretary of the Lunenburg County Chamber of Commerce.