Life Story / Obituary
Audrey Brown passed on Oct. 19, 2022. She was born Audrey Bell Wallace on Sept. 8, 1931 in Owendale and raised in Rose City, MI the youngest of four siblings. Growing up during the Great Depression, Audrey helped in the family’s grocery story, dusting shelves and making change for customers almost from the time she could walk, and served as her small town’s papergirl, delivering newspapers and cheery greetings on her bike.
Audrey graduated valedictorian of her class. After attending business school, she took a job at the Michigan Conservation Department, where she met her husband Norm, with whom she raised a family and had an interesting and adventurous 65 years full of love and laughter. She and Norm delighted in meeting new people from different cultures and all walks of life on their travels and many moves, including two eventful years in Africa.
Audrey went to college in her 40’s and became an outstanding teacher (and school librarian), tutoring in a women’s prison and teaching middle and high schoolers. She was a great reader, especially of mysteries, and in her younger years loved to play cards and go out dancing. Known for her wonderful sense of humor and infectious, frequent laugh, Audrey enjoyed life, had a great group of friends and gave to others through volunteer work. She leaves as her legacy a family who not only love each other, but who enjoy each other’s company and laugh a lot.
Her memory is carried on by her children, Cathy (Doug) Carter, Peggy Brown (Bob Cedarbaum) and Paul Brown; grandchildren Lindsay, Erynn and Jackson Carter; Morgan Gustafson; Emily and Jeff Cedarbaum; Gavin, Char and Cameron Brown; her grandchildren’s families; her nieces, friends, and their families.
Charitable donations in her memory may be made to the Talking Book Library, Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686
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