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Audrey M. Gerry
04/08/1928 — 04/12/2010
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Maltby, WA
Audrey M. Gerry
Audrey Gerry, 82, passed away peacefully, April 12, 2010, at her home in Richland.
Born on a farm in Maltby, Washington, April 8, 1928, she moved to Seattle as a young girl with her family, and was a member of the last graduating class of Broadway High School in Seattle. She met her future husband, Bill Gerry, on a blind date. They married June 11, 1948.
In 1951 Audrey and Bill moved to Richland. She spent most of her adult life in Richland raising her family, performing volunteer work for the PTA and YWCA, and working part time as a school secretary in the Richland School District. She and Bill returned to the Puget Sound area in 1971 and came back to the Tri-Cities in 1994 to be closer to family. She attended Richland Alliance Church.
She is survived by three children, daughter Mina Jo Gerry Payson Dave and sons William Bill Gerry Cheryl and Brent Gerry Denise; by six grandchildren: Amy and Adam Payson, Justin Jo and Ryanne Gerry, and Daisha Gerry Jensen Mark and Danielle Gerry; and four great-grandchildren, Wilson and Davis Gerry and Tyce and Kaze Jensen. In addition, she leaves behind her brother Ralph Brown Jean and their three children, as well as longtime friend Terry Boswell and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband William Bill Gerry Jr., her mother Josephine Lussier and father Charles Lussier, and numerous relatives on both sides of the family.
Audrey was a charter member of a group of wives and moms who lived in Richland and became inseparable friends. They lived in "alphabet" houses, helped raise each other's kids, took turns gathering at each other's home to socialize for fun and gossip, attended PT A meetings and school functions together, and just generally supported and counted on each other. This group was sometimes called "The Rat Pack."
When the children were young, a favorite way to spend a holiday was camping at the ocean in the family's small travel trailer. Years later, Audrey and Bill hit the road in style in their Alpenlite fifth-wheel trailer, and for several years they lived the lives of snowbirds, spending the winter months in the milder climates of the southwest, and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow travelers. Wherever they ended up on their travels, Audrey made new friends.
Above all, Audrey loved family gatherings. Any excuse to surround herself with her loved ones-holidays, birthdays, more than one kid coming home for the weekend-was cause for celebration. She was the family social director, organizing all the family celebrations.
Funeral services will held on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 11 a.m., at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland. Audrey's family invites you to make a donation in her name to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy, 2108 W. Entiat, Kennewick, WA 99336.
From my first year of college, when I met Mina Jo, it was always a joy to be welcomed by Audrey’s smile and a cup of tea, even as Mina Jo continues to do today when I can get to Richland. Memories of laughter, wisdom and abundant strength of character. Blessings and prayers for all the Gerry extended family as you celebrate a life well-lived, now rewarded at the feet of her Lord Jesus.
Audrey was a great neighbor and friend. I will truly miss her. She was always there for me and we had such fun sharing our ideas about setting up our Christmas houses.
Audrey M. Gerry