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Audrey Arlene Simons
On Saturday, September 22, 2018, Audrey Arlene Simons, loving wife and mother, passed away at home at the age of 80.
Audrey was born July 10, 1938 in Centralia, Washington to Burle and Gertrude Morris of Mossyrock, WA. She graduated from Mossyrock High School in 1956 and went on to earn a nursing degree from Clark College. In 1956, Audrey married the love of her life, Edward Shaver Simons. Audrey joined Ed in Hawaii while he served in the United States Marine Corps. While in Hawaii, Audrey worked at the Naval Exchange in Pearl Harbor. The two spent an extended honeymoon frolicking on the beaches and soaking up the sun. During her three years in Hawaii, Audrey developed a love of ethnic cuisine which she passed on to her children and enjoyed the rest of her life. Upon returning to the states, Audrey and Ed bought a farm in Onalaska and raised two children, Eddie and Karen. The farm remains in the family today. For several years, Audrey moved around the state of Washington as Ed pursued his college degrees and took a variety of coaching positions. Audrey was an incredible and loving registered nurse in Mount Vernon, Puyallup, Morton, Chehalis and later, Twin Falls, Idaho. Many of her former patients often recall the wonderful care they received from her.
Audrey had a passion for crocheting, knitting and football. She crocheted and knitted countless afghans, tablecloths, and clothing items for her children, grandchildren and friends. She had a knack for figuring out even the most difficult patterns. In addition, Audrey was a fervent football fan. She especially enjoyed her time as a high school statistician in Sedro Woolley and Onalaska. She was loved by the players and feared by the officials. A truly sharp observer, Audrey never missed a bad call, nor the opportunity to explain the bad call to the offending referee. Audrey was also the family medical advisor. If anyone had a medical question, the first person they called was Audrey. She loved to help others and she was never wrong in her diagnoses. She’d worked in the medical profession so long that she’d seen it all, had been involved in it all, and was a gifted healer. Her patients and family loved her because she was honest and upfront with her observations.
Audrey is survived by her husband of 62 years, Edward; her son, Edward III (Karen) Simons of North Pole, Alaska; her daughter, Karen (Eric) Rains of Onalaska; five grandchildren, Kim Simons of North Pole, Alaska; James Simons of North Pole, Alaska; Sara (Brady) Reed, of Onalaska; Rebecca Rains, of Glendale, Arizona; Alec (Brittnee) Rains of Centralia; and four great-grandchildren: Hunter & Lexi Simons, Ethan Welch and August Reed. Audrey also leaves behind her sister, Sandra Walker of Morton; two brothers, Tim Morris of Mossyrock, and John Morris of Arizona, plus numerous nieces and nephews who all knew she meant business when she told them they better behave at family gatherings. Audrey is preceded in death by her parents and infant daughters.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the family farm, 159 Shanklin Road, Onalaska on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 from 1 to 5 p.m.