Audrey Deckard, 81, of Ridgeway, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at her residence with her family by her side.
She was born in McGuffey on March 4, 1933, to the late Chance and Elsie Black Vermillion.
On June 19, 1954, she married Charles “Dwight” Deckard of Ridgeway and he survives, along with two daughters, Debra Deckard-Clay of Somerville and Denise (Douglas) Ramsey of Ridgeway; grandchildren, Demaris Ramsey of Bellbrook, Denver Ramsey of Norwalk and Taylor (fiancé Johnny Merkle) Clay of Somerville; her sister, Dorothy (Allen) Hale of Ridgeway; her sister-in-law, Ina (Kenneth) Vermillion of Bellefontaine; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Roger Clay; her brothers, Kenneth, George and Edward Vermillion; her sisters, Pauline Calvert, Marjorie Hosack, Doris Vermillion and Elva Mae Vermillion; and in-laws, Tina and Lena (Tschudy) Deckard.
Audrey attended McGuffey Schools and graduated in 1951 from Alger High School, where she was a majorette in the marching band.
She was employed at Essex Wire in Kenton. In 1991, she retired after 28 years, from Ridgemont High School as a cook, where she enjoyed cooking for the students and teachers.
Audrey enjoyed supporting and attending her children’s activities throughout their school years. Her favorite pastimes were sewing, gardening and visiting with her neighbors. In her later years, she enjoyed shopping on QVC, Big Bang Theory and watching the Ohio State Buckeyes. Her favorite holiday was Christmas when she enjoyed baking cookies and candy to share with friends and family
Her most precious moments were spending time with her grandchildren. She not only taught them how to cook but also life lessons that will continue to be an inspiration to them. To her family, she was a loving wife and mother. To all that knew her, she will be remembered for her laughter and the stories she shared.
Audrey’s beautiful spirit, generous heart, inspiration, her strength and lifetime of love will be greatly missed.
The Rev. Kevin Hall officiates a funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, at Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home, Kenton, where visitation is from from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Burial is in Fairview-McDonald Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association and/or Universal Home Health and Hospice.
Condolences may be made at www.coldrencrates.com.