Farewell Audrey

Post date: May 22, 2011 1:5:39 AM

"Love" was her last word.  Audrey Yoesting passed away today (10/6/2010) at 4:18am.

A poem for Mom’s Remembrance


God saw that she was getting tired

And the cure was not to be,

So He put His arms around her

And whispered “Come With Me.”


With tearful eyes we watched her suffer

And saw her fade away.

Although we loved her dearly,

We could not make her stay.


A golden heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands to rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

He only takes the best.


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                               Psalm 23


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake


Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will feel no evil, for you are with me;

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.





Audrey Fay Yoesting passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, October 6, 2010.  Audrey was born on March 7, 1921 to Robert Arbuckle and Ethel Reitz.  She had four siblings, Edith, Ray, Lester and Eldon.  Audrey was preceded in death by both her parents, all of her siblings and her husband Herman.  Audrey and Herman were married for 55 years before Herman’s death.  She is survived by her four sons and their wives: Richard and Kay of Piedmont, Oklahoma; Robert of Los Angeles, California; Kenneth and Dianne of Heidelberg, Germany; and Ronald and Madeline of Miami, Florida; and 8 grandchildren and 24great grandchildren.


Audrey was the business manager of her husband’s residential construction company in Saginaw, Michigan for 30 years before they both retired and moved to Jensen Beach, Florida. They were raised on adjacent farms in Gladwin County where Audrey at age eight pledged that when she grew up, she was going to marry Herman.  Ten years later they got married.  She and Herman did everything together both at work and at play.   She and Herman were avid bowlers, euchre players, and hunters for pheasant, duck and deer.  However fishing was the hobby for which they are most remembered.  They built a cabin together at the edge of a trout stream in middle of a woods area near Skeels, Michigan.  From there they launched their thousands of fishing trips to include trout fishing on the Cedar River, bass fishing on Island Lake, coho fishing on Lake Michigan, ice fishing for perch on Saginaw Bay and when they moved to Florida, they perfected their craft catching snook off the bridges in Steward, Florida and off the shores of the Indian River and in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean near Stuart and Port St Lucie.


After Herman’s death, Audrey moved to a retirement village in Jensen Beach called the Villa Assumpta. There she continued to enjoy fellowship with her many friends at the Jensen Beach Baptist Church, and other friends at the Villa Assumpta and her euchre club friends in Stuart and Jensen Beach.


During her retirement years Audrey began taking extended vacations in Europe where she would often team up with family members to explore and be fascinated by the many sites in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, England and her Grandfather’s native country of Ireland.


In April 2010, her son Richard and daughter-in-law Kay invited Audrey to live with them in their lake side country home in Piedmont, Oklahoma.  There she lived out her remaining months enjoying the loving care, and time of rest and leisure prior to her last onset of illness.  She died comfortably at the Logan Medical Center, surrounded by her family who heard her last words:  “I love you.”


Audrey’s asked that she be cremated, and that her ashes be spread at Falcon Lake near the dock at Richard’s house and over the Indian River, off the same pier where her husband Herman’s ashes are lain to rest.


The family will conduct a private memorial at Falcon Lake.  Friends are asked not to send flowers but rather are asked to take time this Sunday and again on Audrey’s birthday, March 7th, to remember her with a prayer and a cheerful thought of some enjoyable experience that they shared with Audrey during her time with us. 

Photo of Audrey with her buddy Stoney