Audrey Jane Meyers passed peacefully into eternal rest on April 17, 2020 at the age of 95. She is survived by loving sons Michael James Meyers (Joan), James Robert Meyers (Susan), Thomas Gregory Meyers (Susan). She is also survived by adoring grandchildren: Matthew Meyers, John Meyers, Christopher Meyers, Katie Meyers, Joseph Meyers, Kathryn Meyers and Gregory Meyers. Other surviving close family members include nieces Valerie Whiteman, Vikki Fischer-Kurth, Barbara Flock, Lisa Woelffer and nephews David DePover and Chuck Woelffer.
Audrey was predeceased by her husband James Joseph Meyers, who passed away on the same date 31 years prior: April 17, 1989. This powerful sign is a testament to their everlasting love and her faith in eternal life. Audrey was also predeceased by her sister Jeanette Salzwedel, nephew George Salzwedel and brother Robert Woelffer.
She was a devoted, caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She spent her life giving all her heart, mind and entire being to her admiring family and friends. Faith and family meant everything to her, and she sure showed it.
Audrey grew up in Watertown, Wisconsin in a happy, but somewhat tough, upbringing. She lost her own mother when she was three and was raised with her sister, brother and cousins by her Aunt Loretta Woelffer Hills. Despite early adversities, Audrey persevered and built a resilient and joyful character. In her early upbringing, she developed a love for singing and playing piano, and that love was evident throughout her entire life. During her teen years, she became a fierce bowling competitor, continuing to take home top prizes well into her eighties. It was in Watertown where she met the love of her life, Jim, in 1945 after his return from the Pacific Theatre in WWII. They married in 1950 and settled in Rockford and then Mount Prospect, Illinois where they started a family.
In 1960, the family moved “out east”, but Audrey never lost her midwestern charm, warmth and occasional accent. She immersed herself in the New Providence community. She was involved in many clubs and organizations over the years, where she often held high officer positions. These clubs included: TWIGS, Cub Scouts as a Den Mother, Pittsford Civic Association, The Towne Club, The City Club, Blue Star and Madison bowling leagues, Catholic Daughters and The Nine Holer’s. Over the last few decades, she was very active with The New Providence Seniors and multiple Bridge Groups and enjoyed attending luncheons at the New Providence Presbyterian Church. She deeply treasured her relationships with other club members and loved bragging about her friendships with them all.
Audrey had many joys in life. She loved to travel and was able to see the world. She spent endless hours beachcombing on LBI, cheering for the Green Bay Packers and she never, ever, missed a good garage sale. She was a master of many hobbies too. She had fun ceramic-making and needle-pointing, but it was her crocheting that has left us with many lasting treasures. Every family member is kept warm by beautiful blankets that she spent hours designing and constructing out of love.
Her love of all creatures, big and small, was a wonder to behold. Her deck was a wildlife preserve, and she ensured they were a well-fed bunch. Cardinals, seagulls and owls were her favorites. She also had many treasured pets over the years, and their love of her was always reciprocated and obvious. Charlie, her parakeet, will miss her attention and “kisses”.
Audrey made every event a party. She loved hosting her family at her seasonally-decorated, warm and welcoming home. The holidays were always her favorite. There were bunnies, baskets and egg hunts on Easter as well as groupings of turkeys, gourds and pumpkins on Thanksgiving. However, without question, Christmas was her favorite. Collections of nativity scenes, angels, Christmas trees, Santa Clauses and snowmen throughout her home had everyone feeling the love. As a tradition, the entire Meyers clan gathered each year on Christmas night where we built a lifetime of beautiful memories.
Perhaps her greatest attribute was her tender and sentimental heart. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary, and the charities that she supported would take a full page to list. She was never shy about shedding a tear, and 99% of the time, these tears were joyful ones. She was love personified. Her lasting wish was that those that she left behind knew that she loved life and was happy until the end. She was grateful for and truly treasured her family and friendships and wanted her loved ones to keep smiling. Her own smile reflected a radiance and beauty that will be forever missed. We love you Mom.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Paul Ippolito Summit Memorial. A private memorial service will be held due to the current public gathering rules, only immediate family members can be physically present. However, for those wishing to participate through live stream, please let one of the Meyers family know and they will provide a web link.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her memory by visiting Audrey’s personalized memorial contribution page at https://inmemof.org/ . Donations will benefit the New Providence EMS and/or St. Jude’s Children Hospital.
To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Audrey Jane Meyers, please visit our Tribute Store.