Audrey Williams, our precious wife, mother, grandmother, Grammy, Gram, great-grandmother (G.G.), and great-great grandmother passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in West Jordan on October 8, 2020 at the age of 95 years, 8 months, and 8 days. She was able to express to each and every one of her family, and they in return, the love they had for each other in the last week of her life. For that, we are deeply grateful.
Mom was born on January 30, 1925, in Weiser, Idaho, to John Riley Youngblood and Ethel Sarah Sneed Youngblood. She had 8 brothers and 2 sisters, all who preceded her in death. Many of those siblings lived into their 80s and 90s, but Mom lived to be the oldest.
Mom met Hamer Williams, the love of her life, in Weiser at the roller skating rink in 1940. They were married when she was 17 on May 2, 1942, in Payette, Idaho, and they enjoyed 71 years of life and love together before his passing in 2014. They raised three children: Judy Searle (Don) both deceased; Pat Norton (Jim); and Gary Williams (Joan). Their family grew with the blessings of 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren. Mom was totally involved in the lives of all of these children, and they were a constant joy to her.
Mom was a wonderful homemaker and the best cook imaginable. Her famous strawberry shortcake (with pie crust, of course) was the greatest. We tried to duplicate that crust, but we could only come close. It was the best, as was everything she made. She passed on her wonderful potato salad recipe to us, and it remains a family favorite. She loved cleaning house, playing cards with all of us (until all hours of the night), and cooking and caring for Dad. Family dinners were priceless memories. She loved her Utah Jazz and watching all the NBA games. She knew the names of all the players and coaches (with some favored more than others). Most of her work outside the home was with the Albertsons Corporation.
Mom and Dad were able to spend many years after Dad retired from the airlines vacationing in their motorhome. They spent winters in Las Vegas with the many friends they had met throughout the years – friends from Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and as far away as Pennsylvania. They built lifetime friendships, and they spent time together every year from right after Christmas until April. Oh, the fun they had playing cards, bingo, and, of course, the one-armed bandits. In the summer, they would take the motorhome north to Idaho in June or July for reunions with her family and Dad’s. Some of us joined in those trips to Idaho.
Our family would like to thank all the staff at Legacy House Assisted Living where she lived happily in her cute apartment with security and the friends she met there. Thank you Wendy and Sandy for making Mom’s hair so pretty. Every person there was so kind and loving. Thank you also to Canyons Hospice for the gentle care you gave.
Due to covid restrictions, there will only be a family graveside service on Saturday, October 24th. Please wear a mask.
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