Audrey L. McMillan will be buried next to her husband, Vernon McMillan, on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at 2 p.m. in the Sweetwater Cemetery with a graveside service. She died at the age of 93 on Aug. 13, 2010, in the Valley View Nursing Home in Junction City, Kansas, after having been in the care of her daughter Charm Norris and husband Gary.
Audrey was born Sept. 27, 1916, in Roscoe Texas. She attended Littlefield High School, Lubbock Cosmetology School and returned to work in Sweetwater. She married Vernon McMillan Sept. 4, 1943. She worked as a beautician for many years while Vernon was the owner and manager of the Moore-Eidson Grain Company and the Central Wool and Mohair Company. They sold the businesses in 1977, and enjoyed much of their retirement with their recreational van. Vernon died Dec. 28, 1989.
After Vernon's death, Audrey lived for a year with Charm and Gary in Heilsbronn Germany, and enjoyed this opportunity to travel. She returned again to Sweetwater and continued to live there till 1997. In 1998 she moved to a residence alongside the Colorado River below Buchanan Dam and thoroughly enjoyed the lifestyle there. In 2004 she moved to Columbia, South Carolina to live again with Charm and Gary. She moved with them in 2005 to
Stuttgart Germany, then to Heidelberg Germany, and finally in 2008 to Fort Riley Kansas. As her health declined she moved into the Valley View Nursing home in January 2009.
Audrey loved gardening, genealogy and entertaining. She was very active the First Baptist Church, The Eastern Star, and The Daughter's of the American Revolution, The Daughter's of the Colonial Dames, Girl Scout Leader, Future Homemakers of America and the Professional Business Women's Association.
Audrey always did what she thought was right, always said what she thought was true, always tried her hardest and always lived her life honestly and earnestly. Her friends and family are happy that she is now with her soul mate, Vernon, in the presence of God.
Audrey is survived by her daughter, Charm Norris and husband Gary and daughter, Nancy Hughes and husband Robert; and by her sister, Elsie Cahill and husband Ralph; grandchildren, Rachel Fratto, Peter Norris, Bobbie Jo
Robinson, Benny Lanehart, Jesse Lanehart; as well as 11 great-grandchildren, Emma and Ronan Bodisch, Luke Fratto, Ben, Gabe and Sam Norris, Kimberly Kellogg, Christopher, Taylor, Luke and Chase Lanehart.
She is predeceased by her husband, Vernon; a brother, Robert Mack Henderson; four sisters, Doris Torrance, Dorothy Ferguson, Opal Noble and Mary Williford; and granddaughter, Helen Kellogg.
The graveside will be conducted by Chaplain Colonel Gary Norris, United States Army.