Erma Lee (Haywood) Audsley passed away 31 October 2011 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 1, at Mount Moriah Terrace Park Funeral Home. There will be a funeral service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Gashland United Presbyterian Church, 8029 N. Oak Tfwy, Kansas City, Mo. followed by interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Dewitt, Carroll County, Missouri.
Erma Lee was born Dec. 25, 1925, in Busby, a rural farming community in west Texas near Sweetwater. After high school graduation, she worked as a Western Union operator in Galveston, New Orleans and Kansas City, where she met her future husband, Joseph F. Audsley, whom she married Sept. 12, 1946.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Everett and Pommie Mae Haywood; sisters, Frances McCullough and Ivy Mae Hurst; and brother Royce Haywood.
She is survived by her husband Joe; son, Larry (wife Donna) Audsley; daughter, Nancy (husband Merle) Davidson; grandchildren, Scott Audsley, Laura Audsley, Daniel Davidson, Mark Davidson; and great-granddaughter, Kyla Davidson.
Lee, as she was known to friends, had a career as a legal secretary in the 1960s and 70s, but home and family were her greatest sources of joy, and she instilled in her own children the importance of maintaining good family relationships. She enjoyed preparing meals for the family, sewing and visiting with friends and family. During their retirement years, Joe and Lee tutored school children through Youth Friends in the North Kansas City School District. Lee was well-suited to volunteer work of this kind as she was naturally gentle and patient with children. She also enjoyed traveling and Joe and Lee made many trips to visit their children and grandchildren in Texas and Arizona.
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