Audrey Jean Kelly

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AUDREY JEAN (KENNEDY) KELLY
April 29, 1930 ~ September 5, 2017

Audrey was a citizen of the world and enjoyed traveling anywhere at any time. She could pack in one carry-on everything she needed to be gone for two weeks or longer if the adventure was interesting enough. While on her numerous adventures, Audrey enjoyed doing things a bit out of the norm, she has been zip-lining, parasailing, up in a hot air balloon, she bragged about flying in a open cock pit plane, and even after her 82nd birthday couldn't slow her down so she went skydiving. I think the only thing she did not get a chance to do is ride on the back of a motorcycle, but lived a life full of wonderful adventures!
Her life took her from Sacramento, to be raised in San Francisco. Married life took her to Utah, Nevada, northern California, Vancouver, and finally living her last 30 years in Battle Ground, Washington.
Audrey was widowed twice, the father of her 2 children was Max Gilbert "Gil", whom she was married to for 26 years, and then met her second love, Gene Kelly, while working at the sheriff's department. Gene and Audrey enjoy married life for 3 short years. As fate would have it, Audrey found love and laughter in the later years with Hal Millen while responding to a personal ad. For 13 glorious years, Hal and Audrey traveled the world together, and had many fun adventures in his 26 foot travel trailer. Her heart was never the same after Hal passed.
Audrey's beauty shown from the inside. She always beamed when a gentleman noticed her. She was always a lady, and never used any profanity. She loved piano music, live theater, and having company during "wine time". Her Celtic heritage was in every fiber of her being.
Her favorite places to go were Ireland, Scotland, and Hawaii. Audrey loved taking cruises, and tours so she could see over the hedges to view the yards of the residences. When she traveled she would often send the sheriff department a post card and told them to keep working as she was spending her retirement on travel.
Her career path was one of service to the community, first a volunteer dispatcher in a small fire department in northern California, moving to Vancouver she took a job in the court house, then moved to become a deputy sheriff with the Clark County Sheriff's Department. Where she retired after 20 years of service.
Audrey was a kind and loving person
who worked to support her family.
She always saw the good in everyone,
preferring to view the world with hope and love.
While she did not like to cook, she loved to eat a good meal. And fully enjoyed the company and conversation with friends while dining. She liked being part of a group, never one to do things by herself.
Audrey was a true friend, and always had a gentle ear when folks needed to chat, always had a helping hand when someone needed help or encouragement. Her spirit will live on in those who loved her.
Audrey lost the battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She is survived by her children: Jackie Babcock and Michael Gilbert (Roxanne); two grandchildren, Donette Smith and Tim Babcock; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services to be held at Layne's Funeral Home, 16 NE Clark Ave., Tues., Sept. 12 at 2p.m.
Any memorial donations may be sent to the research and cure for Pancreatic Cancer.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.

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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 10, 2017
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