Audrey Latare, Oxford Junction, IA, died peacefully Sunday, January 30, 2022, surrounded by her family at the Prairie Hills Center, Independence, IA. Mom is reunited with Dad in the most beautiful place. Her memory is restored, sharper than ever. They are enjoying a waltz - with Mom being the lead!
A memorial service will be at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Oxford Junction, on Saturday, February 5 at 11:30 am. Visitation is prior to the service from 9:00 – 11:00 am. Burial follows at the Mayflower Cemetery.
Audrey was born October 9, 1931, to Fred and Lucille (Leinbaugh) Wagner. She graduated from Lost Nation High School in 1949. Later that year, she met the ‘love of her life,’ a sailor man, Merlin Latare. They were married on July 29, 1950.
Audrey was active in the community, St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Legion Auxiliary and Homemakers. For many years, she and a friend, published the Sunday bulletin. She was a Luther League sponsor and member of the Ruth Circle. She wrote skits to honor Gold Star Mothers for the Legion Auxiliary.
Audrey was gifted creatively in numerous ways. She decorated amazing birthday cakes for her grandchildren. Many people enjoyed her humorous story poem gifts she wrote for special celebrations. Along with two friends, Audrey started Maitre D’ames Catering. When her husband retired from farming, they built ‘The Galley’ as the kitchen serving thousands of families, couples and businesses until her retirement in 2009. In her spare time, she loved her flower gardens, turning an over-grown yard into beautiful islands of flowers and ornamental trees. Audrey was a loving wife, mom and grandma, giving her all to family and friends. Her grandchildren remember the fun times on the farm, special trips and ‘catering jobs’ they shared with Gramps and Gram.
Those left to cherish her memory are three daughters: Kris (Dick) Kroll, Florida; Kerri (Jay) Carson, Troy Mills; Karm (Jeff) Williams, Delhi. Her five grandchildren: Dan (Jen) Carson, Mitch (Alissa) Carson, Eric (Jessy) Williams, Brett (Lindsey) Williams, Erin (Cameron) Luedtke. Great-Grandchildren: Haley and Kenna Williams; Sage Williams; Wyatt and Beau Carson; Audrey Grace Carson; and Calvin, Isaac and Savannah Pfab. Also, surviving is brother-in-law Ron Brinkman, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents, 2 brothers-in-law and 2 sisters-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, memorials and cards of condolences may be directed to Dawson Funeral Services Attn: Audrey Latare Family, PO Box 258 Wyoming, Iowa 52362.
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