The main purpose of this blog is to give Audrey a posthumous moment in the spotlight by publishing all of her stories here. Many of them are already in my possession, but I hope other stories or letters she might have written will trickle in from family members who find them stored away in closets or attics. I also hope family members will continue to send in their own remembrances of Audrey or their own stories of what it was like to grow up under her care. It's my understanding that there were good days and hard ones. Isn't that what it's like in most families?
Special thanks to the aunts, uncles, and cousins who have already shared with me Grandma Audrey's writings, along with their own observations, photos, and other pieces of family history. I'm especially grateful to my aunt and Audrey's youngest child, Shirley Barclay Rust, who collected her mother's stories with the idea of compiling them into a book, then graciously passed them along to me to publish here instead. It wouldn't even have occurred to me to undertake this endeavor if these generous folks hadn't given me so much to work with.
Thanks to you, too. Audrey always wanted readers, and now you're one of them.