Audrey Schatzel

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Audrey Schatzel
Oct. 10, 1919 - May 20, 2011

Audrey M. (Bramlet) Schatzel passed away at age 91, on Friday, May 20, 2011, at Kennewick Life Care Center in Kennewick. She leaves behind many who loved her dearly, including her three children, Henry Schatzel (wife Audrey) of Moyie Springs, Idaho, Jeanne Hayes (Brady) of Calgary, Alberta, and Suzanne Niemeyer (Jim) of Richland. She also leaves one surviving brother, Ivan Bramlet in Chino Valley, Ariz.; her grandchildren are Bob Schatzel (Laura) with daughters Rebecca and Sara of Walla Walla, Brian (Linda) Schatzel of Eureka, Mont., Jennifer (Rob) Marks with children Cordell Sicotte, Jordan Sicotte, Eric Marks and Alexis Marks of Caley, Alberta, Erica Glassford (John) with children Dustin Tolhurst, Grayce Glassford and Tye Glassford of Okotoks, Alberta, Ryan (Jennifer) Niemeyer with children Evan and Claire of Portland and Casey (Paul) Thomas with their sons Elliott and Oliver of Perth, Western Australia. Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, John; and son, Robert (Bob) Schatzel; parents, William and Mary (Kenneda) Bramlet; and brothers, Francis, Clayton, Albert and Ralph; and sisters, Ida Bishop (Ralph), Ella as a child, and Wilma as a child.

Audrey was born Oct. 10, 1919, in Walla Walla. She grew up in the Blue Mountains and loved the outdoors. She loved the simple things in life, like going for rides up Mill Creek. She loved looking at all of the baby animals in the spring and just looking for wildlife. Spring, summer, winter and fall she always found something new and exciting to look at. She lived for her family and always put them first. She was an awesome, fun Mom and Gramma. Some of our fondest memories were of her taking the grandchildren to Pioneer Park to feed the ducks, going on picnics at Rooks Park, watching them sled down the hill in Pioneer Park (where she would sled with her own children in her younger years), going to Milton-Freewater to buy fresh fruit and then stopping on the way home for a piece of pie at Gramma's favorite little caf. She had a very creative imagination and would make up wonderful stories for the grandchildren. Some of them are quite certain that she is singing and dancing with the fairies and gnomes right now. We were so very lucky to have her. Audrey worked at the Country Store for many years and enjoyed a long retirement.

The graveside funeral service will be held on Friday, May 27, at 11 a.m., at Mountain View Cemetery with the Rev. Joel Ley officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, WA.

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