Audrey Marie Holmes
December 31, 1947 - December 23, 2020
Audrey Marie Holmes passed away peacefully the morning of Wednesday December 23, 2020 with the love of her daughter and sister surrounding her.
Audrey was born in Renton, Washington at the old Renton hospital on December 31, 1947 to LaVern and Lois Moltzau. She was the oldest of two daughters. She was a New Year’s baby, and everyone teased her that the world celebrated her on her birthday the day she was born! This indeed couldn’t be truer, she should be celebrated as she was a blessing to everyone she knew.
Audrey grew up in SeaTac, near the SeaTac airport. She attended Tyee High school and met some long life friends throughout her school days, including her two lifelong friends, Cathy and Corky. Audrey spent much of her career as a telephone operator managing the switchboards in Burien for PNB (now AT&T). After retiring with over 30 years of service, she continued her employment at the Boeing operator services off of Airport Way in Seattle. She had so many dear lifelong friends through work, and also helped get several telephone operators on to Boeing after the AT&T office closed down. She spent a lot of time with her late granddaughter, Kayleen Mann. Kayleen kept her busy when she was young calling her “grandma bubbles” and would keep her busy throughout the weekends and enjoy trips to grandpa’s and grandma’s house. They had a very close connection as she did with most everyone she met. She was supportive to Kayleen through her childhood, and grew even closer to her throughout Kayleen’s battle with cancer.
Audrey moved to NE Tacoma in 2013, where she was a member of Light of Christ Lutheran Church and she could always be found volunteering in the church garden each week with her favorite church ladies. She also attended the ladies bible study and enjoyed all of the women she could share her strong faith with. She also for years participated in the senior center walking group out of Federal Way where she met so many more friends and got to see so many hiking paths over her years. She even pushed herself after her cancer diagnoses in 2016 and kept hiking and walking one of her main hobbies. One of her favorite hikes was a hike called “Federation Forest” state park. Over the years of various cancer health issues, she participated in a group called Cancer Lifeline in Renton where there, she would share stories with other survivors battling cancer and always had the positive attitude no matter what she faced. She supported Valerie with her busy traveling to Alaska for work and was a very dedicated mother that one could never forget. She traveled throughout the years with her sister to Boston, road trips to Minnesota and even got to travel to Norway to find ancestor names. She loved a good game of Chinese Checkers and always seemed to win each time.
Audrey was an inspiration to all, battling 6 cancers over 28 years. She was told by many she’s a “tough cookie” and she smiled each time we reminded her of that. A coworker of Valerie got her boxing gloves in November and she proudly put them on to show how much of a fighter she was. Through her last year of battling cancer, Valerie would read her Portals of Prayers nearly every night reminding her of the deep love God had for her during her journey and she would always comment after each story that she knew God had a plan for her. Even on some of the worst days, she’d still go out for a walk and push herself rain or shine. She battled her cancer courageously each time, never complaining or asking “why me?” Her faith grew over the last year when diagnosed with lung cancer. She held her head high with each treatment she faced and never doubted the love and support surrounding her from family and friends. Valerie would always comment, how many more feet can these support, love and inspirational cards grow with all the people thinking and caring for her. Needless to say she had hundreds of cards over the last few years with the love, support and encouragement being sent her way. Over the last month of her battling cancer, she would often say “I love people and I love life.” The day before she passed away, Valerie reminded her that she was always an inspiration to everyone and that she was never alone through all of the treatments, appointments and hospitalizations and although COVID prevented us from seeing her through the last week, she knew she was greatly loved at all times. She was a survivor and everyone loved her to pieces. She was definitely quite a gal.
She will be so very missed by her daughter Valerie, sister Roxann, cousins and SO many close friends from church and from the activities she kept busy with. She was our true survivor and I think we can all know in our hearts she kept her faith and knew her path when God called her home. We want to thank everyone so much for the love, support, and encouragement over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Light of Christ Lutheran Church Community Garden (https://www.lightofchristgarden.or
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