WESLACO, TX. -
Audrey Lorraine Earl, 88, honored mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and community leader, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at her home in Weslaco, Texas.
Raised in Wausau, Wisconsin, with 11 siblings, Mrs. Earl earned both an undergraduate and law degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Significantly, she said, "the practice of law was not at all like the study of law", so she put her legal expertise to use in the field of health care management.
That brought her to the Rio Grande Valley in 1973 where she has spent the last 40 years contributing to her family and to Weslaco. Mrs. Earl served as the Executive Director of John Knox Village for 32 years, retiring in 2005. She skillfully and successfully brought the retirement community through many early changes, culminating in its local, not-for-profit ownership. As facilities and capabilities were added, her dedication and accomplishments were honored by becoming the namesake for the Audrey Earl Health Building (the nursing wing).
During her tenure as Executive Director of John Knox, she also served many roles of service and leadership in the community through membership in Hidalgo County United Way, Texas Assoc. of Homes for the Aging, Knapp Hospital Foundation Board, Weslaco Civil Service Commission, and Weslaco Rotary Club.
She is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Roberta Owens, grandchildren Dr. Sarah Audrey (Dr. Adam) Stone, Samuel Heston Owens, Dorothy Rose Owens, Allen Edward Owens, great-grandchildren Audrey Ildiko Stone and Edward Laszlo Stone, brother Gene Habeck, and other extended family.
A service of Memorial will be held on February 8, 2014, at 6:00 in the evening in the Friendship Hall at John Knox Village in Weslaco, 1300 South Border Avenue. Inquiries can be made at (956) 968-4901.
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Published in Valley Morning Star on Feb. 5, 2014