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Audrey B. Downie

1928 - 2016 Audrey Brewster Downie, formerly of Weatogue Road in Ashley Falls passed away on April 3, 2016 at Geer Nursing Home. Audrey was born in Coleraine, Londonderry, Northern Ireland on August 20, 1928 to Sarah Copeland and Woodburn Brewster. Her family came to America when she was ten years old and settled in Mt. Vernon, NY. She attended local schools there and graduated from A.B. Davis High School in 1946. Audrey worked for the NY Telephone Company before moving to the Berkshires in 1955. While living here she worked in secretarial and bookkeeping positions in local banks. She was also the receptionist for Dr. William J. Barnes, for CEVAL; a non-profit organization formed to study the feasibility of hydro-electric pumped storage in Sheffield and was an assistant to the Sheffield Tax Collector for ten years. Audrey also participated in various volunteer efforts: she was secretary for Friends of Bartholomew's Cobble for ten years, she was a charter member of Berkshire County Christian Business & Professional Women where she also served on their board for eleven years and was the Western MA coordinator for Prison Fellowship Angel Tree, which provided Christmas gifts for inmates children for thirteen years. The main focus of Audrey's life was serving Christ, leading women's Bible studies, conducting workshops for women's retreats at Hephzibah Heights in Monterey and New York and speaking engagements in various locations. Audrey also ministered to the residents of Geer Nursing & Rehab in Canaan, CT. for several years with Bible lessons and music. Besides her loving husband John, who she married on July 20, 1963, Audrey is survived by her three sons Bruce Tichenor and his wife Dianna of Cape Elizabeth, ME, Carl Tichenor and his wife Mary Lou of Phoenix, AZ and Ed Tichenor of Lakeland, FL. She also leaves her beloved grandsons Eric Tichenor and his wife Alisha of Grand Rapids, MI, Noel and Ryan Tichenor of Glen Head, NY and Seth Tichenor of Hartford, CT and three great grandchildren Ella, Arwen and Abraham of Grand Rapids, MI. Audrey also leaves her brother Woody Brewster and his wife Evelyn of Ormond Beach, FL and her sister Nancy Daley in England. FUNERAL SERVICE: Calling hours for the late Audrey B. Downie will be held on Friday, April 15th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. at the FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Gt. Barrington, MA. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16th at Greenwoods Community Church in Ashley Falls, MA at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Greenwoods Community Church Mission Fund in care of FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to her family or sign the guestbook please go to www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 7, 2016
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