Audrey Freeman Ratcliffe
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AGE: 87 • Hilton Head, SC
July 18, 1925 - March 4, 2013
Audrey was a Saint for all of her eighty-seven years on earth; tolerant of all beings and their personal choices. She was a devoted wife to Charles Frederick who pre-deceased her in July, 2004; and a wonderful mother and life-coach to her three adoring children, Bruce Ratcliffe and his wife Donna, of Aiken, SC, David Ratcliffe and his partner Judy, of Wilmington, DE, and Betsy Thompson and her husband David, of Hilton Head, SC.
Audrey was the last survivor of six children born to Laura and Joseph Freeman of Orange, NJ. After her marriage to Fred, they moved to PA, then MI, then NJ; before moving to Hilton Head, SC in March, 2001. Audrey is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.
In addition to teaching her family how to make their ways in life, Audrey enjoyed listening to music, reading, walking, playing bridge, dancing, and watching her beloved Phillies' baseball games. Audrey passed under the watchful, capable, and fond care of the Memory Care Unit staff at NHC-Bluffton, SC and Tidewater Hospice, with her children and their partners at her side. Audrey Freeman Ratcliffe was an inspiration to everyone graced by knowing her. She will truly be missed by all of her family and friends.
A private family service will be held in Merchantville, NJ at a later date. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. www.theislandfuneralhome.com.
Published in Courier-Post on Mar. 5, 2013