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AUDREY WARRINGTON BEHRENS

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Audrey Warrington Behrens of Elgin Audrey Warrington Behrens, 71, died peacefully at the Heritage Manor in Elgin on Sept. 3, 2011. There is a void in the hearts of many today, for, as one neighbor said "Everyone who knew her, loved her." She was born in Elgin on Sept. 8, 1939, the only daughter of Herbert G. and Juanita I. (Irving) Warrington of Hampshire. She attended public schools and graduated with the Hampshire HIgh School, Class of 1957. An excellent student, she also excelled in GAA sports, especially bowling and was a Whip-pur cheerleader. She was also a gifted musician, winning state honors with the tenor saxophone. Audrey was a member of the local 4H Chapter and the First United Methodist Church. "Aud," as she liked her friends to call her, had a lifelong love of music and a beautiful low alto voice. She was an original member of Elgin's Valley Belles of Harmony and sang bass in the 1966 - 67 international champion quartette, the Sophisti-Kords. Her on-stage pizzazz was remarkable. She worked at the Hampshire Toy Factory, Elgin, First National Bank, Elgin Watch and C.F. Industries in Chicago, where she managed the company's first word processing department. In 1976, she took a hiatus to be a full time mom and a buddy to her son, Ben. In 1979, she conceived and co-founded Elgin's Gifford Park Association and worked countless hours on group projects, especially the establishment of Elgin's first Historic District. Finally, Aud found the perfect job for the avid reader that she was, at the Gail Borden Library. She loved her surroundings and workmates, and most of the people she assisted. Aud was a loyal White Sox, Bears, Bulls, and Fighting Illini fan; a local history enthusiast; a cat lover: and an ardent flower grower. In retirement, she continued her passion for reading good books and exchanging E-mails, especially from classmates and family. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William D. Warrington. She is survived by her husband of almost 36 years, Charles Behrens; son, Benjamin W. Behrens (Debra) of Minneapolis, Minn.; brother, Irving Warrington of DeKalb; sister-in-law, Marilyn Warrington and nephew, Tim Warrington, both of Hampshire; nieces, Beth Warrington of Milwaukee, Wis., Becky Herrington (Brad) of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Cathy Seagle (Steve) of Trussville, Ala. Also, stepdaughter, Judi Candido (Dan) of Somerset, Ky.; stepson, John Behrens (Melinda) of Olympia, Wash.; grandchildren, Jennifer Blankenship (Chris) of Somerset, Ky., Steven Candido of Dallas, Texas, Rebecca, Garrett and Cole Behrens, all of Olympia, Wash.; and great-grandchildren Madelyn, Will and Brady Blankenship; and numerous Irving and Warrington family cousins. Audrey tried with all of her being to recover during August but in vain, God has trimmed His garden and has taken this special flower unto Himself. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the First United Methodist Church, 207 Grove Ave., Hampshire, with Pastor Gavin Brandt officiating. Burial will be in the Hampshire Center Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, at the Fredrick Funeral Home, 284 Park St., Hampshire, and also on Saturday prior to service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Church. Memorials in her name may he directed to the Gifford Park Association or to the Animal Humane Society, c/o Fredrick Funeral Home, P.O. Box 445, Hampshire, IL 60140. For information, 847-683-2711.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2011
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