CHESNEY, HASLER AUDREY On January 20, 2013, Audrey peacefully passed away surrounded by her children just a month shy of her 96th birthday. Born in New York City on February 26, 1917, to Marguerite and Frederick Edward Hasler, she was the eldest of the three Hasler girls. From 1918 to 1939 the family lived on a lovely estate named Silverlea , on Hasler Lane in Little Silver, New Jersey. It was there she developed a love for all four-legged creatures, great and small. Along with her sisters, Shirley and Marjory, Audrey was a charter member of the Rumson Country Day School. Winter months were spent at "Soncy" in Pembroke, Bermuda. In 1935 she graduated from Wykeham Rise School in Washington, Conn. and it was there the Haslers moved in 1938 to Church Hill Farm. Her first love was horses and if there was a horse show or a hunt, Audrey was there winning atop ponies, saddle horses or hunters. At age 16 she was the first winner of the Alfred B. Maclay Trophy Finals at Madison Square Garden in 1933. She hunted in England and the Carolinas and was a member of the Monmouth County Hunt in New Jersey and the Watertown Hunt in Conn. Audrey was a founding member and past president of both the Florida State and South Florida Hunter & Jumper Assoc. She was a life-long member of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, having practiced as a licensed AHSA Steward for 20 years. As were so many of her generation, Audrey was a war bride, marrying Dr. John G. Chesney in 1944. While he served in the European Theatre with an evac hospital she joined the American Red Cross Nurse's Aide, volunteering at Bellevue Hospital in NYC and Waterbury Conn. Following W.W.II there were two snowy winters of Thoracic Surgery Residency in Ann Arbor at the U. of Michigan Hospital and in 1950 they moved to sunny Miami, Florida to begin a practice with Dr. Dewitt Daughtry. She lived in Coral Gables for 30 years where they were both very involved in the Youth Sailing Program at Coral Reef Yacht Club. She was a "hands on mom", active in P.T.A., the Junior League of Miami and the South Miami Riding Club. With her children grown, the lure of a new horse community beckoned and in 1980 she moved to Wellington. There she watched and participated in its growth from a little "horse" village to an international equestrian destination making countless "horsey" friends along the way. She is survived by her sister, Shirley H. Bird of Redding Ridge Conn., daughters, Barbara Branning of Sarasota and Elizabeth Cameron and her husband Glenn of Palm Beach Gardens and her son Frederick and his wife Marguerite of Singer Island. She was "G-ma" to Fred Jr. and his wife Kelly and Katie Marie Chesney, Elizabeth, Lindsey and Christopher Cameron and Christopher and Thomas Branning and "Great G-ma" to Trey and Kameron . She was preceded in death by her sister, Marjory Ewing, ex-husband and friend John and her son John Jr. Her family would like to thank Hospice of the Palm Beaches, Susan, Joycie, Louisa, Niecie, Nu Vista's staff, and all whose care and devotion made her last years ones of dignity, befitting such a lovely lady. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM, St. David's in the Pines, 465 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, Fl. 33414.
Published in Miami Herald on Jan. 24, 2013