Audrey Pauline Willaman Mollard|
July 14, 1921
August 17, 2014
Audrey lived in Akron, Ohio her entire life. She passed away peacefully surrounded by family.
Audrey is survived by her three children, Dianna Jean Scott of Copley, Gary Phillip Cline (Sandra) of Hinckley, and Robert Douglas Mollard (Connie) of Westfield Center; by her four grandchildren, Kari Walchalk (Richard), Jill Anne Mollard Toth, Patrick Nathan Mollard, and Lauren Elizabeth Mollard Brown; her three great-grandchildren, Reese Alexander Toth, Molly Anne Toth, and Cord Walchalk; and by many cousins in Illinois and Missouri.
Audrey graduated from East High School, and following the lead of her father (an executive with the Zilus Rubber Company), she chose a business career, studying at the Akron Business College. World War II interrupted her plans, and she served her country as a volunteer in Louisiana with the Red Cross. Later, she worked as an accountant for a number of Akron firms, including Vaughn Machinery, Evans Insurance Agency, Firestone Park Insurance Agency, and Amer Cunningham Brennan Company.
Audrey was an accomplished pianist. At age 15, she had her own radio program entitled "Little Audrey" broadcast every week on WADC radio. She was also the youngest piano player ever to serve the Oak Hill Presbyterian Church. She performed with several big bands, including performances with Pat Pace. She was a long-time accompanist for The Carillons women's choir, and the Master's Quartet from The Church of the Master. Audrey was an active member of the Tuesday Musical Club, held several leadership positions, and sponsored a scholarship fund in her mother's name. She was also active in the Akron Business Women's Association, where she served as President, and was honored as Woman of the Year in 1972.
When Audrey retired in 1981, she partnered with her son Robert to start Mollard Conducting Batons Inc., which has become the world's leading manufacturer of conducting products for musicians. She traveled the globe promoting the batons, and is still remembered by many people in the music industry for her big smile and her vivacious, sparkling personality.
Audrey's love of gardening earned her many accolades, including several City of Akron Neighborhood Beautification Awards. She loved dogs, and always had a canine companion.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Copley Health Center for their thoughtful care of Audrey.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Faith Lutheran Church (2726 West Market Street, Fairlawn, Ohio). A light luncheon will follow the service. Memorial gifts may be made to the Tuesday Musical Association Scholarship Fund, 1 South Main Street Suite 301, Akron, Ohio 44308-1842.
(ADAMS MASON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 330-535-9186)
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2014