At 6:30 pm on Monday, March 29th our beloved mother, Audrey Maybelle Jonas-Strutt passed peacefully into the loving arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. Her two daughters and her sweet cat, Silkie, were beside her as she entered heaven. Audrey is survived by her daughters Jeanine Keating and Carlyn Marshall, her son-in-Law, David Marshall, her grandchildren David Keating and his wife Whittany, Allison Keating, Richard Keating and his wife Ana, Eric Marshall and his wife Trisha, four great-grandchildren and a fifth soon to arrive.
Audrey was predeceased by her husband of 28 years, Richard Francis Jonas and her second husband of ten years, John Strutt, her mother Meta Jachens Telly, her father Bronson Telly, her brother William Telly and her son in law, Jeffrey Keating.
Audrey was born in San Francisco, California and was raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from University High School and Mount Saint Mary's College. She was teaching fourth grade when she met and fell in love with her first husband, Richard "Dick" Jonas.
Dick was the father of her children and his career in the fast-paced aerospace industry moved the family across the country time after time. She created loving homes for Dick and her children in Westchester and Gilroy, California; Rockledge and Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Alamogordo, New Mexico and Asheville, North Carolina. Mom loved each of these towns and cities for the unique experiences each offered and the good friends she made. She volunteered in each of her hometowns, serving as a Girl Scout leader, Cookie Mom, PTA member and in the church choir. Upon moving into each new house, she would begin making that house a home by sewing new curtains for all the windows.
In 1970 Audrey and Dick moved their family to Crystal River, Florida. She joined the congregation of St. Anne's Episcopal Church and became a Charter member of the Crystal River Kings Bay Lions Club. She was widowed in 1984 and spent ten years living independently. She traveled and enjoyed her friendships and her family. She even learned to snow ski at age 62! She began painting watercolors and was a member of the watercolor society in Crystal River for many years.
In 1993, Audrey attended a watercolor class where she met and fell in love with her second husband, John Strutt. Married to John, Audrey became a member of Faith Lutheran in Lecanto, Florida. They blended their families and John became our children's Grandpa John. She and John summered in Rushford, Minnesota close to his family and became members of St. John's Lutheran Church in Rushford, Minnesota. She made yet another lifelong friend at St. John's with whom she was still exchanging letters the week before she died.
When John passed away in 2011, her membership in Faith Lutheran gave her comfort. She became very active in the quilting group and prayer circle and made many dear friends. Her love of quilting was what motivated her to finally have a knee replacement and then an experimental valve replacement in her heart.
Audrey was so very blessed that she had two husbands, each so different and bringing such varied experiences and lives. She never met a stranger and was blessed with good friends across the world and in Crystal River.
She had been breakfasting weekly with a group of Lions for almost fifty years. Those friends were there when she was widowed, when she needed companionship and someone to laugh with. They were there when it was time to say goodbye.
Our mother's love shone upon all of our lives and she will be missed.
You are invited to celebrate our mother's love of Christ and her eternal life at Faith Lutheran Church, Lecanto at 11:00 am Saturday, April 24th.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2021.