Audre Anderson is no longer in our arms, but always in our hearts. She passed away peacefully at her DeKalb, IL home at the age of 88 on June 9, 2021.
She was born in Chicago on March 15, 1933. Audre met the love of her life, Ronald Anderson, on a walk through Grant Park in Chicago. They were married in 1956. She and Ron built a beautiful life together adding two daughters, Nancy (Brent Riley) Anderson and Wendy (Chris) Maka, to their family. Sadly, Ron passed away while the girls were still young.
Transitioning into a new life as a single parent, Audre reentered the full time workforce in 1981. She took over the printing business headed by her late husband, taking considerable time and effort completing classes in Chicago to learn and understand the many skills necessary to do this new job.
She later returned to the nursing career she had begun in 1956. Her involvement in DeKalb area healthcare spans many years. Audre earned her B.S. in Nursing from NIU in 1968. She served as administrator of the DeKalb County Health Department during its formative years, 1966 to 1971. She was named to the DeKalb Public Hospital Advisory Board in 1971.
Audre joined the Kishwaukee Community Health Services Center (KCHSC) Board in 1974, serving for many years being elected to chair the Board of Directors of KCHSC in 1982. She was also involved in the building of major health facilities, including the Ben Gordon Mental Health Center, Oak Crest Retirement Center and Kishwaukee Community Hospital. She was active in the local county Health Planning Committee from its inception. She also served on the regional board of Comprehensive Health Planning of Northern Illinois and on the Health Facilities Planning Committee which set standards and criteria for the expansion of hospitals in the area.
Audre held positions at the DeKalb Public Hospital, Sycamore Municipal Hospital, NIU School of Nursing, DeKalb County Health Department, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, and DeKalb County Hospice. She cherished her work as a visiting nurse and worked as a Hospice nurse until she was nearly 80, rounding out her career in the Hospice program that she helped bring to DeKalb during her board tenure. She truly loved her work.
When not caring for her family and countless others through her health system involvement, Audre spent her time traveling around the globe and experiencing local culture through museums, theater, music and sightseeing. She truly enjoyed researching and planning trips. She visited Slovenia, Spain, England, France, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Falkland Islands, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, almost every state in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands, among other places.
Audre is survived by her two daughters who adored her, grandchildren Andrew Cliffe and Kelsey (Darren) Gu, niece Susan Mertes, several cousins, and extended family along with a few family dogs she enjoyed spending time with. She was a longtime member of DeKalb's First United Methodist church, where she formed cherished lifelong friendships.
A celebration of Audre's life will be held indoors on July 22, 2021 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at one of her favorite local places, Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward Street, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. A short service will take place at 6 PM. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
. Questions may be directed to Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com
or call 815-756-1022.
Published by Daily-Chronicle from Jul. 14 to Jul. 20, 2021.