Ramona Ardis Audley
1930 - 2018
November 19, 2018
Audley, Ramona Ardis (Nee Hughlett) January 6, 1930- November 19, 2018 lived a life filled with vibrant color inspired by nature. Her creative spirit, quick wit, and uncanny ability to see possibility in all contexts inspired her family, her friends, and thousands of her students. Ramona Audley passed away peacefully on November 19, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. The eldest child of Robert and Ina (Lund) Hughlett, Ramona was a lifelong Lake Country resident who enjoyed a forty-year teaching career and remained active in her retirement as a school board member and a prolific artist in a variety of media. Ramona's soft sculpture dolls, whimsical garden art-including life size cows and antelope-furniture, jewelry, trapunto quilting, ceramics, and assemblage creations adorn the homes of collectors locally and nationally. Public art displays include her contribution to the 2013 Guitar Town USA Event in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Ramona's fifteen-foot guitar, painted in her trademark bold floral design, greets visitors to the Waukesha State Bank. In 1953, Ramona was smitten by the engagement ring Wilfred (Bill) Audley tucked into a box of Valentine's Day chocolates and they were married in November of that same year. Bill remained an active "co-conspirator" in most all of Ramona's creative endeavors throughout their forty-nine year marriage-a love affair grounded in humor, spontaneity, and steadfast commitment to family. Bill has been sorely missed since 2002. Although Ramona's lifetime accomplishments and accolades were numerous, she was most proud and often boastful of her six children and five grandchildren-"These folks are not only achievers-they focus on giving back and making this world a better place for others." Ramona will be gravely missed by her children: Peggy Audley (Dr. Christopher Babbitt) of Hudson, Jennifer Audley of Waukesha, Terry Audley (Dennis Sweda) of Hartland, David Thomas Beech Audley (Dr. Ann Vertovec) of Lake Bluff, IL, Holly Audley (Dr. Rick Hohfeler) of Oconomowoc, and Christopher Robert Beech Audley (Denise) of Oconomowoc as well as her grandchildren: Tess Audley Babbitt, Samuel Franklin Beech Audley, Benjamin Edward Beech Audley, Wilfred Albert Beech Audley, and Emma Marie Audley. Ramona is further survived by numerous relatives and friends-including centenarian, Aunt Ella Mae Clausen (Lund). Many thanks to the Visiting Angels, Waukesha Memorial Hospital Palliative Care, and the staff of Lynnwood of Delafield for their high-quality care and compassion. The family plans a spring 2019 memorial event honoring Ramona's favorite season. As an avid gardener, Ramona delighted in spring's promise of growth, renewal, and fresh opportunity. Memorial donations to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, Heifer International, and the Humane Society of Waukesha County are appreciated.

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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 25, 2018.
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I was honored to meet Ramona working as a caregiver through Visiting Angels. We spent many hours together spring, summer and fall. She shared many memories with me and taught me things I will not forget. She was on my mind this evening that is when I discovered about her passing. Everytime I drive through Waukesha, I see her art work. The large guitar and the fox statue near Target on Sunset are just a few of the pieces that carry her memory and will always remind me of her. Great woman with a big smile and even bigger smile.
Lisa Summers
January 31, 2019
I toured Ramona and family at Silverado a year or so ago. I adored her the moment I saw her. Never realizing I had just met such a talented local artist. I remember she loved her cats and didn't want to live without them. She wanted to converse with people from different backgrounds and not just people from Waukesha and her colorful style and personality won me over immediately. I know I only talked with her an hour or so but she left a great impression. What a delight.
Nada R
November 27, 2018
Deepest condolences to the Audley family. I was fortunate to meet Ramona years ago when my children were in school at Swallow. She was a gift to this world through her creativity and kindness.
Emily Anderson
November 26, 2018
My heart goes out to Ramona's family and friends at this most difficult time. May she Rest in Peace.
Lisa Keim
November 26, 2018
So sorry to hear the passing of a wonderful women. She raised a great family including one of my best friends David Audley. She will be missed but always remembered. My heart goes out to all the kids and grandchildren.
robert dewey
November 24, 2018