Audrey Matthies Martin
April 2, 1932 – June 11, 2020
Audrey Matthies (Richards) Martin of Okemos passed away on Thursday June 11, 2020 at the age of 88.
Audrey was born April 2nd, 1932 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Edward Franklin Richards and Martha Matthies Richards. She spent the majority of her younger years in Rosedale Park on the NW side of Detroit. Her summers were spent with siblings and cousins in Reed City and at Mullett Lake from which she had many fond memories. She attended Redford High School, graduating 1948, and continued to Hillsdale College where she graduated 1953.
A former gradeschool teacher, Audrey met Robert Everett Martin on a blind date. They were married on June 30th, 1956, residing on Ann Street in East Lansing for their first few years of married life. Audrey and Bob had 4 children; Julie, Pat, Pam, and David and in 1962 moved to Okemos which became their second and final home. While the children were young, she studied and became a successful interior designer creating her own company, Audrey Martin Interiors. Never one to sit still, she continued to use her creative and decorative talents long into her early 80’s.
Audrey was a passionate lover of dogs ultimately owning and caring for 8 different dogs throughout her life including her favorite, a golden retriever named Reilly, and acquiring her last puppy at the age of 87 who is now in the care of her daughter, Pat.
Audrey was a classy, fashionable woman with refined tastes who was an active supporter and patron of the music and fine arts of Wharton Center on MSU campus. However, her sophisticated tastes did not exclude sporting activities. She was an adept helmswoman sailing annually in the Caribbean with family and an active supporter and fan of the MSU Hockey team where you could hear her raise her voice cheering them on. Her varied hobbies also included an avid interest of World War II history.
The family fondly remembers the unique events she hosted from lobster parties in the back yard of her home in Okemos to shrimp boils for neighbors and friends up at their lake house on Elk Lake. She even threw a full-scale fake funeral for Bob’s 40th birthday leading the neighbors to believe she was burying one of her dogs in the front yard. We also recall a portion of MSU’s marching band, parading down Lagoon Drive and stopping at the house to play the fight song for another of Bob’s birthdays. Audrey, of German heritage, was a 5’1, feisty, independent, strong willed woman. She could definitely hold her own. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Audrey is pre-deceased by Bob (2017), her husband of 60 years, daughter Julie (1992) and son David (2018). She is survived by her daughters Patricia Ann Whitener of Okemos and Pamela Sue (Mike) Knowles of Grand Rapids. Audrey also leaves 6 grandchildren; Laura Diane (Nick) Mantzoros, Elise Kathleen Whitener, Beth Margaret Whitener, Kelsey Anne Knowles, and Jack Martin Knowles.
The family will hold a memorial gathering on Sunday, July 12 from 2-5 p.m. with a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. amongst the gardens of Audrey’s home, 2114 Lagoon Drive, Okemos, MI.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906, Ingham County Animal Shelter, 600 Buhl St., Mason, MI 48854 or Hillsdale College, 33 E. College St., Hillsdale, MI 49242.
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Audrey Matthies Martin
Lynn Kimball Fay
July 7, 2020
Too many to write, but I've had a lot of great personal conversations with Audrey, especially after my mom died. I particularly remember sitting in Marvelanes and watching them bowl together when I was in high school. Once, my husband and I saw she and Bob in the Knight Cap in Lansing. They didn't see us despite the small size of the restaurant, most likely because Bob was holding her hand and gazing into her eyes. It was amazing. We have never forgotten how in love they seemed. Oh, and there was the time I was sitting with her (at the same table) at my mom's 60th birthday party at the Inn here in Elk Rapids, and Bob started to drop his wine glass, caught it and ended up throwing the whole glass of wine in Audrey's face. She was SORT of a good sport about it since she didn't see the beginning of the catastrophe. I was laughing very hard but gave testimony that he had not just thrown it in her face out the blue! Well, I could go on. Dad used to talk to her for hours, I know. They were very good friends. We loved Audrey (and Bob) and will miss them both very much. Our love and prayers with you all. Lynn (and Dad)
Tom Le Vere
June 22, 2020
God bless Audrey. I will miss her very much. We sailed the Caribbean together three years in a row and I will cherish those happy memories forever.
I remember sailing on Bob's Along in Elk Rapids with the spinnaker out when suddenly the sky grew dark and the wind picked up fast. It became a fire drill on deck with lots of yelling as no one could figure out how to right the boat or ease the sail tension. Audrey suddenly popped up from below deck where she had been reading and flipped the brake release dropping the sail instantly, then only commenting "for Pete's sake" she disappeared again back into the cabin.
I will miss her no-nonsense, say what you mean approach to life. Fair winds and calm seas my friend. Say hi to Bob for me too!
June 15, 2020
Audrey and Bob (BoBo) were friends of Bette and I starting with Bob and I in the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity @ MSU early fifties!!
Then as we each began our married lives that ultimately led
with, Audrey & Bette, to acquiring vacation homes @ Elk & Higgins in Northern Michigan! With the help of Audrey & Bette we also fostered annual summer Delt Sigs summer reunions in Cadillac. Audrey's summer home became one of the top attractions in the Northwest area for its beauty and hospitality!! Her graciousness and decorating skills will live in infamy!! Go forth Young Lady you have made a memorable mark!!!
Clark & Bette Purdy