OBITUARY

Audrey Anne Force

November 11, 1933March 29, 2021

Audrey Anne Force, 87, of Williamston, MI, passed away Monday, March 29. Audrey was born in Pontiac, MI on 11/11/33, the daughter of Camille and Doria (Beaudry) Samson and was the third of seven children. On April 8, 1961, she married Robert Force whom she met when she was set up by her sister Mary and Bob’s best friend Chuck Bowler. They bought a farm in Williamston and raised three children to appreciate farming, gardening, animals and hard work.

Audrey drove a school bus for Williamston Schools which led to her long term position driving a bus for CATA. She loved interacting with the passengers and had many good stories about the people on her routes. After Audrey retired she always wanted to keep busy and never stopped working to provide a life of service to others first before her own needs. She continued her passion for driving, shuttling other seniors around especially to the Williamston Senior Center.

Audrey was a wonderful cook and baker. Her famous family chocolate cake recipe is a birthday favorite. Audrey was a parishioner at St. Mary Catholic Church in Williamston for 60 years. She was very proud and protective of all her family, a wonderful grandma and great-grandma, raising her children with love and good humor, to quote her grandson “telling you the truth even if you weren’t ready to hear it”.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Camille and Doria Samson, her husband Bob Force, infant daughter, brothers Warner, Raymond, Allen, and sister Mary. She is loved and remembered by her children, Joanna (Tracy) Goss, Rob (Yetta) Force and Carol (Jim) Berry, her grandchildren Joel (Megan), Tyler, Rachael, Camille, Billie, Ella and one great grandchild, Sienna; her siblings, Jeannine Muto and Carl (Mary Ann) Samson, several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday April 6, 2021 at 11:00am at St Mary Catholic Church, 157 High Street, Williamston MI, 48895. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Mass. Visitation will be held on Monday April 5, 2021 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Williamston Chapel from 4pm to 7pm.

Donations may be made to the Capitol Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River, Lansing MI 48906 or Williamston Senior Center, P.O. Box 343, Williamston MI 48895 in Audrey’s memory. Expressions of sympathy and fond memories can be made at www.grwilliamston.com

  • DONATIONS

  • Capital Area Humane Society
  • Williamston Senior Center

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Memories

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Susan Force Tish

April 1, 2021

I am one of Audrey’s nieces and I grew up visiting their family home for holidays and banging in and out of the mud room, darting around 2 or 3 barn cats, to go run around their farm. Coming into Aunt Auds kitchen, you would always receive a warm smile and a “how’re you doin’, honey?” The smell of her amazing dinner rolls wafting out as the family prepared for a Christmas dinner together. (I tried to make her rolls a few times, and never succeeded in getting them just right). Even though I only saw her a few times a year, I always felt embraced in love by Aunt Aud. She never complained, was unfailingly kind and had this cool, subtle sense of humor that always made me smile. I feel a deep sadness that her warm light won’t be at the middle of our family gatherings any more. I will
miss her dearly but am grateful that her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren had so many years with her. Sending my love to the whole family and celebrating with you Audrey’s life. ❤️

Tami Teaney

March 31, 2021

Audrey was like a second mom to me. When my father died suddenly in 1970 she took me, my sister, and brother in for awhile while my mom took care of business. I remember hot, cooked breakfasts, that famous chocolate cake, and homemade hot cocoa before bed. She was kind, gentle, and loving toward us. We ran all over that farm. Recently, when our mothers both received their diagnoses days apart, Joanna told me that she thought our moms were invincible. I had to admit that I felt the same. But my mother passed 4 days before Audrey. I know a grand reunion between 2 good friends took place where a vast distance had once separated them. But my heart aches for her family here. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY