OBITUARY

Audra Gay Stoner Stoner-McMillian

January 11, 1970September 5, 2013

Audra G. Stoner McMillian was born on January 11, 1970 in Columbus, Nebraska to the loving parents of Dr. Dan and Dawn Stoner. She was refered to as the best birthday present her mother ever received as she was born on her mother's birthday. At the age of two the family moved to Yankton, South Dakota where her father entered into partnership with Dr. Robin Hacecky of Veterinary Supply and Services.

Audra went her entire 13 years of school in Yankton, SD graduating in 1988. Audra excelled in 4-H winning national trips to the Western Round Up in Denver and the Washington DC. Focus trip as well as 4-H International in Chicago for her excellence in the bread division. In addition she won many state awards and was Yankton County 4-H Queen in 1987 - 88. Audra was active in both dance and music and performed in numerous recitals. From the age of 16, when she started her first job, she was the delivery girl for 5 years for Pied Piper Flowers in Yankton, SD.

Audra graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology. While at the university she joined Alpha Chi Omega sorority where she served as Vice president of finances and house manager. She was also the treasurer of Phanellenic the student governing body of the women's Greek organization on campus. . She was on the University of Minnesota Dairy judging team which came in second in the nation.

Upon graduation she went to work for SAF yeast in Minneapolis and then for Quest Ingredients where she lived in Sarasota, Florida. In 1996 she joined Kerry Ingredients with US operations based in Beloit, Wisconsin. She was then transferred by Kerry to England working there for 7 1/2 years before being transferred back to the states, settling in the Atlanta area. She had been happily employed by Kerry for 17 years. One of her most honored work accomplishments was leading her team to be awarded the Domestic Vendor of the Year at the Focus Brands 2008 Worldwide Franchisee Conference in Orlando, Florida. Geoff Hill, President of Cinnabon, presented the award to Kerry Account Manager Audra Stoner. This same award was again presented to Audra in 2009.

Prior to returning to the states she joined PEO Chapter K in Yankton, SD having the honor of being initiated by her mother, who was the chapter president in 2004. In 2006 Audra demitted to PEO Chapter BI in Woodstock, GA. She has also maintained her membership at Trinity Lutheran Church of Yankton, SD.

Audra met her soul mate and love of her life, Jeff McMillian, in 2010. A fabulous wedding followed on October 1, 2011 in Cancun, Mexico attended by family and friends from 10 states and 2 foreign countries. Following their honeymoon, they settled in Woodstock, GA.

Audra is survived by her husband Jeff, her mother Dawn Happes Stoner of Yankton, SD, her beloved brother Darrell of Fountaintown, IN and his significant other Michelle Janiak, her mother-in-law Barbara McMillian of Decatur, GA. Also surviving are her aunts Una Schusler, of Hinckley, IL, Gail (Pedro) Beildeck of Hertford, NC, Sandra (Rod) Allen of Homer, NB, and her uncle Ken (Judy) Stoner of Homer, NB, numerous cousins, two very special "nieces", and a world of friends. She was grateful for the excellent care she received from doctors and nurses who cared for her at Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs, GA following her diagnoses of AML Leukemia on February 2, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Dan Stoner of Yankton, SD in 1997, her beloved grandparents, Donald and Clare Happes of Aurora, IL and paternal grandparents Bernard and May Stoner of Homer, NB. Also, one aunt, Faye Happes Caisse of Batavia,IL preceded her in death.

A fellowship celebration with family and friends will be from 7 to 9 September 6, 2013 at Woodstock Funeral Home in Woodstock, GA. A Christian Service will be held on September 7, 2013 at 10 AM at the Woodstock Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Baumgartner of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Woodstock, GA. officiating.

Additional services will follow in Elburn, Illinois and Yankton, SD. Internment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora, Illinois.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 7, 2013
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Dave Artmann

September 13, 2013

My deepest sympathies for your loss. I had the privilege of knowing Audra while I was college with her at the University of Minnesota. She was a great gal and will be deeply missed.

Beverley Charles

September 11, 2013

Such a special person, never have I known personally a person, who's love spread so many countries and so many people lives they touched-a true gift. Audra will always remain close in our hearts and memories of laughter and fun for us in the UK. I hope you find some comfort from the beautiful pictures and stories that will be there for years to come, to help you wake up each day and live your lives until you meet again. sending lots of love from us all in Birmingham. sending healing for your pain and love to surround you all. Rest easy beautiful lady xxxx

Lenore Schusler

September 10, 2013

Hi, Dawn. I'm so sorry to hear about Audra. It's always hard to lose a loved one, and there are no words that can make it any easier. Just know that your family and friends are all feeling your pain with you. Love, Lenore Schusler

Nita Shete-Smith

September 10, 2013

Audra was a wonderful friend and I miss her terribly!! I am so glad that she will be with her dad and they can keep watch on her wonderful husband, amazing mum and truly fantastic brother. She leaves a big hole in this life but I'm sure that she'll be making the same impact in her next one!!

Love to Jeff, Dawn & Darrell

Guy Parks

September 9, 2013

Dawn, I am so sorry! God be with you all and give you strength in your time of sorrow

Blessings,

Andrea & Natasha Heal

September 9, 2013

To Jeff, Dawn, Darrell and family, Audra will always be in our thoughts and memories and will never be forgotten. I was the first person she met in the UK - when she moved to work in Bicester and our first 'stop off' after picking her up from the hotel was to go straight to a chocolate shop - I knew from that moment we would be friends! I have such wonderful memories of her, not just because of her love of shoes, a great drinking buddy and her very cheeky sense of humour but also because of her wonderful kindness, thoughtfulness, and loyalty to her friends. She was taken to heaven far too early - definitely our loss, but definitely heaven's gain. With much love to you all xxx

Vanessa cooke

September 8, 2013

To all of Audra's family. I am so sorry for your loss. I have some lovely memories of Audra & will always cherish them. She was one amazing lady & I will never forget her. Love from Vanessa, Mark & Brandon xx

Judith Johnston

September 8, 2013

To Jeff, Dawn, Darrell and Family. Our deepest sympathies to you all. You are in our thoughts at this sad time. Audra, was such an amazing and inspirational lady. Loved by everyone she met. We have all be so lucky to have had her in our lives. All our love and biggest hugs for you all. Jude and Jason xxxxxxxxxx

September 8, 2013

Darrell and family, may you find comfort in the loving memories you share from Audra, our prayers are with you. Your Elanco family (Greenfield, IN)

Diane Turvey

September 7, 2013

Dearest Jeff, Dawn and Darrell, you are all in our thoughts and hearts at this time. I wish we could be with you at the services,but our hearts and spirits are. With love