Audrey Kay was born to Fred and Ruby Story on July 25, 1922 in Winnett Montana. She grew up with her older sister Ardith and brother Fay. She enjoyed all kinds of outdoor activities growing up and was the star of the Winnett girls basketball team. She joined the Woman’s Army Corp during World War II where she excelled in basketball, softball and swimming. When she returned home she met and married Merle Manuel in February 1949. They made their home on a ranch in the Crazy Mountains. After that adventure they added 5 children to the family Paul (Joni), Nancy (Darrell), Martin (Sue), Mary and James. We thank Mom for sharing her love of the outdoors and all the fun things you find on the back-roads. She taught us how to swim, shoot, and drive all at a young age but most importantly she taught us to have compassion for others and treating others like you wanted to be treated was always her rule.
Mom had a special passion for helping underprivileged kids and her selfless sacrifice in spreading God’s love to everyone she came in contact with is a great part of her legacy. She was a woman that had a plan and was always looking at what was next on the list to get done. She was an inspiration to her family and church family, sharing her wisdom and encouragement through cards and calls. She was a great encourager of others.
Family was especially important to her and she shared a strong bond with Ardith and Fay and their families. When her grandchildren and great grandchildren came along her passion for them to lead productive Christian lives was evident in all she did and especially in the example she set. A part of her lives on in all her grand and great grandchildren whom she loved so much; Jeremiah Skidmore and his children Jager and Audrey Rose; Jason and Katrina Skidmore and their children Kade, Lane and Gus; Josh and Jessica Skidmore and their children Maddy and Logan, Dawn Manuel and her daughter Jasmine; Michael and Courtney Manuel and their children Arielle, Cody and Jaden; Matthew Manuel; Jon and Ann; and Dan Nesovic.
Her spirit of adventure lasted a life time and she especially enjoyed spending her 90th Birthday in Alaska. In May of this year she was excited to go on The Big Sky Honor Flight for WWII veterans and her main goal was to honor her brother Fay who fought in The Battle of the Bulge.
The Family would like to invite you to join in a celebration of Audrey’s life Monday at 6PM at the Church of Christ at 10th and Alderson. At her request in lieu of flowers she would love to have memorials made to The Yellowstone Bible Camp, a place where children and families can draw closer to the lord. The address is 909 Nevada, Belgrade Montana 59714.