Audrey Jeannine Baxter Brown, 86, of Orem, Utah, passed away peacefully of natural causes Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
She was born October 13, 1933 in Lindon (now Orem), Utah, to Vance Earl Baxter and Edna Elaine Clark Baxter. Audrey graduated from Pleasant Grove High School. Later, while attending BYU, she met Robert Lowell Brown who was a guest speaker talking and showing slides about his mission at her ward fireside. She married him in 1953 and together they had three children.
Audrey had a great interest in genealogy. Her respect of and connection to her ancestors was clearly evidenced as she passed on the rich stories of her heritage to her children and other family members. She was keenly aware of blessings in her life made possible by the courage, conviction, and sacrifices of those ancestors. She was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and served in many church callings.
Audrey’s interests also included photography and she leaves behind a volume of beautiful photographs including many of the flowers she grew in her own yard. Most of all, her life focused around her children and family. Audrey’s grand legacy is the unconditional, self-sacrificing, mother’s love that she showed to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Audrey had a warm smile, showed kindness and compassion, made friends easily wherever she went, and was a life-long, loyal friend to many she had known since her early childhood. She was gentle, kind, and honest (a trait she not only highly valued but steadfastly exhibited). She had a sense of humor and used it to make people around her laugh and smile. She loved her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters, and parents… and they loved her back.
She is survived by her three children: Jolene Nicol, Larry (Kerry) Brown, and Dana (Jim) Gueck; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and sister Mary Lynne Crawford. Preceded in death by her husband; both parents; sister Shirley Baxter Jones; brothers-in-law Carl W. Crawford and Harold Jones, and grandson Michael Gueck. Audrey’s family takes comfort in knowing that she can now rest from the more recent demands of mortality in a state of peace and happiness but mourn her passing and this period of separation. They express their heartfelt gratitude for all the support, love, and acts of kindness on behalf of Audrey and her family; received from her friends, neighbors, ward members, the caregivers at Seasons of Santaquin and Bennion Veterans Home, the wonderful Bristol hospice team, and many others.
With consideration of the global pandemic situation, a limited graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, June 13, 2020, 11:00 AM, at Orem City Cemetery, 1520 North 800 East, Orem, Utah. A viewing will be held on the same morning just prior to the graveside service between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM, at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Ave, Provo, Utah.
Though none are expected, remembrances may be made in any form desired by friends. The family suggests that The Bristol Foundation be considered for memorial contributions because of Audrey’s love, appreciation, and experience with the invaluable, loving services that Bristol provides to those in need. "www.thebristolfoundation.org"