Israel, Audrey Ann, a resident of Torrance for nearly 40 years, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 in Torrance. Born in Stockton, CA, Audrey was 61 when she died. Audrey was a graduate from Mira Costa High School Class of '66. She was a member of and licensed driver for the National Hot Rod Association. Her passion and hobby in life was the automobile sport of drag racing; something that she shared with her husband. She is described by her colleagues and fellow drivers as a "fierce competitor" and a one of only a handful of woman that competed locally in the sport for nearly 4 decades. She is survived by her loving Husband, James Israel of Torrance, CA, Son, James Israel, Daughter, Tamara McDermott, Brother Randall Morris, sister Veronica McKenzie, and 4 grandchildren. The memorial service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 2:00 P.M.

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  1. Jimbo, Jimmie, Tami — even though I knew this day was quickly coming, I still feel the shock of it all, trying to wake myself up thinking this is all a dream at times. Audrey was a unique soul that I really did love. She offered up her friendship the moment we met many years ago. One of my favorite times with her was our outing to the Orange County swap meet and also one of your birthday celebrations, Jimbo, at the track. Purely out of the blue one day, she gave me an Anne Geddes diary, and she wrote in it a sweet something about our friendship. I’ve found myself writing in it more and more lately and turning it into a gardening diary in her honor and memory. She couldn’t wait to be a grandma, and I’m happy she lived to enjoy that special happiness. She really loved you kids. Jimbo, I’ll share with you what she told me once: “Jim is not only my husband, he is my best friend, my lover, my constant companion.” Those words of hers really moved me. Allow those wonderful memories of your mom and your wife to warm your hearts and bring smiles to your faces soon. My deepest sympathy, denise bothe

  2. Jim, Tammy, & Jimmy. Sorry to hear about Audrey. She will be greatly missed by alot of people. I just found out a couple of weeks ago that she had problems. I am sorry I did not get to come by and see her. She was a good person to know. I myself will miss her alot because I grew up knowing her since I was a little kid coming over to the house. Also at the track with your family and mine hanging out with each other. She is in the best place possible now and will be taken care of. Long time friend. Eddie

  3. Over the years, we have raced at many of the same tracks, and I have always kept an eye out for the Israel family at the different races we attended over the years. I cheered from the stands whenever I saw one of the cars and am so sorry that our racing “family” has lost Audrey. Godspeed Audrey and show the guys in heaven how racing is done!

  4. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. May you find peace and remember the fond memories of Audrey. God bless and keep the entire family. Patty New Castle, DE

  5. i want to send my support an prayers for your presious loss for the whole family she is with god no more sufering shes in a place i would love to be she will be greatly missed …Lisa Reese

  6. As the president of the Southern California Pro-Gas association, I would like to extend my deepest condolences and prayers to Jim and family during these really tough times. She will be greatly missed at the track. Godspeed my friend! Greg Ventura Southern California Pro-Gas

  7. Be strong for your family Jeem… While you’ll NEVER forget her loving and caring ways, as time passes, it’ll get a li’l more bearable to be without her!… Always remember the good times you shared and fall back on the principles that she instilled in you… She’s watching over you guys!…

  8. I have many fond memories from my childhood that include the Israel family. My prayers are with the entire family at this difficult time. Audrey will be greatly missed.

  9. Jim Israel and family, Hold tight to memories for comfort. Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.

  10. We will both miss Audrey very much. She was always a down to earth tell it like it is lady. We are very sorry for your whole families loss. God Bless you all.

  11. Jim, I won’t be able to attend next weekend do to another commitment. Sharon and I offer our deepest condolances for the loss of your Wife and Best Friend. I hope to see you at the Pro Gas races in the future. Larry and Sharon Scarth

  12. To Jim, Jim Jr., and Tami Israel. Please accept our deepest condolences for your wife’s/mom’s passing. We will always remember Audrey as one of the “toughest” Pro Gas racers out there and she will truely be missed by all. Hope all of you will be strong during these tough moments and God Bless you all. Roger and Deb Kato S/G 7117

  13. Audrey will surely be missed since she was one of a kind. She always took the time to ask how our family was doing during Beth’s medical battles even when she wasn’t feeling well herself. Love to her entire family.

  14. To the Israels, I had the pleasure of meeting Audrey at the Palmdale Race track. I remember her as a smiling, cheerful and helpful person. She was always very kind to us as well as being an open, honest and frank individual. I believe she accomplished her work for our Lord here on earth and has taken her place in heaven to await the rest of us! She will be remembered by my family for a long time.

  15. Dear Jim & Family, It was with great sadness that Tanya & I heard of Audrey’s illness and passing. We have some very fond memories of you at the track. This is a tough time I know, but hold on to those memories and keep your faith in God and you can be assured that all will be well. If there is anything we can do to help, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 602-321-7733. I know you would do the same for us or anyone else. Audrey will be missed very much here. Godspeed Audrey, and God bless the entire family, our prayers are with you. Carl & Tanya

  16. We take great comfort in the fact that Audrey has gone to be with our Lord. I had the honor and privilege to be there for her and her family when she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. What a blessing to know that her future is brighter than ever. We will miss you Audrey but we are looking forward to our next meeting. God Speed!

  17. I will always remember Audrey and Jim in the staging lanes (the last time being at Fontana a while back) next to their race cars. Audrey always smiled and had time for a sweet conversation. Thank you Lord for bringing such wonderful people like Audrey into our lives. “Lord may you comfort the Israel family today and bring them eternal peace.” Amen.

  18. To The Isreal Family: We are so sorry to hear about your loss..We send our deepest codolences. Godspeed..

  19. Just wanted to share my condolences and to say thank you for being an inspiration to my driving career. That Mustang always had its own look and could be counted on to go rounds. Audrey will be missed but I pray the family continues on with heads held high.

  20. We are thinking of you and our thoughts and prayers go out to Audrey’s family. We cannot be at the service. Please know our minds are there and our hearts.

  21. To the Israel Family, You have my heart-felt condolence for the loss of your Wife,Racing Partner and Mother. Audrey was a warm and gracious Lady and I will always remember her fondly. Due to previous plans I won’t be able to make the services.Audrey,Rest in Peace.

  22. We are so very sorry for your lost Jim,Jim Jr.,and Tami. If there is anything we can do for you let us know. Audrey was a great person and we will miss her. Sincerely, Jimmy & Pat

  23. Jim and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Audrey will be very dearly missed by all. If there is ever anything another mother can do for you, please let me know. I feel your sorrow and your pain. So if ever you need a shoulder I am here. My deepest sympathy to you and your children Jim. For here is to… we will race again someday. Godspeed my friend… Mary

  24. I’m saddened by the news of Audrey’s passing. My thoughts are with Jim and the family. It’s strange, however it doesn’t seem that long ago that we where all at OCIR even though I know it was. God Bless

  25. I did not know you Audrey, but I heard you kept the guys in line. Our thoughts and prayers be with you, and your family. Don and Patty Kruse

  26. Jim and family, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your Wife and Mother. I’ve raced with and against you guys for many years. We had alot of good times together and built many memories. Jim, keep attending the races and doing what Audrey loved to do so much. God Speed Audrey! Bob

  27. Audrey what an awsome lady so great to race with you very classy woman and so cool that you shared the same passion as jim you will be greatly missed Love ya Steve Parsons THE CRUSHER

  28. Jim,Tami,Jimmey, We have thirty plus years of memories and I feel blessed for the opportunity to have shared them with you. I’m remembering the positives of knowing you both and that brings a smile to me. Our condolences to the Isreal family as Audrey will be missed. David & Gloria Drew

  29. We were racing at Pomona about 5 years ago. My mother had just passed away and there was just a little mention of it in National Dragster and Audrey came by to offer her condolences. Unfortunately I can’t make the services. My condolences go out to Jim and the rest of the family… Ed

  30. Jim and Family, Our condolances to the Isreal Family for their loss of an outstanding Wife/Mother/Racer. She will be dearly missed and forever in our Hearts. God Speed.

  31. Jim and Family, Our condolances go out to you and your family. Audrey was truly a wonderful person and a great racer. She will be missed.

  32. Jim , so sorry to hear about Audrey. We will miss her dearly, both of you have been great friends for many years, I remember Audrey telling me years ago when I held the Car Show at my Church, that she didn’t know a church event could be so much fun and thanked me for inviting you two. Thanks again for all your help you given me for so many years at the track and for always treating Nick with so much understanding and support, I only hope to see you back at the track again soon, doing what has brought us all together in a sport that is much more about Family and Friends than winning or losing. We are praying for you and the kids at this time and hope that you will be strengthend by your many friends. Your Friend , Craig, Teri, Nick, Michelle Whelen

  33. We are so sorry for your loss and hope that You and the rest of Your family can find comfort in these hard times. I sorry for the delay but we just found out that Your mother passed away.

  34. Jim and family, Bob and I were saddened by the news. Audrey was a wonderful person and a great racer. Bob and I send our condolences and prayers.

  35. Jim and family, I always got such a kick out of calling Continental Converter & talking to Audry. We always spent more time just talking about “stuff” & usually forgot what I called about. We will miss seeing her at the races and her great smile in the staging lanes. We pray that God gives you the strength you need during this difficult time. Our hearts are with you. She was a great gal!(good racer, too) Fondly, Rodger & Karen Comstock

  36. wow… Can’t believe she’s gone. I always used to talk to her and your dad at the SoCal Super Street/Gas races… She gave me an old picture of the ‘Prehistoric Rat’ My grandpa John’s 1960 El Camino, She was great friends with him and my step grandpa Phil Parker.

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