Cole, Audrey Mae Gladden, a 60 year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 in Torrance. Born in Ardmore, OK, Audrey was 92 when she died. Audrey was a member of the viewing audience of Joel Olsteen. Audrey worked for North American Aviation 1949 - 1952. Home Health Care for 12 years and a housewife for 75 years. She loved to go fishing and visiting friends and relatives. She had a fondness for slot machines and gambling at the Casinos. Over the years she had many hobbies, crocheting, sewing, quilting and various crafts as well as her garden. She gave to numerous charities and she loved her grand children and great grand children and was always there to cheer them on. Audrey was a fan of Elvis Presley's music. She had only one relationship and that was her husband of whom she said there was only one and he was it. She is survived by Son, Richard Cole his wife Pricila of Redondo Beach, CA. A Daughter, Nancy Colbert-Wheeler her husband Bill Wheeler of Redondo Beach, CA., two sisters Aileen Kyle of Ardmore, OK., and Floy Shupenko of California. Grand Children: Billy Cole his wife Veronica, Rick Colbert his wife Traci, Michael Colbert his wife Ramona, Robin Carr, Teri Vorhis husband Chuck, and Prenestlie Zapatero, Great Grand Children: Michael Cole, Nickolas Colbert, Michelle Cole, Michael Colbert II, Brian Cole, Dylan Colbert, Taylor Colbert, and Aaron Vorhis. Preceded in death by her husband Earl W. Cole, four brothers and one sister, Mother, Mabel Gladden and Father, William Gladden. To numerous to mention by name but many, many nieces and nephews. She was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma on July 14, 1916 on a farm. She married Earl Cole in 1933 and they moved to California in 1933. Their first child, Richard was born in Ventura California 1936, they moved to Los Angeles area where their daughter Nancy was born in Culver City in 1942, They settled in Redondo Beach in 1948 where she loved and raised 2 children.She was loved and respected by all who knew her. She lived in her current home until she went to heaven on July 30, 2008. Needless to say she will be missed by so many and none can take her place. A gathering of family & friends will be held at White & Day Colonial Chapel in Redondo Beach on Friday, August 8, 2008 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. The funeral service will be held at Pacific Crest Cemetery's Chapel on Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. Burial will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach.

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  1. I hear a voice you cannot hear which says I must not stay I see a hand you cannot see which beckons me away. When I was at home staring at my computer and wondering if I should say something today I felt that while it€™s going to be difficult it€™s something that I have to do. Not because you all don€™t already know how wonderful she was, you do, but because I feel that I should let you all know how important my grandmother was to my family and me For the first years of my life I was raised in a large part by grandma because my mom and dad both had to work. I was with her most every day and I loved it and her. I remember crawling up into her arms and going to sleep for hours and she would just sit there rocking me until I’d wake up. The first thing I would see is her smile. There was never a more comforting feeling. When we had our first son Michael Mamaw would watch him while my Wife and I were at work. In the afternoon, I would come home and find Michael in my spot, Mamaw€™s arms, asleep and rocking. Mamaw also spent time rocking Dylan and Taylor to sleep and holding them until they woke up feeling safe and secure as I did. To this day, nothing makes my family feel more secure, comfortable and loved than Mamaw€™s arms. My Mom and Richard were fortunate to have had their mother for so many years but I feel that maybe I was even luckier, not many people get to be 43 years old and still have their grandmother. I€™d like to take this opportunity with all of you now to thank God for that. (thank you) My grandmother was the best of us all she was generous, honory, kind, stubborn, loving, and caring. Mamaw always listened to what we had to say, never criticized or judged and she was honestly interested in our lives. Three weeks ago we celebrated her 92nd birthday in the hospital with family and friends that love her. We had sherbet ice cream and she said that she loved it. Mamaw never cared where we were or what we did as long as we were all together. Some people have said that it is better to have loved and lost than to never to love at all. Few can say that they know what it means to be loved unconditionally. We do. That€™s how she loved us all. No questions, no requirements, no exceptions, just total unyielding love. My kids will tell you that Mamaw hung the moon and placed every star in the sky and if you argue, you better be ready for a fight. Mamaw was nearly perfect and if you don€™t believe me than you just didn€™t know her. I could spend more time going through all of the wonderful things she did for us but I think it would be better to say the best things she did. Mamaw loved us without question or hesitation and she was always there for us. If you know me, you know that I argued with Mamaw for as long as I can remember. We always ended everything with €œI Love You More€. Every card, every phone call every visit ended the same way €œI Love You More€. Today I concede, Mamaw, you loved us more but we miss you more.

  2. I joined this family almost 20 years ago when I met and married Michael. It was only our 3rd date Michael introduced me to who he described as the most wonderful person in the world, his grandmother, Mamaw. From the very first time I met her I knew that she was someone special and she proved me right over and over again. I remember our first Christmas together and Mamaw crocheted me a pair of slippers that I still have to this day. Michael and I weren’t married yet and she still spent the time to personally make a gift for me. She always made me feel special and loved. Mamaw was a strong independent woman that lived by herself for almost 40 years. I remember asking her why didn’t she remarry and she said €œ they only made one for me and I don’t settle for second best€. She loved once and for her whole life. I believe that she is in heaven with Earl right now as happy as she can be. When I needed to talk she was there for me. When I was feeling low she brought me up. When I needed advice she guided me in the right direction and maid me feel strong enough to follow through. I wasn’t lucky enough to have spent my whole life with her but in the years we had together she changed me for the better. She helped me to see how incredible love could be and while I don’t profess to be able to love as much as her I can say that I loved her as much as anyone could.

  3. Mom (she embraced me as though as I were her own) was a great blessing in my life. How I enjoyed her ! I’m missing her terribly already. To her family, you “all” were her life. Thanks for sharing her with me for the past 51 yrs. Love & hugs……..Sandy

  4. I havent seen you in years, I was probably 4 or 5?! But I did have the pleasure of talking to you and catching up on life earlier this year. I know you can see me now and watch over my family and I. My heart and thoughts with your family today and everyday.

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