PARKLAND, FLA. — Audrey Jean Williams Hollenbeck Davis of Parkland, Fla., passed away Aug. 27, 2012, of natural causes at her home. Audrey was born Aubrey Jean Williams in Moose River to Ernest Williams and Bertha McDaniels Williams, April 29, 1921.
Audrey was the fourth of five children and was the only surviving child. At the age of 5 Audrey and her family moved to Sorrento after the death of her mother, Bertha, in childbirth with her younger sister, Carol. Audrey graduated from Sullivan High School in 1939. Audrey spent many days supplying water and food to the soldiers who would pass by her home during World War II. She married William Henry Hollenbeck of Bay City, Mich., July 9, 1940, in Sorrento, and had one daughter, Sandra Lee. The couple later divorced. Audrey worked in Portland for a couple of years at the shipyard alongside her stepmother and family to help out during World War II. At this time she met John Walters, who was serving in the Army. Although they never got a chance to marry before he was sent to France, they had one daughter, whom she gave up in a private adoption; her name is Bonita. She then married Harold Peter Davis of Lamoine in a civil ceremony at the First Methodist Church, West Palm Beach, Fla., Jan. 28, 1951. She had five children from this marriage, Diana, Shelly, Robin, Peter and Timothy. Audrey later in life took a job as a dietitian at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth, and also worked nights during the harvest at Wyman’s Blueberry Factory, Ellsworth. After many years at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital she moved to San Diego, Calif., and resided there for many years after her divorce. She moved to Parkland, Fla., in October 2007, to live with her daughter and son in-law. She had many passions in her life, Lilac Flowers, steamed clams, lobster, picking up shells on Sanibel Island, cats and slot machines. She always said if she could win the lottery she’d go to Vegas and live in a casino! She loved Florida and the warm weather and if she could have sat out on a balcony over looking the ocean for the rest of her days, she would have.
Audrey is survived by seven children, Sandra, Bonita, Diana, Shelly, Robin, Peter and Timothy; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Her final resting place will be Simpson Cemetery, East Sullivan, next to her beloved father, whom she adored and cherished. Informal services will be held 2 p.m. Sept. 8, 2012, at Simpson Cemetery, East Sullivan.
At the request of Audrey, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, the Mary Dow Center for Cancer Care, 50 Union St., Ellsworth, ME 04605. (207) 664-5311.