Audrey Mae SpencerSpencer Historical CemeteryHenry Straight / William Spencer Family Cemetery
Vaughn Historical CemeterySpencers of East Greenwich, RI
Audrey’s immediate family
7 December 2003

Heather: Who has been visiting you lately?

Audrey: Amber. She comes here often! She’s jumping around here getting everything in order. She straightens out my clothes. She makes sure I have everything I need. I haven’t forgotten what she looks like! (Laughter)

18 May 2004

Heather: I hear you went to Stephanie’s baby shower?

Audrey: Deardra took me to the party. Yes, it was a beautiful party. I had a lovely time. Stephanie’s baby will have the Spencer blood. (B.J.’s mother’s birth name was Margaret Spencer) Isn’t that amazing?
26 June 2004

Heather: Hello Mother. What are your thoughts today?

Audrey: I’m thinking about Vaughn. He is crazy about tractors. He is always polishing it.

Also, the memoirs (copies of Glimpses of the Past: Morning Conversations with Audrey) are very interesting. I’ve got all the papers in my bookcase. I sit here and rock back and forth in my little roll-around (companion chair). My rocker is all I need. I can get around all flat spaces. It is so handy. I am so comfortable.

I’m here with my bookcase. There are three shelves and they are loaded. I got a big dictionary and a big Bible and my addresses (address book) which is necessary so I don’t want to throw it away. It’s very necessary for me when I want to look for something. I haven’t finished The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw.

Spen and Carol were here.

I’ll always remember and be amused by Brian, Jr’s response after I read The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat, he said “That’s impossible. That can’t happen. They can’t eat each other up!”  I explained to him that it’s a fairy tale.

10 July 2004

Heather: Mother, ugly people do not have pretty children! Ugly people have ugly children! And ugly women do not catch good-looking men! The only reason you thought you were ugly was because you got the tall gene and you were a head taller than your mother or your sister at a time in history when it was a sign of beauty to be short! Today, it is a blessing to be tall. History repeats itself with what is fashionable and fashions are stupid! You were still a head shorter than your father and you were still pretty, even though you were a head taller than your mother or sister. When I looked at your wedding picture with all the family standing side-by-side, I realized that.

Audrey: All my kids were so beautiful. Same difference. I thought the world of you kids. Having seven kids, it was such a blessing to have a baby in your arms. They say the terrible two, but I loved the terrible twos.

You were all darling. When Crystal was in the crib, she said “Mother, come get these wet guys (wet diapers). Doug was a quiet boy and Heather was quiet, too.  Spen was full of mischief.  Crystal was full of mischief.  Vaughn, he was the last baby.

We went over to Aunt Jeannie’s everyday in the afternoon and chairs were all outside. Aunt Jeannie loved to watch the kids. She had our toys over there. When Aunt Di came, she put our toys on the refrigerator. Di did not want kids there and the lady upstairs didn’t want kids. Dick, he would always yell at them. He said he wanted to throw her in the river to get rid of her.

Oh, I loved the grandchildren. Belinda was the first one. Little Hannah is doing her thing and so is Emma. Meagan has this beautiful thick head of hair. Mathew wants to be a chef. Jessica is full of life and Mark’s children are all so beautiful.

 

11 September 2004

Heather: Hello, Mother. How are you doing today at Alpine?

I feel fine.  I sit here and look out (the window).  Always something going on.

When Amber comes over, she fixes the bookcase.  Amber hasn’t come over lately.   O dear, I’m getting sleepy.

11 September 2004

Heather: O.K. I’ll call tomorrow. I love you.

Yes, I love you too, Heather.

12 September 2004

Heather: Hi, Mother. Today is Sunday. How do you feel?

I’m fine.  Feel very good.

Spen and Carol are happy together.

I’m reading Martin Luther King, Jr.’s book  How to Love.  It is very, very, very good.  I had a hard time to put it down.  Now I have a hard time to pick it up.  I can’t reach it.

12 September 2004

Heather: An Alpine staff member will come and help you reach it, I’m sure. Tell me something about a couple of your great grandchildren.

Meagan Elizabeth is a very pretty little girl.  Meagan Elizabeth is a pretty name.

12 September 2004

Heather: The fact that Elizabeth is also a family name really adds to the name, I’m sure.

Jessica, she is a jolly little girl.  She is always dancing around and always full of life.  She is very cute too.

All (of my great grandchildren) are lovely children.  Can’t find anything wrong with any of them.

17 September 2004

Mark Ray MacDonald, Jr.

Audrey’s Great-Grandson

Mark Ray MacDonald, Jr.

Born September 17, 2004 at 8:59PM
7lbs. 6 oz
Proud parents are Tonya (née Paolilli) and Mark MacDonald

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