|Birth: ||Oct. 23, 1923, England|
|Death: ||Sep., 2008|
Audrey was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England to Annie and Walter Grimstead.
She was a veteran of World War II serving in the Women's Royal Auxiliary Air Force for three years as a motor transport driver at air bases in Lincolnshire.
She met her future husband, Willis Wayne Brother-in- Law Braden of Beaumont, Texas in 1943, when he was stationed in Cleethorpes for a short time. They maintained occasional contact through the war until he invited her to come to the United States in 1947. Willis Wayne encountered some problems in bringing Audrey to the United States and he contacted a young congressman named Jack Brooks for assistance in assuring a return funding agreement for the unmarried Audrey. Audrey arrived July 11, 1947, at the Jefferson County Airport and they drove straight up to Kountze, Texas and got married by the Justice of the Peace on that date. Audrey and Willis Wayne Braden were married 51 years.
Audrey was active in the Overseas Wives Club in Beaumont and enjoyed a wonderful friendship with Mrs. Peggy Hewitt of Beaumont, Texas until Peggy's passing in the early 1980's. Audrey and Peggy were accomplished seamstresses and operated a small blouse shop from Peggy's home on Woodrow Street for a period in the 1960's. Audrey worked for Rogers Brothers Investments as a keypunch operator for several years in the 1960's and 1970's. In later years, Audrey and Willis Wayne were often seen at local arts and crafts shows selling their homemade Christmas theme ceramics. Audrey served as treasurer of the South Park Neighborhood Association for a period in the 1990's and participated in the Citizens-on-Patrol organization. In recent years, Audrey resided in the Harbor Unit at Calder Woods.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne A. and Syble E. Braden and a sister, Peggy Grimstead of Bedford; grandchildren Christine E. Braden, Ryan W. Braden and Cherice E. Braden; nephews Michael Miguez and Robert Grier; nieces Peggy Jo Hull, Natalie Grier and Nadine Grier.
Audrey was preceded in death by her husband Willis Wayne Braden, a brother, Arthur H. Grimstead and a sister, Jean Grimstead.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home
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Record added: Sep 26, 2008
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