Audrey Phyllis Derusseau

February 5, 1928 to July 9, 2017

Audrey Derusseau was born February 5th 1928 in Wisconsin. She was one of twelve siblings, born to Albert Kumm and his wife Ula Stetler. Audrey was born right in the middle and as she often said, has been in the middle ever since! In 1949 Audrey married Harold Leroy Nelson and together had 4 children, Dennis, Sheri, Debbie, and Jimmy. A few years after Harold’s death, Audrey married Edward Derusseau in 1967, moved to San Diego, and had a son, Thomas. Audrey remained in University Heights until her death, for a total of 51 years.

From a young age, Audrey was always full of life. Often known for playing pranks on her siblings on the farm they lived on as a child and later in life, on her husband, Ed, and even her children and grandchildren. 

Audrey once disguised her self so well one Halloween that when she rang the front doorbell of her home, having Ed answer promptly, he immediately asked her to leave, not recognizing his own wife dressed up in a flapper girls Halloween costume. Audrey became known for such jokes as her humor and lust for life was infectious. 

Audrey loved music and could be heard often singing around the house or performing a jig in the middle of the family room for everyones entertainment. There were many evenings gathered around the family bar visiting with Audrey, Tecate in hand, playing cards in front of her, listening to her lifetime of stories about her youth, the War, working amusing odd jobs and just life in general. We will all hold these memories close to hearts and spend many nights in the future recounting them with each other as she did with us.

One of Audrey’s favorite past times was heading out in the neighborhood looking for garage sales and often wandering into the local thrift stores looking for deals, and anything any one person may need. If you needed something, anything, there was a very good chance that Audrey had at least three of them laying around her house that our family lovingly called “Grandma’s House of Wonders”.

Audrey was loving, vibrant, generous, vivacious, caring and most of all, irreplaceable. She was definitely one of a kind, and anyone lucky to have known her would agree that this world has truly lost a rare Angel. 

Audrey is survived by her four children, Dennis, Sheri, Jimmy, Thomas, her 9 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

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