Audrey (Watkins) Hakanson, the “Girl with the Most Umph” (as voted by her 1945 Sutherlin High School classmates) passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2013. She was born on October 30, 1927 to Alfred and Signa Watkins in Aberdeen, Washington. After graduating from Sutherlin High School, Audrey attended Northwestern School of Commerce and worked for the Bank of California in Portland. While there, she married Bob Brown who died at a young age. In 1954 Audrey and Bud Hakanson were married and together they enjoyed raising their four daughters. Audrey’s family was very important to her and she especially enjoyed infusing Swedish traditions into the Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Audrey was a successful entrepreneur owning fabric stores in Roseburg and Springfield, Oregon. She was a huge supporter of her husband Bud’s career in education. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, she enjoyed animals, nature, and gardening. She was keenly aware of Douglas County history and volunteered for the Lane House Museum in Roseburg. She loved the arts, and was an award winning collector specializing in teddy bears. Audrey was a talented and accomplished seamstress, knitter and quilter. Audrey was the beloved wife of Bud, who preceded her in death. She will be missed by her four daughters: Marilynne Albers; Pat Lillich; Karen Glassman; and Lisa Anderson; seven grandchildren: Jason Burgess; Michael and Dennis Albers; Melina, Meagan and Nate Lillich; Matt Glassman; Erik and Kristin Anderson; four great-grandchildren: Adam Albers; Collin Burgess; Sophia and Kylie Albers; and four son-in-laws: Theo Albers; Alan Lillich; Tony Glassman; and Steven Anderson. The family would like to thank “Saint” Ramona (Audrey’s good friend and caregiver) as well as the many staff members at Rose Haven who cared for Audrey over the last few years of her life. A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013, at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association. Please visit www.wilsonschapeloftherosesfh.com to sign the guest book and leave condolences. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Douglas County Historical Society at P.O. Box 2534, Roseburg, OR 97470.
Audrey Joyce Hakanson
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